Through June 30, 2017, American Airlines are offering the biggest buy mile promotion — earn up to 100,000 bonus miles with 10% discount. With this promotion, you can buy AA miles as cheap as 1.72 cents per mile, the lowest price I have seen on purchased miles from AA in the past couple years.
In order to receive any bonus miles and discount under this promotion, you must purchase a minimum 11,000 miles. The cheapest price will kick in when you purchase the maximum 150,000 miles. You will receive 100,000 bonus miles plus 10% discount, for a total cost of $4,311.39, approximately 1.72 cents per mile.
As usual accounts less than 30 days old are not eligible for this promotion. You can only purchase up to 150,000 AA miles each calendar year. The purchase will be non-refundable and non-reversible, and purchased miles do not count towards elite status.
[SEE ALSO: When is buying airline miles worth it? In ONLY these 3 instances…]
To purchase or gift miles, click here. American Airlines processes purchased miles directly, so be sure to use a credit card that earns a category bonus on airfare purchases, including:
- The Platinum cards from American Express – 5 points per dollar spent;
- Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express – 3 points per dollar spent;
- Citi Prestige – 3 points per dollar spent;
- Chase Sapphire Reserve – 3 points per dollar spent;
- Chase Sapphire Preferred – 3 points per dollar spent.
(SEE ALSO: Top Credit card offers for June 2017)
I have lots of AA miles so I won’t participate in this promotion. Most of my AA miles were used for traveling to Asia in business or first class on Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific in the past couple years, since AA has been pretty bad in releasing awards on its own flights.
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No, most people should not be doing this. AA miles are virtually worthless. We need to stop promoting a currency that is so difficult to use at a good value.
I beg to differ. I used all my miles to book my hotel and rental car for vacation.
I had all these miles banked and thought I was going to lose them. Then to add a few extra 1000 miles for a fee was awesome. I don’t feel its a waste.
Have the miles banked and used for a hotel and rental car. I love it. May not work for all but it worked for me
Concur with Jason (and Sharon), “0since AA has been pretty bad in releasing awards on its own flights.”
In my family, we have four orphaned AA mileage accounts, with over a half million miles in them…. and finding award availability long in advance (and recognizing AA’s inexcusably nasty cancellation policies on award travel) means we’ve generally over the past five years been in one of the proverbial “holding” patterns with our AA miles…. (how ironic!)
Oddly enough, we’re often in the comical situation (every 18 months) of needing to do a purchase via the AA shopping portal or using a few points to buy a magazine subscription (easiest, quickest route) to keep the miles from “expiring.” (i.e. being stolen)
Every now and then, we fall for the travel blog sales pitches to get another AA card… and add yet another unusable 60k AA points. (oh, and good rebates on reward travel to some airports – maybe)
Ah, but now we’re told that by golly, if we want to buy lots more of the extremely hard to use AA points, we can get them at a minor discount. (even as cash prices for AA flights continue to … ahem, nose dive)
Bottom line: less than impressed with your post, sorry. If you want to really add value, wow us with an TIF-class idea rich posting (with lots of zen-daraius style charts & whizmos) showing us just how to use AA miles.
I am not trying to tell people that they should buy AA miles (or any miles/points when we write post like this here on PWaC.) It is meant to be news that we share in case some readers do have a need to buy miles.
About using AA miles, as I mentioned in the post, I used mine mostly to Asia in business or first class on partner airline. My family has nearly a million AA miles sitting around and we use them based on what availability I can find. Being in SF Bay Area, trying to find AA awards to Europe is impossible, but going Asia on Cathay or Japan Airline is easy since I always book the day schedule opens! I have also used AA miles occasionally for domestic flights, strangely there was availability for what I needed.
As Jeff commented, you can use AA miles, but you need to have flexibility, just like any other points/miles programs. It does take a lot of time to research and piece every flight together.
I have accumulated hundreds of thousands of miles in 3 accounts over the years via various credit card “situations”. With flexibility, I have been able to find great uses for them for business class flights. Sure, I often could not get the exact flights I wanted, nor stay away from British Air and their fees……but, believe me….I use these miles. This summer my wife is flying to Japan, business class both ways. I was not able to get her out of Tampa, but was able to get her out of Orlando via a saver business ticket. Returning, it had to be an anytime ticket……into Tampa…..but hey, FREE. Then, in the fall, we are flying business saver out of Orlando to Cantania, Sicily on British Air (drat the fees), but the tickets are over $8000 each one way, so who cares. Then we fly around Europe on Air Berlin, free. Then, home from Paris on AA metal into Miami, Free. You need to be very flexible, but one can use these miles for sure.