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Now through October 8th, you can purchase AAdvantage miles with 10% off the sticker price and up to 42,500 bonus miles.  Although there are plenty of other ways to earn American Airlines AAdvantage miles, let’s take a look at the deal.

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How Much Are 42,500 Bonus AAdvantage Miles Worth?

I received an email from American Airlines with the subject line “Get miles + 42,500 bonus miles” and a link.  Note, I had to be logged in for the page to come up, so there’s a small chance this is targeted.

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In order to trigger the bonus miles, but maximize our return, we’ll want to but the lowest amount possible at each tier noted above:  20,000, 40,000, 60,000, 80,000, and 100,000 AAdavantage miles. Let’s work out the cents per mile:

  • 20,000 miles and get 27,000 for $604.69 (~2.239 cents per mile)
  • 40,000 miles and get 55,000 for $1,175.52 (~2.137 cents per mile)
  • 60,000 miles and get 82,500 for $1,746.34 (~2.116 cents per mile)
  • 80,000 miles and get 111,00 for $2,317.17 (~2.087 cents per mile)
  • 100,000 miles and get 142,500 for $2,887.99 (~2.026 cents per mile)

As you can see, the cost per mile drops as you purchase more, which is typical for these kinds of promotions.  Still, at over 2 cents per mile, there are a lot of other ways to build up you AAdvantage balance first.  The only time I’d ever recommend buying American Airlines AAdvantage miles is…

…wait, I don’t think I would ever recommend buying these!

Comment below if you think differently, I’d be interested to hear your opinions!

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