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Sprint is offering up to 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles for switching to Sprint (and 5000 miles for existing customers).
They have done this offer several times before – once in 2016, again in in 2017, and then a 30,000 mile offer later in 2017. You can see this Sprint promo page for more information about the current Sprint promo
Here are some of the highlights:
Up to 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles for switching to Sprint
There is a current promotion by Sprint and American Airlines – offering 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles for switching cell phone service to Sprint. You earn 20,000 AAdvantage® miles now (only for new customers), and you’ll get 5000 miles over the next 12 months (417 miles / month).
Existing customers are able to take advantage of the 5,000 miles (417 miles / month), though that will give up any discount you have through the Sprint Discount program (i.e. through your employer, school or other)
This offer is open for anyone – direct offer link.
Sprint cell network
I know that many people are very passionate about the quality of different cell networks and horror stories of poor customer service, network or both. Personally I believe that most cell phone networks are overall very similar and certainly location dependent. I also have heard plenty of stories, good and bad, of customer service at all of the cell phone companies. Like I said, a lot of it is dependent on the network conditions in your particular location (or the places where you travel).
I’ve had decent experience with the Sprint International Plan as well
(SEE ALSO: Reviewing the Sprint International Plan (does it work?))
My experience with this promo
I actually signed up for this a few years ago and did receive my 20,000 bonus AA miles (though the Sprint store employees that helped me had no idea what I was talking about 😀 ). I’ve been personally happy with my Sprint service,
Sign up and cancel?
If you are looking for a new long-term phone plan, then you can consider this promotion on its merits. I think that it’s a decent signup promotion value, but going forward, you’ll want to evaluate the 417 AA miles you get per month versus any other discounts you might get, such as through your work / employer. Most major employers and many groups and organizations offer cell phone discounts to all the major carriers, and those are typically in the range of ~20% off. I would say that would most likely be better than earning 417 American miles / month.
The other option would be if you’re brave enough to play “cell phone carrier switcheroo”, that you could take advantage of the signup bonus of this promotion. I do this with my gas and electric every few months, switching around to different carriers for better prices and signup bonuses. I will say that switching gas and electric services around can be a hassle and perhaps more time consuming than it’s worth, and I’d imagine it would also be a hassle to do this with phone companies but…. it seems that in a situation like mine, with an unlocked phone and no current contract, that I should be able to
- Sign up, pay the $30 activation fee, and get the 20,000 AAdvantage® miles
- Wait for the miles to post, paying for 1-2 months of service
So call it $100 all-in, though really it’s less than that since really my cost is any premium Sprint has over my current cell phone costs, which wouldn’t be a ton. Even paying $100 for 20,000 AAdvantage® miles seems like a pretty good deal.
Has anyone taken advantage of the Sprint AAdvantage® deal? Let me know your experiences in the comments
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Miles never posted. I followed up with Sprint multiple times. Sprint and AA both suck.
That’s a bummer! It worked for me but given the knowledge level of the Sprint associates in-store when I signed up, I could definitely see how it could slip through the cracks.
Just finished (hopefully) getting my account closed after trying since February. I would call to cancel, be told it was completed, only to find another charge on my autopay. Could not log into my account since I took their word for it on first closure attempt and got rid of the SIM/phone and you can’t log in without verification text sent to phone. Was told a credit is going to be applied which never happened; chat was useless also as most did not want to look up my account when I no longer had the number. Finally went to store and was told it was finally closed but I would have to wait until the full cycle (and charge) was complete. What a nightmare.
Sprint currently has a reasonable deal for bringing your own device. They dub it Sprint Unlimited Kickstart which is a slightly watered down unlimited plan. There is no activation fee and, assuming you have auto-pay on, is $25 for the first couple of months. Factor in taxes and this may be a way to get 20000 AAdvantage miles for $60 (and whatever headaches are involved with the inevitable need to contact Sprint customer support).
Were you able to get the miles with the Kickstart – I was told it is not eligible for miles with the kickstart.
Does anyone know if you can do this offer more than once? Switch to Sprint and get the miles, switch back to original carrier and do it again?
That is probably a YMMV situation. I’m thinking of switching off of Sprint because my promo price is up and then switching back but I wouldn’t count on the miles