Reactivate Expired American Airlines Miles Promotion

by on December 15, 2011 · 2 comments

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American Airlines, who just announced an amazing double elite miles promotion, also announced a new promo to buy back expired miles through December 31, 2011. Normally AA allows you to buy back miles at $50 for every 5,000 miles (subject to 7.5% Federal excise tax), plus a $30 processing charge per transaction, per account

With their current promotion:

  • Contact AAdvantage Customer Service at 1-800-882-8880 (ask for “AAdvantage Account” at the Main Menu)
  • Reactivate rates are as follows, plus 7.5% federal excise tax
    • $200 – to reactivate 1 – 50,000 expired miles
    • $400- to reactivate 50,001 – 75,000 expired miles
    • $600 – to reactivate more than 75,000 expired miles

If you know someone who has lost a ton of miles, this could be a cheaper way to get them back. However, if you’ve loss less than 20,000 miles I wouldn’t recommend buying the miles back unless you know you can use them for more than 1 cent a piece towards future redemptions.

Hat tip TPG reader Miriam!

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  • greek2me

    Not sure if they are still doing it, but earlier this year I took advantage of AA’s “reengagement challenge” for those interested in reacquiring expired miles. For 1-50,000 miles you would have to complete one of three things within 6 months of signing up for this “challenge”. They are:
    • Taking out a AA Citibank Card and earn 750 base miles
    • Earn 5000 miles using any 3 different partners (can be airlines, hotels, travel, shopping, etc)
    • Fly one r/t trip on AA earning at least 750 miles each way for a total of 1500 miles
    Sure beats paying cash!

  • spacejunk

    FYI, according to the promotion, this offer is available through December 31, 2012

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