Reactivate Expired American Airlines Miles Promotion

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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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