1,000 Free AAdvantage Miles for First 20,000 People Only

by on February 27, 2012 · 60 comments

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Link to play the game to get 1,000 free miles.

Update: This appears to be dead.. I’m still going to keep an eye on it to see if they open it up to more contestants given the popularity of the promotion. Feel free to Tweet @AAdvantage and let them know you weren’t happy about the buggy site and super limited time the promotion was available. I have no idea why they’d email so many people for such a limited promotion- seems like a waste of time to me!

Update 2: I Tweeted @AAdvantage and they Tweeted right back that there are technical difficulties: “@AAdvantage: @thepointsguy Sorry for the inconvenience Brian! Our developers are aware of an issue and are working on a fix.” Stay tuned..seems like this may be re-opened at some point.

Update 3: The game seems to be working and it confirmed I got the 1,000 free miles as of 3:25pm EST. Score!

Wait until the very end to get confirmation of your free miles

I just got this email (see image below) from American Airlines with a link to play an online “hidden object game” called “Find the Emerald” that takes you through the benefits of Oneworld’s elite status levels and to earn 1,000 AAdvantage miles and register for a chance to win two business class tickets around the world on Oneworld alliance partners. The site was loading slow for me, so you might want to try going directly to the game with this link.

My email from AAdvantage explaining the game and the T&C.

The chance to earn the miles and business class tickets is limited to the first 20,000 registrants only. I know the email was sent to me as an Executive Platinum member, and I’m not sure if only Exec Plats get the chance to play, but you might as well try, so hurry up and play at this link now!

Here are the Terms and Conditions:


1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. 2 ENTRY DETAILS: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years or older. 3. Sweepstakes begins at 11:59 a.m. Eastern time (“ET”] February 22, 2012 and all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET time on April 27, 2012. 4. ELIGIBILITY: Employees and agents of Sponsor, Administrator and affiliates, agencies, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, and members of such employees’ and agents’ immediate families and individuals living in the same household with such employees or agents, are not eligible to win. 5. PRIZE DETAILS: One Prize consisting of 2 oneworld® Explorer 3- continent tickets, ARV $21,480.56. 6. ODDS: Odds of winning depend on number of Eligible Entries. 7. Void where prohibited. 8. Participation is subject to complete Official Rules by which all entrants are bound. Available at 9. Entrants release all parties from all claims/liability arising from this Sweepstakes or acceptance/use of any Prize. 10. Sponsor: oneworld Management Company, Inc., 2 Park Avenue, Suite 1100, New York, NY 10016 USA.

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  • Citiiiiii

    Ten 99 if u win for full cost of 2 J tix?

  • Citiiiiii

    Arv 20$k

  • MidCentModFan

    The Website crashed. “Service unavailable”

  • Mike Galicki

    Stalling for me at 50%

  • Maxim

    Received the email and registered around 10-12,000 people. The site was slow and buddy, so you had to battle through it.

  • William

    I’m getting a ERROR PLACEHOLDER message when trying to register.

  • freqflyercoll

    Another blog picked this up earlier…but a lot of people who tried to do the game (myself included), found that we could not click on anything within the game, and when we tried to register at the end, it would give a cryptic error message about needing to access the form within the game. So yea, this little promotion seems broken every which way :-P

  • bd

    Finally got through – took about 20 minutes. I was able to complete the “quiz” with a total of 17,800 pt – about 8000 of 23800 people so far.

  • Mike Galicki

    Got through. 18,000 points. ranked 6066 of 2x,xxx

  • Vzwkelly

    Yeah…I did the whole thing and when I entered my information I got service unavaiable

  • MidCentModFan

    I made it through too after multiple tries. I initially got the error placeholder message, but after I clicked back a page and re-submitted my registration, it worked. I received a confirmatory e-mail that acknowledges contest registration and also states that I have earned 1000 miles. I think I was around the 15,000th person to register (I was typing too quickly to notice).

  • bd

    I’m only the lonely (what a great song) gold member – but I did get the email. Once I was in, I was able to repeat the game using each of my family members AA number – so hopefully I have increased my chances. As of a couple of minutes ago there were 25,000 entrants and the top score (perfect) is 18400. Don’t know if that makes any difference in terms of chances to win the tickets. Wonder if the winners will get a 1099 for the tickets (as Citti??? suggested) – probably…

    BTW – only reason I’m a gold member is that I jumped on the AA 75,000 each credit card offers last fall. The 150,000 miles I received pushed me over the 1,000,000 mark – Thanks Points Guy!!

  • Anonymous

    I was over 20k but it still said I will get the free miles.

  • Anonymous

    I was over 20k as well, but it still said I get the miles.. can’t complain

  • Anonymous

    The game is now fixed so you should be able to play

  • Anonymous

    Most likely

  • xtc

    got “ERROR PLACEHOLDER” after finishing the game and entering in my FF#

  • Tbemille3

    I have no status with American and I just completed the game and got confirmation that I earned 1000 points. Earned 18,400 points, there were over 26,000 registered when I finished.

  • Danny

    For anyone still struggling with this I’ve “played” the game 8 times through now and each time once I enter my info it mysteriously stalls on me. So who knows? Maybe I’ve entered 8 times; maybe none. Clearly there are still some gremlins in the system.

  • Yippeee3

    I still cannot get in – been trying for over 30 minutes – bummer!

  • xtc

    2nd time through it said i ranked #1 out of 27k, then “Service Unavailable” after inputting my info. should have screenshotted it.

  • Jmw2323

    slow motion website

  • Jmw2323

    made it through all 3 rooms. then it froze. refreshed and sent back to the beginning

  • Htran

    I got an email confirming my participation!

  • theblakefish

    Took about 15 minutes but I got it — 15k-odd placement out of 28k entries but it stated that I would receive the points. Fun idea but poorly designed game — thanks for the heads-up TPG!

  • Jon

    Site appears to be down. TPG effect? :)

  • Anonymous

    Ouch, this is painful. Constant hanging. I have been trying to do this little promotion for 25 minutes. Still won’t go all the way through to the page where I would guess I put in my AA FF #. Clearly way more popular than they bargained for.

  • Jon

    Update: I just completed the game and filled out the form. I was somewhere around # 30,500. If AA only awards miles to the first 20k people, this deal is dead.

  • RakSiam

    just like any other sweepstakes you gotta pay the taxes if you win.

  • worldtraveller2

    Error Placeholder and that was all the way thru to registration page! grrrrr!

  • worldtraveller2

    o, and I was 29949 out of 31802

  • Patti

    I just completed it and earned a ton of bonus pts I did not know what to do with…

  • Bender

    I think I’d have to pass on that:

    PRIZE DETAILS: One Prize consisting of 2 oneworld® Explorer 3- continent tickets, ARV $21,480.56.

  • Kathy

    I received 5 emails from AA saying that I earned 1,000 miles. I think this happened because the last “register” screen seeemed to be frozen and I clicked it a few times while waiting.

  • Frustrated_with_this_game

    Me too. Should I keep trying?

  • JMSL


  • Points

    Error Placeholder after playing the game and filling in the registration

  • Rebecca

    According to my last screen, “Currently I rank 1 out of 39,897″. How long does it take to get the email confirmation?

  • David Lux

    I’m making it through the entire game, entering info, etc. and seeing “ERROR PLACEHOLDER” in the top left of the game screen.

  • Ann

    Me too.

  • Rebecca

    I just played 7 times for my family and didn’t have any issues.

  • calbear77

    If it makes you feel any better, you won’t win. :) And of course, if I successfully reverse-jinxed you just now, I’ll pay your taxes and take the trip. :)

  • Dayna

    I tried 3 times, but got the Error Placeholder message as well.

  • Kilton9

    I just finished it and got the final “You’ve been entered” screen, but the “You got 1000 miles” text was missing.

  • Zeke Kersey

    I just played and it let me register for the trip but it looks like the miles bonus is gone. I got the error placeholder message too the first time so I reloaded the page and played successfully and it says my standing is “1 out of 44873″ so maybe I didn’t get the miles and maybe I won’t win the trip but at least I know my memory and reaction times are damn good! ; )

  • IPBrian

    I got in early…got a confirmation email.

  • Eggss4

    The site worked for me but I didn’t see anything about mileage earning on the last page, just a place to enter my AA#.

  • newfie49

    I just got in and registered………

  • Michael

    Thanks for the heads up on this — I finally got in after way too much time spent. Wish AA would realize that there will be a flurry of activity and buy up larger server space or something so that its clients don’t get frustrated having to repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 only to have it time out…

  • Bethodonnell

    I got registered but alas no 1K points.

  • Bohemiana

    How does the game work? I clicked on a bunch of items and nothing happens but I get timed out.

  • Michael

    As of 6:35 PM Central, they are just allowing entry into the sweepstakes instead of giving 1000 miles with it.

  • Anonymous

    This was posted on SlickDeals at 12:58 PM and hit 20,000 around 2:14 PM. Didn’t stand a chance…but its somehwere over 50,000+ now.

    Many people got the ERROR PLACEHOLDER. The trick was to just hit back, and click Enter again. You could also go through, and then re-do this with your AA account, BA Avios account, as well as for friends and family.

  • HikerT

    Finally working again – (and no lag). Currently #1 of 60903, lol.

  • MJLouise

    At least they were honest and communicated a cap on the number of 1K prizes given out, I do appreciate that.

  • theBOAT

    Ha! I’m currently #1 out of 77,081 entries :) AA (or OW) must want to give everyone a false sense of hope for winning those Biz class tix!


  • Jfadds


    THANKS !!!

  • Plextor555

    Don’t see anything about Aadvantage miles

  • Radio_active

    Never posted :(

  • HikerT

    Just noticed a 1000 mile bonus posted to my AA account, so it seems they are giving the 1000 miles to more than the first 20,000 entrants.

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