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Last week, American Airlines announced it was celebrating the 35th anniversary of its AAdvantage program by giving away 350,000 miles to 35 people. Not only that, but everyone could get up to 700 miles just for signing up. Now, with the carrier’s latest promotion, frequent flyers can earn up to 50,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for travel to Europe. You can earn a bonus when you fly between North America and Europe with American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair or Iberia, so this is a great way to rack up even more miles with British Airways’ fantastic business-class sale fares.

The bonus miles you’ll receive will depend on the fare class you book into and how many times you travel round-trip between the two continents. Here’s the breakdown on how many bonus AAdvantage miles you’ll receive when you take part in this promotion:

Round-Trips Bonus Miles Earned for First or Business Class Fares Bonus Miles Earned for Premium Economy or Select Full-Fare Economy Bonus Miles Earned for Other Economy Fares
1 25,000 15,000 2,000
2 25,000 15,000 2,000
Total 50,000 30,000 4,000

The offer is good between now and July 31, 2016. To take advantage, register with AA before booking your travel at and enter the code NAS16. Note that you must register prior to travel in order to get the bonus miles. In all, if you fly round-trip between North America and Europe in business or first class twice before July 31, you could come out with an additional 50,000 bonus AAdvantage miles. Unfortunately, these bonus miles don’t count toward elite status qualification or Million Miler status.

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Earn up to 50,000 bonus AAdvantage miles.

If anything, this offer is a good way to earn some more AAdvantage miles on your travel. Even if you’re not flying in first or business class on a round-trip ticket, you can still earn some bonus miles for flying in economy — more in full-fare economy than the discounted economy tickets. You’ll get 4,000 miles for two round-trips between the two continents in discounted economy. What makes this even more appealing is that you can earn these bonus miles on not only American Airlines-operated flights, but also those operated by British Airways, Finnair or Iberia.

You can also increase your AAdvantage miles stash by signing up for the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard. The card is currently offering 50,000 miles after you spend $5,000 in the first three months. In addition, you (and your authorized users) will get complimentary Admirals Club access. You’ll also earn 2 miles for every dollar spent with American Airlines, and 1 mile per dollar for everything else.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
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