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American Airlines is currently offering a mileage bonus on travel to Asia — up to 30,000 bonus AAdvantage miles when you take two round-trip flights. While it’s certainly not an offer you should go out of your way to take advantage of and there are a fair amount of restrictions, it could be worth signing up for if you’ve been planning to travel to Asia. Keep in mind you must register for the promotion and purchase tickets on or after August 31, 2016.

American’s site states that the promotion includes Hong Kong (HKG), Seoul (ICN), Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (PVG) and Tokyo (HND). Here’s how the mileage earning breaks down:

  • 15,000 AAdvantage miles for first class tickets
  • 8,000 AAdvantage miles for business class tickets
  • 3,000 AAdvantage miles for main cabin tickets
  • 1,000 AAdvantage miles on select discount economy tickets

Note that you must register for this promotion using the promo code ASF16, and the flights must be on American or JAL marketed or operated nonstop flights between North America and Asia between September 15 and December 10, 2016. Also note that American’s route between Dallas (DFW) and Hong Kong (HKG) and JAL flights between Hawaii and Japan do not qualify for this promotion.

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In addition, if you’re planning on taking advantage of this offer, be aware that the promotion is only valid in certain fare classes. Here’s what’s eligible:

Includes First and Business Class fares booked in F, A, P, J, R, D or I; Full-fare Economy Class fare booked in Y; select Economy Class fares booked in H, K, M, L, W, V, G, S or O on American Airlines marketed flights; First and Business Class fares booked in F, A, J, C, D, X or I; Premium and Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in W, E, Y or B; select Economy Class fares booked in H, K, M, L, V or S. Flights marketed or operated by other codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion.

Overall, this promotion could be worth it if you’re planning on going to Asia, although it’s probably not worth going out of your way to fly American. There are many restrictions to this promotion, and in order to take advantage of the maximum of 30,000 AAdvantage miles available you have to fly round-trip (in first class) twice.

In addition, AA’s also offering another promotion in conjunction with JAL. With this promo, you can earn up to 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles when you fly round-trip beyond Tokyo to any destination in Japan. You’ll earn 1,000 miles on a round-trip in business or first class and 500 miles for select economy class fares for travel between September 15 and December 10, 2016. You must register prior to travel from August 31 to December 10, 2016 with the promotion code FLY16. This promo is eligible for economy class fares booked in Y, H, K, M, L, W, V, G, S or O on AA marketed flights and economy class fares booked in Y or A on JAL marketed flights.

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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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  • 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®
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  • 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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