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Reactivate Expired American Airlines Miles Promotion

Dec. 15, 2011
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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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