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Last year, I wrote about American Airlines’ implementation of mileage earning bonuses for first and business class fares for 2015. The bonuses were based on fare class as well as elite status with American, meaning Executive Platinum members would earn more than regular members.

Starting today, American will be upping the amount of bonus miles that regular AAdvantage members earn on premium fares:

American Airlines is increasing the amount of bonus miles that AAdvantage will earn on premium fares.
American Airlines is increasing the amount of bonus miles that AAdvantage will earn on premium fares.

Today, American Airlines emailed the following to its AAdvantage members:

In December, we announced our year-long bonus miles promotion. And now, the promotion is getting even more rewarding for American Airlines AAdvantage members. 

For travel starting May 15, 2015, AAdvantage members who purchase and fly on a First or Business Class ticket on American, US Airways or select partners will now receive up to 6,000 bonus miles on top of their base miles and the existing class of service bonus through December 31, 2015.

My Thoughts

Overall, I’m glad to see that American is upping the mileage bonus that regular AAdvantage members will receive for paid first and business-class fares. Per my recent valuations of miles and points, I value American AAdvantage miles at 1.7 cents, making those 6,000 bonus miles on first and business-class fares worth an extra $102, and the 3,000 bonus miles for discounted business worth an extra $51.

What are your thoughts on the increased mileage earning bonuses for regular AAdvantage members?

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