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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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More Things to Know
  • For a limited time, earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • New: Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent at gas stations*
  • New: Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent at restaurants*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • New: Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount after you spend $20,000 or more in purchases during your cardmembership year and renew your card*
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
  • Enjoy preferred boarding on American Airlines flights*
  • Receive 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights*
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.49% - 25.49%* (Variable)
Annual Fee
$99, waived for first 12 months*
Balance Transfer Fee
3% of each balance transfer; $5 minimum.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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