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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard

American Airlines is giving away 1 million miles and more in a new sweepstakes. The airline is offering a grand prize of 500,000 AAdvantage miles plus a $3,000 cruise voucher. Additionally, entrants can win one of five 100,000-mile prizes.

Registering for the sweepstakes is free — you only have to opt-in to receive AA’s weekly cruise deal email. American offers bonus miles if you purchase cruises through its website and you can click here to sign up.

According to TPG’s most recent valuations 500,000 American miles are worth $7,000 while 100,000 miles would be worth $1,400.

What could 500,000 miles could get you? Well, you could book 20 round-trip transcontinental flights in economy or six round-trip flights from the continental US to Hawaii in business class.

American Airlines has some of its best business class seats on flights to Seoul (ICN) and Tokyo (NRT).
American Airlines business class on its 777-200, which it flies to Hawaii on some routes.

Or you and a friend could fly round-trip to Hong Kong in Cathay Pacific first class and still have 60,000 miles to spare.

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500,000 miles could get you two round-trip tickets to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific first class.

Only those living in the US are eligible, and make sure you enter before January 31, 2018. Winners will be notified within 65 days of the sweepstake’s closing.

If you’re still in need of some AA miles after all this, consider signing up for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard which is offering an elevated sign-up bonus of 60,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months of card membership. The card even offers 10% of your redeemed American miles back every year, so if you’re trying to maximize a 100,000 miles sweepstakes win, this would be a great way to do just that.

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