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American Airlines’ AAdvantage program just launched a new Holiday Bonus Miles promotion offering up to 50,000 bonus miles — in addition to the miles you’d otherwise earn — for earning miles through certain AAdvantage partners.

Here’s how it works: AAdvantage is giving members a “holiday to-do list.” You get a bonus for checking items off the list now through December 31. The bonuses get larger as you complete more partner tasks:

Number of partners Bonus miles awarded Total miles
1 +500 500
2 +1,000 1,500
3 +1,500 3,000
4 +2,000 5,000
5 +4,000 9,000
6 +5,000 14,000
7 +6,000 20,000
8 +8,000 28,000
9 +10,000 38,000
10 +12,000 50,000

But, before you can start earning, you need to register first. If this link doesn’t auto-fill the promotion code, enter code AAHOL. (Yes, AAHOL.)

Even if you don’t think you’re going to play along, it can’t hurt to register and get a bonus or two from AAdvantage earning partners you’d use otherwise.

So, what are the tasks?

If you complete all tasks, you’ll be earning at least 24,217 miles from the promotion plus the 50,000 bonus miles.

Some of these tasks are easier and cheaper than others. The shopping portal option is an easy way of earning bonus miles in addition to miles you already earn from shopping portals. And, it shouldn’t be too hard to check off the Miles for Opinions and AAdvantage Dining options.

The mail-order wine and 1-800-FLOWERS options aren’t terribly cheap ways to check off additional tasks, but could make sense if you can utilize the purchases. The Hilton, Avis/Budget and Rocketmiles tasks are going to take some traveling, but the required minimums aren’t very high so it might be worth going after these.

The last two tasks are going to take a little more of a commitment. If you have non-discounted Sprint service already, make sure to link your Sprint account to your AAdvantage account through the promotional website. You’ll earn 417 miles per month, which is enough to trigger the bonus. If you have a discounted Sprint service or another cell phone provider, it’s a hard sell to switch carriers just for this bonus.

LifeLock is even more confounding. The terms and conditions note that “new members must earn 7,000 miles during the promotion period to qualify for the bonus.” However, LifeLock requires you to be “an active LifeLock member for 91 days to earn AAdvantage miles.” So, there’s no way of doing that before December 31.

Update: American Airlines has reached out to clarify that “the date that’s taken into account is not when the miles post to your account, but the date of the activity with each partner. In LifeLock’s case, it’s the date you sign up.” That means that all you need to do is sign-up for LifeLock before December 31 to check this item off of the list.

Existing LifeLock members who signed up through AAdvantage in the past are in luck, though. If your “anniversary miles” post during the promotion period, you’ll complete the task. If your anniversary miles don’t post before December 31, you can “contact AAdvantage Customer Service and request to be manually qualified for the promotion by providing proof of current Lifelock membership.”

The problem with these two being so difficult is that the last two tasks are the most valuable. Of the 50,000 potential bonus miles, 22,000 of these bonus miles come from completing the final two tasks.

Know what’s an easier way of earning 60,000 bonus AAdvantage miles? Signing up for the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard. You’ll earn that bonus after signing up and spending $3,000 in the first three months. Plus, it’s a great card for defeating basic economy.

Bottom Line

It makes sense to register for this promotion and maybe change your purchases around a bit to complete a few tasks. Just go into this promotion with a realistic expectation for how many bonus miles you’ll earn.

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