Targeted: Earn 4,000 bonus miles for flying with American Airlines and JetBlue
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
American Airlines has just launched a new targeted promotion — this time, with its newest airline partner, JetBlue.
With this promotion, targeted AAdvantage members can earn 4,000 bonus miles for flying four segments: two on American and two on JetBlue. The flights must be to or from Boston or New York and completed by Oct. 7, 2021. This gives travelers five months to take advantage of this offer.
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Targeted members will earn 4,000 bonus miles — worth $56 based on TPG valuations — for flying two segments to/from New York or Boston on American and another two on JetBlue by Oct. 7, 2021. The bonus miles will be awarded after completing all four segments. In other words, you can't just take one flight to earn 1,000 bonus miles.
Related: American Airlines, JetBlue unveil reciprocal mileage and elite earnings — with a major twist
To see if you are targeted for this offer, check your emails from American Airlines or check the "Promotions" tab in your AAdvantage account. Several TPG staffers were targeted and it appears that elite status and state of residency don't determine eligibility.
If targeted, you must register for the promotion by June 20, 2021, to earn the bonus miles.
The biggest restriction is that flights must either originate or have a destination of Boston (BOS), New York-JFK, LaGuardia (LGA) or Newark (EWR). The offer doesn't include connecting flights taken before or after a direct flight to or from these airports.
You'll want to note that basic economy flights (fare class B on American or fare class L on JetBlue) are not eligible for this promotion, nor will JetBlue’s new London flights be once they launch. Award flights also don't count.
Earning American miles on JetBlue flights
American Airlines and JetBlue recently unveiled reciprocal mileage and elite earnings as a part of their Northeast-focused partnership.
If you choose to earn AAdvantage miles for JetBlue-operated flights, you will earn miles at an identical rate as if you were flying American Airlines itself:
- AAdvantage member – five miles for every U.S. dollar
- Gold elite member – seven miles/U.S. dollar (40% bonus)
- Platinum elite member – eight miles/U.S. dollar (60% bonus)
- Platinum Pro elite member – nine miles/U.S. dollar (80% bonus)
- Executive Platinum elite member – 11 miles/U.S. dollar (120% bonus)
Elite-qualifying criteria is by fare class and distance. Note that JetBlue’s basic economy tickets (fare class L) do not earn any elite qualifying miles.
|Cabin||Elite-qualifying miles per mile flown (EQMs)||Elite-qualifying segments (EQSs)||Elite-qualifying dollars (EQDs)|
|Full-fare Mint (“J” fare class)||3x||1.00||Based on fare spent|
|Discounted Mint (“C”, “D”, “I” fare classes)||2x||1.00||Based on fare spent|
|Economy||1x||1.00||Based on fare spent|
|Blue Basic/Basic economy||–||–||–|
Other ways to earn American miles
The best option for boosting your AAdvantage account is by signing up for a cobranded American Airlines credit card.
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® is currently offering a 80,000-mile sign-up bonus after spending $5,500 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. The reimbursed Global Entry fee will be handy for promptly getting you through immigration(up to $100), while the Admirals Club membership — including access for you and two travel companions — will make your departure and layovers much more pleasant. You can even add up to 10 authorized users to the card so they can enjoy Admirals Club access as well. Between you, your 10 authorized users and two guests each, you can get up to 33 people into the Admirals Club from one annual fee.
If you’re looking for a no-annual-fee card with solid earning on everyday spend, the American Airlines AAdvantage® MileUp® is offering a decent 10,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after spending just $500 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
Another easy signup bonus is the American Airlines card is the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®. The free checked bag on domestic itineraries and preferred boarding covers most of the benefits of entry-level elite status. And it earns 2x miles per dollar spent at gas stations, restaurants and on eligible American Airlines purchases. The sign-up bonus is currently 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening.
Related: The best credit cards for American Airlines flyers
If you have a business, the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® is offering a very generous 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first four months of account opening. This card has plenty of perks — such as a free checked bag on domestic itineraries and 2x miles on telecom merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants and at gas stations. But it has earned its place in my wallet thanks to the 25% rebate on Wi-Fi purchases. Since this discount applies to Gogo monthly purchases, I get more in statement credits ($150) than the annual fee on this card ($99, waived for the first year).
The information for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
This promotion is a great opportunity to earn a few extra AAdvantage miles to top off your account. While I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to book four new flights this year, if you happen to be traveling through Boston or New York in the next few months anyway, it wouldn’t hurt to grab the extra miles for your next adventure.