Earn bonus American Airlines miles for shopping with the SimplyMiles program

Mar 9, 2020

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Frequent flyers have more than one way to earn American Airlines miles for everyday purchases. One of them is AA’s SimplyMiles portal, which bears some similarities to Amex Offers and Chase Offers. But with the SimplyMiles program, you earn miles even as you spend them.

The portal is simple to use. You register, using your AAdvantage account number, and enter your credit card number. Then you’ll be taken to a page where you’ll see various shopping and dining offers to add to your account. Only U.S. residents are eligible, and you must use an American Airlines credit card (although AA says they’ll add more card options in the future).

Related reading: Choosing the best credit card for American Airlines flyers

 

Once you hit “Add to Card” to activate an offer and make an eligible purchase, you’ll earn AAdvantage bonus miles in addition to the miles you have earned from your credit card.

Immediately after registering, I was presented with 30 offers from retailers such as Dyson, Olive Garden, Bare Minerals and more.

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AAdvantage miles are worth 1.4 cents each, according to TPG’s most recent valuations. However, you should carefully consider whether it makes sense to make a purchase with an American Airlines card if the purchase is in a category that earns a bonus with other cards, such as restaurants or gas stations.

Related reading: Ultimate guide to the best cards for each bonus category

If you’re looking to add an American Airlines card to your wallet, both Citi and Barclays offer cobranded cards:

The information for the Aviator Red and Aviator Business Mastercard has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Additional reporting by Benét J. Wilson

Featured photo courtesy of Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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