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Earn American miles and Loyalty Points with the SimplyMiles program

March 06, 2022
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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. With the SimplyMiles program, however, you earn miles even as you spend them.

The portal is simple to use. You register, using your AAdvantage account number, link cards to your account and add offers to your card. Then, you can earn bonus AAdvantage miles when you shop at the merchants listed on your account. Right now, only U.S. residents are eligible, and you must use a credit card with a Mastercard logo on it.

With the introduction of Loyalty Points, SimplyMiles is even more interesting for American loyalists. All base miles earned with SimplyMiles will count as Loyalty Points. This is virtually all the points you earn with SimplyMiles, sans any limited-time bonuses, giving you yet another way to inch closer to American elite status.

Let's take a closer look at SimplyMiles and how you can use it to rack up AAdvantage miles and Loyalty Points.

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Adding SimplyMiles offers to your Mastercard

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To start using SimplyMiles, head to the SimplyMiles website and log in with your American Airlines account information. If it's your first time logging in, you will be prompted to add a Mastercard to your SimplyMiles account. We recommend adding all the Mastercards in your wallet to the platform in order to have the best chance of earning bonus AAdvantage miles with the program.

You'll then be taken to the offers page, where you can see all the available SimplyMiles offers on your account. At the time of writing, I have offers ranging from clothing companies like Carhartt and Levi's to gas stations like Pilot. Some offer award miles based on how much you spend, and others award a set amount of miles when you spend a set amount of money.

(Screenshot from simplymiles.com)

Click the “Add to Card” button to activate an offer. When you do this, it will be added to all of the cards linked to your SimplyMiles account. Note that some offers can only be redeemed online or in-store, so make sure to check the terms of each SimplyMiles offer before you make a purchase.

(Screenshot from simplymiles.com)

When you make an eligible purchase, you’ll earn the AAdvantage miles that correspond to your offer in addition to the miles you have earned from your credit card.

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In most cases, the miles you earn with SimplyMiles will appear in your AAdvantage account within three to five days of making a purchase. American does note, however, that some purchases may take up to 15 days to post to your account.

Related: How to earn miles in the American Airlines AAdvantage program

Earn elite status with SimplyMiles and AAdvantage eShopping

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Again, the base miles you earn on SimplyMiles purchases also count as Loyalty Points, so you're getting closer to elite status with each purchase.

Better yet, if you're shopping online, you can stack your earnings with the AAdvantage eShopping portal if the merchant also participates in that program.

For example, I have a Wine.com offer on my SimplyMiles account that awards 1,400 miles after spending $100 or more on the merchant's website.

(Screenshot from simplymiles.com)

The AAdvantage eShopping portal also offers 2 miles per dollar spent at Wine.com. If I were to make a Wine.com purchase, I'd first click through the shopping portal and pay with a Mastercard linked to my SimplyMiles account.

(Screenshot from aadvantageeshopping.com)

A $100 purchase would then earn 1,400 AAdvantage miles and Loyalty Points from SimplyMiles and 200 from the shopping portal. This brings me to a total of 1,600 miles and Loyalty Points earned, which is a solid haul if I already planned to buy something from Wine.com. Plus, that doesn't even take into account the points and miles I'd earn with my credit card.

The moral of the story here is to always stack SimplyMiles offers when you can. It will accelerate your progress toward American elite status, and help you build up your AAdvantage mileage balance, too.

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

The best American Airlines credit cards

American Airlines cobranded credit card
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If you’re looking to add an American Airlines card to your wallet, both Citi and Barclays offer cobranded cards. All of these cards are Mastercards, so they are eligible to use with SimplyMiles. Here's a look at the current offers:

The information for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select card, 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.

Related: Choosing the best credit card for American Airlines flyers

Bottom line

From shopping portals to dining programs, there is no shortage of ways to earn AAdvantage miles.

SimplyMiles is yet another great tool to have in your AAdvantage toolbox, as you can use it to earn even more miles when you shop in-store and online. Better yet, it stacks with the points you already earn with your credit card and shopping portals.

And with the introduction of Loyalty Points, SimplyMiles is even more attractive. Now, your SimplyMiles purchases count toward earning elite status, inching you closer to your desired American elite status tier every time you swipe your Mastercard at a participating merchant.

Additional reporting by Benét J. Wilson and Victoria M. Walker.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Rewards

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Intro offer

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Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
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4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023