Targeted bonus of up to 55% plus 10% off when buying American Airlines miles
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American Airlines is offering targeted bonuses for members who purchase miles by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Feb. 16, 2020. The offers vary by account, but many TPG staffers have the following:
There are also reports of the below offer:
- Buy 15,000 to 49,000 miles and get 30% bonus miles plus 10% off
- Buy 50,000 to 69,000 miles and get 35% bonus miles plus 10% off
- Buy 70,000 to 150,000 miles and get 55% bonus miles plus 10% off
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Who should buy miles?
There are plenty of ways to earn American Airlines miles, the fastest being to through credit card sign-up bonuses. The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® is currently offering 65,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first four months of account opening. And the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® comes with 50,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first three months of account opening.
If you’ve already opened the above cards, purchasing miles isn’t always foolish. Just be sure you have a particular redemption in mind, and that you’ll receive greater value for your miles that the price you’re paying for them. With this promotion of up to 55% bonus miles plus 10% off, it’s possible to buy miles for as little as 1.86 cents each.
Leveraging American Airlines reduced mileage awards, Economy Web Specials and expensive business- or first-class flights can net you a significantly higher value per mile. For example, you can book a round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Doha in Qatar QSuite for just 140,000 American miles.
This ticket often costs $6,500. If each mile has cost you 1.86 cents, you’ve effectively paid $2,604 for this flight (though keep in mind you won’t earn miles with award flights).
Here are a few more examples of the prices you’d effectively be paying for award flights when buying points at 1.86 cents per mile rate through this buy-miles discount:
- Domestic Economy Web Special awards starting at $93 each way
- Domestic reduced mileage awards for $156 each way
- American Airlines business class to Europe for $1,070 each way.
- Cathay Pacific business class to Asia for $1,302 each way
- Qatar business class to Africa for $1,395 each way
How to buy American Airlines miles
The regular price for buying miles from American can be as high as 4 cents per mile. This sale represents considerable savings. It absolutely makes sense to buy miles if you have a high-value redemption in mind. TPG monthly valuations consider American Airlines miles to be worth 1.4 cents each — a solid 0.46 cents lower than this sale price. But if your travel goals are similar to the flights listed above, you may very well save a boatload of money with this promo.
Here’s how to purchase:
- Visit American’s Buy, Gift, and Transfer Miles portal
- Enter your AAdvantage number, last name and password to log in to your AAdvantage account
- Select the number of miles you’d like to buy
- Add your credit card details and click “Continue”
- Review the information, check the box to agree to the Terms and Conditions and click “Pay Now” to finalize the purchase
- Your miles should post to the designated account immediately
Be aware that you must purchase at least 15,000 miles to trigger any kind of bonus and discount.
Which credit card should you use?
When you buy miles via the American Airlines portal, your transaction is coded as airfare. This means you’ll receive bonus points by using many of the top travel rewards credit cards, such as:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express: 5 Amex Membership Rewards points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com. Terms apply.
- American Express® Gold Card: 3 American Express Membership Rewards points per dollar on airfare booked directly with airlines or
- Chase Sapphire Reserve: 3 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on travel, including airfare
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: 2 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on travel, including airfare
Related: The best cards for airfare purchases
Featured photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy.
JT Genter contributed to this post.
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