Earn 1,000 American AAdvantage Miles by Spending $1

Oct 11, 2018

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Here’s an easy and cheap way to top off your American Airlines AAdvantage account. You can earn 1,000 American miles and a subscription to the Wall Street Journal for just $1.

The American Airlines shopping portal launched the a limited-time promotion, where you’ll net 1,000 miles and a two-month subscription to the Wall Street Journal for just $1. The deal ends Monday, Oct. 15 at 11:59pm ET.

1,000 American miles are worth $14 according to TPG’s latest valuations — after taking the $1 purchase into consideration you’re effectively coming out with $13 worth of miles. Note that the deal’s terms say your subscription “must remain active (i.e., may not be canceled) for at least 45 days.” So if you’re not happy with the Wall Street Journal, you’ll want to cancel it after the first 45 days, but before two months so you won’t be hit with new fees after the trial period is over.

To keep your costs low, stick with the digital subscription trial for $1 — a print subscription trial, although also on sale, starts at $12 for the introductory 12-week period.

While 1,000 miles may not be a whole lot, it’s a cheap way to build up your balance and a great way to extend the expiration of your miles if your hard-earned currency is in jeopardy of disappearing. And, you’re just a little bit closer to that dream redemption in Qatar’s Qsuite or Cathay Pacific First Class.

Want even more AA miles? Consider signing up for an American cobranded credit card like the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard,  which is currently offering 50,000 American AAdvantage miles after spending $2,500 in the first 3 months of account opening. The premium Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard, which offers access to Admirals Club lounges, is featuring an increased welcome bonus of 75,000 miles after spending $7,500 in the first three months of cardmembership. The information for the Citi 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.   

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