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How to earn a free round-trip award through AA's Business Extra program

April 26, 2020
4 min read
How to earn a free round-trip award through AA's Business Extra program
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Editor’s note: At TPG, our top priority is providing our readers with the information you need to make educated decisions about travel and your rewards-earnings strategy. This is not the best time to travel, domestically or internationally, but we are sharing this promotion because it can offer a good value for those who still need to travel for essential reasons.

While the Big Three US airlines (Delta, United and AA) tend to copy each other pretty closely when it comes to the details of their loyalty programs, there's one area where American really stands out above the competition: While all three legacy carriers offer separate loyalty programs for small businesses, American's Business Extra program is by far the richest.

Business Extra members accrue points in addition to the normal AAdvantage frequent flyer miles they earn from flying, and can redeem these Business Extra points for award flights, upgrades, lounge access and more. Now, View from the Wing is reporting that new Business Extra members can earn 2,000 Business Extra points by enrolling at businessextra.com with promo code 202KMM and taking a single flight by June 30.

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Obviously with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, now is not the right time to be traveling unless it's unavoidable. But there are plenty of people who continue to travel because their jobs have been deemed essential who may be able to get great value out of this offer.

Business Extra members normally earn points at a rate of 1 per $5 spent on eligible flights, so this bonus nets you the same number of points as if you'd spent $10,000 on American Airlines flights.

Business Extra points can be used toward a number of different redemptions, but these 2,000 points could net you a domestic round-trip economy award (excluding transcontinental flights) if you redeem them for a "BX1A" award. These awards book into the T fare class, meaning you should be able to use them on any flight that has regular sAAver level award space.

Further Reading: Guide to earning and burning with American Airlines’ Business Extra program

Another great option, especially if you plan to fly on a more premium transcontinental route, would be to redeem your 2,000 points for up to 3 "BXP1" awards, which are one segment upgrades within North America, including Hawaii and the Caribbean. BXP1s cost 650 Business Extra points each, so you could use this new member bonus to earn three upgrades and still have a few points left over.

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Perhaps the single best redemption would be to book a cheap business class fare on a premium transcontinental route operated by one of AA's specially configured three-cabin A321Ts, featuring lie-flat business and first class in addition to economy. Upgrade inventory from business to first class is very easy to come by, and in addition to the incredible lie-flat seat, first class passengers can also access AA's exclusive Flagship First dining facility on the ground (currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic).

Image by JT Genter / TPG.
American's A321T first class. Photo by JT Genter / The Points Guy

Bottom line

No matter how good the promotion is, you should only be making plans to travel in the next few months if you absolutely need to, primarily if you're traveling for work in a job that's been deemed essential.

Business Extra is a great option to "double dip" on American flights, earning Business Extra points and AAdvantage miles at the same time. If you're not yet a member of the Business Extra program, signing up with this promotional offer and taking one flight by June 30 is a great way to boost your account balance from the start.

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    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

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  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • 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

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more