This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. If you’re looking to stock up on AAdvantage miles, now’s a good time to do so. American Airlines just launched a new buy miles promotion, giving AAdvantage members the opportunity to score up to 100,000 bonus miles now through Apr. When maximized, you can buy miles as low as 1. First, Why Should I Ever Buy Miles?
Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: Buying miles makes sense only for certain travelers. It’s obviously much better to earn AA miles for free through credit card sign-up bonuses. However, if you’ve tapped out your credit card options for generating AAdvantage miles — like many of us at TPG have — you might consider buying miles for the right redemptions. 815 each way when buying at 1. 1,103 each way when buying at 1. 1,342 each way when buying at 1. The regular price for buying miles from American is 3.
50 per 1,000 miles, plus a 7. With this promotion, your price will drop to 1. 92 cents per mile if you max out the offer. 92 is better than the most-recent offer of 2. 25 cents per mile, this isn’t the best offer that AA has offered this year. It started the year with a promotion carried over from 2018 letting members buy miles for 1. It’s unknown when we will see a similar bonus, so it’s worth taking advantage of this promotion now if you have a good use for the miles. But this promotion isn’t a great one for stocking up on a large amount of miles. That said, one sweet spot of this offer is the ability to snag smaller amounts of miles for a reasonable price.
The price for buying miles drops to 2. That can be a nice purchase if you need to top off an account for an awesome redemption — like Qatar Qsuites to South Africa for just 75,000 AA miles each way. You’ll get the maximum 100,000 bonus miles — netting the 1. 92 cents per mile purchase rate — when you purchase 150,000 miles. Visit American’s Buy, Gift, and Share Miles page. Select the number of miles you’d like to buy. Log in to your AAdvantage account.
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. Miles may be purchased in increments of 1,000 miles up to a maximum of 150,000 miles per year. Purchased miles don’t count toward elite status or Million Miler status. American Airlines processes mileage transfers and purchases directly — instead of processing purchases through Points. That means you’ll earn bonus points if you use a card with a travel or airfare category bonus.