As passenger numbers have slowly started to pick up in the US, we’ve also seen US airlines introduce some promotions incentivizing future travel.
American Airlines has just rolled out such a promotion, for summer travel. This follows American’s promotion a few weeks ago, offering up to 5,000 bonus miles for newly booked flights.
American AAdvantage double miles promo
American Airlines is offering double AAdvantage miles for upcoming flights this summer:
- Register for this promotion before booking your flight
- Book by June 30, 2020, and travel through September 30, 2020
- Earn double miles after completing each eligible flight that’s marketed and operated by American, up to a total of 10,000 bonus miles
American is offering double miles for summer travel
How good of a deal is this promo?
Ordinarily AAdvantage members earn 5x miles per dollar spent, so during this promotion you’d earn 10x miles per dollar spent on your first $2,000 spent on flights. This doesn’t factor in any elite bonuses — Executive Platinum members ordinarily earn 11x miles per dollar spent, so would earn 16x miles per dollar spent (you don’t earn double miles on your elite bonus).
Personally I value AAdvantage miles at ~1.5 cents each, so to me the incremental 5x miles are equivalent to a 7.5% return on American flights.
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Travel flexibility policy
Not only can you earn bonus miles for summer travel, but American is also offering flexibility when you plan a trip for this summer. If you book by June 30 and fly by September 30, you can change your flights without a change fee (though fare differences would still apply).
For some it might make sense to speculatively book a trip to earn double miles, and worst case scenario you can rebook the ticket at a later date.
American tickets come with lots of flexibility right now
American is offering double AAdvantage miles for the first $2,000 worth of tickets booked and flown between now and September 30, 2020. This earns you an extra 5x AAdvantage miles per dollar spent, which I value at an incremental return of ~7.5%.
Will you benefit from this AAdvantage double miles promotion?