American Selling AAdvantage Miles With 75% Bonus

American Selling AAdvantage Miles With 75% Bonus

Up to a 75% bonus on purchased miles

Starts: September 1, 2021
Ends: September 30, 2021
Deal History
Up to a 75% bonus on purchased miles September 1, 2021 September 30, 2021
Up to a 75% bonus on purchased miles August 1, 2021 August 31, 2021
Up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles July 1, 2021 July 31, 2021
Up to a 40% discount on purchased miles June 1, 2021 June 20, 2021
Up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles May 2, 2021 May 31, 2021
Up to a 40% discount on purchased miles March 21, 2021 April 30, 2021
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American AAdvantage constantly has promotions on purchased miles. With it now being a new month, the program has launched its latest offer.

American AAdvantage promo on purchased miles

Through Thursday, September 30, 2021, American AAdvantage is offering up to a 75% bonus on purchased miles. The bonus is tiered, and you get a bigger percentage bonus the more miles you buy, as follows:

  • Buy 2,000-9,000 miles, get a 5% bonus
  • Buy 10,000-24,000 miles, get a 10% bonus
  • Buy 25,000-59,000 miles, get a 30% bonus
  • Buy 60,000-89,000 miles, get a 50% bonus
  • Buy 90,000-124,000 miles, get a 60% bonus
  • Buy 125,000-150,000 miles, get a 75% bonus

If you max out this promotion you can purchase a total of 262,500 AAdvantage miles (including 112,500 bonus miles) for $4,837.50, which is a rate of 1.84 cents per AAdvantage mile.

As usual, AAdvantage accounts less than 30 days old aren’t eligible to purchase miles.

As far as American’s bonuses and discounts on purchased miles go, the program usually charges ~1.7-2.3 cents per mile during a promotion. So this is on the lower end of the pricing spectrum — it’s very similar to the deal we saw in August, but is otherwise better than the promotions we saw for most of the spring and summer.

Is buying American AAdvantage miles a good deal?

Personally I value American AAdvantage miles at 1.5 cents each. While American significantly devalued its award chart a few years back, there are still some excellent uses of AAdvantage miles, especially for travel in business class on partner airlines.

As a reminder, here’s the cost of first and business class awards originating in the United States under the current program:

Contiguous 48 U.S. To:
Business Class
First Class
Contiguous 48 U.S. States
25,000
50,000
Canada & Alaska
30,000
55,000
Hawaii
40,000
65,000
Caribbean
27,500
52,500
Mexico
27,500
52,500
Central America
27,500
52,500
South America Zone 1
30,000
55,000
South America Zone 2
57,500
85,000
Europe
57,500
85,000
Middle East / India
70,000
115,000
Africa
75,000
120,000
Asia Zone 1
60,000
80,000
Asia Zone 2
70,000
110,000
South Pacific
80,000
110,000
Qatar Airways Qsuites continues to be a great use of miles

I find the cost of business class redemptions to still be reasonable in most cases. There are instances where it could make sense to pick up miles during a promotion with a short term use in mind.

For example, I’ve redeemed 75,000 AAdvantage miles for a one-way Qatar Airways business class ticket from Cape Town to the US, which I consider to be a spectacular value.

Which credit card should you buy miles with?

American processes mileage purchases directly, which means the purchase of miles does qualify as airfare spending. Therefore you’ll want to consider using one of the following cards for your purchase, since you’d earn the following bonuses for airfare:

Card
Points earned on airfare spend
5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare purchased directly from airlines or through Amex Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year
5x ThankYou points per dollar spent
3x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent
3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent
3x ThankYou points per dollar spent
2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent
2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
Redeem American AAdvantage miles for Japan Airlines business class

For example, I value Membership Rewards points at 1.7 cents each, so I view that as an 8.5% return on this spending if you use The Platinum Card® from American Express (review).

Other great ways to earn American miles

There are lots of great ways to earn American miles aside from outright buying them:

Bottom line

American AAdvantage has just launched its latest promotion on purchased miles. The program is offering up to a 75% bonus on purchased miles, brining the cost per purchased mile to 1.84 cents. This is among the better promotions we’ve seen from the AAdvantage program in a while, so this promotion could seriously be worth considering with a short term use in mind.

Do you plan on buying American miles with this promotion?

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