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Best way to get AAdvantage miles fast
Hi everyone, I plan to take a trip for two to northern Europe next summer, and would like to fly first class on Oneworld from Miami. I will have around 65k AAdvantage miles and 50k Avios by the end of this year. I already have the Citi AAdvantage World Elite card and the British Airways signature Visa. I can spend around $6k a month on cards. So I’m looking for help to put together a strategy.
I fly American domestically pretty regularly and earn about 2k miles a month. What cards should I be applying for to make this happen? I feel like Citi Prestige and ThankYou won’t be helpful because ThankYou points can’t be turned into miles on AA or BA, and can only be redeemed for a dollar amount. One thing I’m not clear on – having recently received the bonus for the AAdvantage World Elite card, can I take advantage of the 75k bonus on the Executive World Elite card?
@Terry — Well, the real challenge here is going to be that oneworld availability to Europe is horrendous right now, so I want to make sure we’re being upfront about that. You’ll want to book ASAP (even if you can only book in one direction for now), in hopes of avoiding the BA fuel surcharges.
With that out of the way, yes, you can absolutely get the Citi Executive if you have other AA products.
Beyond that, I would probably look at earning some miles that can be used outside of oneworld. Whether that’s through Ultimate Rewards, or Membership Rewards, or even picking up the SPG Amex cards (so you’d have the option to transfer to AA or another airline), I think you’re going to be best off with a backup plan.