AA Miles - Receive 25% Bonus When You Buy 20,000

Discussion in 'American Airlines | AAdvantage' started by garyst16, Jul 1, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. garyst16
    Original Member

    garyst16 Silver Member

    Messages:
    963
    Likes Received:
    1,028
    Status Points:
    825
    Received this email from AA this morning:

    Use American Airlines AAdvantage® miles to get away this summer. If you haven't earned enough miles to reach a travel award, simply purchase the miles you need to book your retreat now. Plus, earn 25% bonus miles when you purchase a minimum of 20,000 miles through July 31, 2011.

    Choose one of our most popular travel destinations with the best opportunities to use an AAdvantage MileSAAver
    ® award at AA.com/HotSpots.


    Link: https://buy.points.com/PointsPartne...ge=EN&product=BUY&CAMPAIGNCODE=AASoloDomJul11
     
  2. viguera
    Original Member

    viguera Gold Member

    Messages:
    4,737
    Likes Received:
    6,913
    Status Points:
    4,745
    Man... why are these AA promos always so terrible? :) I think I got spoiled by US Airways and their 75% and 100% bonus promos in the last couple of months.

    With this 25% bonus you're still buying AA miles at over 2.5 CPM. 20k miles is $500 plus taxes plus a $30 transaction fee.
     
    garyst16 and JohnDeere19 like this.
  3. JohnDeere19
    Original Member

    JohnDeere19 Gold Member

    Messages:
    3,392
    Likes Received:
    6,892
    Status Points:
    4,625
    Got this too and was just coming to post it. US is in a league of their own and I love them for it.
     
    viguera likes this.
  4. garyst16
    Original Member

    garyst16 Silver Member

    Messages:
    963
    Likes Received:
    1,028
    Status Points:
    825
    Still...at 2.5 CPM and no seat time...sounds better than most mileage runs out there today!
     
  5. MSPeconomist
    Original Member

    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Messages:
    58,563
    Likes Received:
    98,528
    Status Points:
    20,020
    These aren't status miles. Does the typical person redeem for tickets worth more than 2.5 CPM?
     
    garyst16 likes this.
  6. garyst16
    Original Member

    garyst16 Silver Member

    Messages:
    963
    Likes Received:
    1,028
    Status Points:
    825
    That is always my goal...I usually won't use miles unless the fare is 4.5-5 CPM or higher.
     
  7. garyst16
    Original Member

    garyst16 Silver Member

    Messages:
    963
    Likes Received:
    1,028
    Status Points:
    825
    Assuming this was a one time offer (and possibly targeted) from US? I don't see anything on there website for bonus miles now...:confused:
     
  8. MSPeconomist
    Original Member

    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Messages:
    58,563
    Likes Received:
    98,528
    Status Points:
    20,020
    Of course many people here can do much better. That is why I specifically asked about redemptions by a typical person.
     
  9. viguera
    Original Member

    viguera Gold Member

    Messages:
    4,737
    Likes Received:
    6,913
    Status Points:
    4,745
    That's what I was thinking... 2.5 CPM would be a wicked run, but without time on the seat you can buy tons of miles and that's all you get -- good for topping off your account for an award, but that's pretty much it.

    With the US promo at least 20k would net you a 20k bonus for $550 + taxes, a little over 1 CPM. Or you could get 100k for about $1,400 and bug out and go to Paris in February if you want. :)

    With the AA promo you can only buy 40k per calendar year, with a 10k bonus, for $1k.
     
  10. viguera
    Original Member

    viguera Gold Member

    Messages:
    4,737
    Likes Received:
    6,913
    Status Points:
    4,745
    Last day for the 100% bonus was yesterday. :(
     
  11. garyst16
    Original Member

    garyst16 Silver Member

    Messages:
    963
    Likes Received:
    1,028
    Status Points:
    825
    That sucks! Paris in Feb was beginning to sound good!
     
  12. viguera
    Original Member

    viguera Gold Member

    Messages:
    4,737
    Likes Received:
    6,913
    Status Points:
    4,745
    The good thing (and bad thing) about this whole miles/points business... you have to be out there, all the time, looking for stuff.
     
    garyst16 likes this.
  13. garyst16
    Original Member

    garyst16 Silver Member

    Messages:
    963
    Likes Received:
    1,028
    Status Points:
    825
    You pretty much summed up my life lately! :p
     
  14. eponymous_coward
    Original Member

    eponymous_coward Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,901
    Likes Received:
    2,975
    Status Points:
    1,470
    Wait a few weeks/months. It will be back. US has been running deals like this regularly for the past couple of years.

    And it's quite possible to score US miles for UNDER 1 cpm. The Wyndham Rewards Discover America promo was in conjunction with a 25/50/75% bonus from US for cashing in hotel points for US miles (the bonus depended on if you had a US branded credit/debit card and were Preferred elite with them). I scored miles at around .4 CPM (yes, that is not a typo, point four), and I wasn't able to max out bonuses (I have a US branded debit card, but I am not Preferred)- if you did you were getting miles at around .3 CPM.

    Next up will likely be Grand Slam 2011, where US will generally have lots of ways to pile up "hits"- including hotel point transfers, hotel stays, car rentals, buying things for cheap in the mall, using points.com, and so on.

    I don't have much use for US the airline but I love love love their mileage program. It's ridiculously easy to bulk up your balance for cheap, and if you can stomach fighting through their phone reps not understanding their program rules better than you do, what you can get on *A partner airlines is pretty good- plus US does run mileage sales on their Envoy to Europe in February... 60K for the same hard product as CX J (same seat manufacturer) is not bad.
     
    garyst16 likes this.
  15. viguera
    Original Member

    viguera Gold Member

    Messages:
    4,737
    Likes Received:
    6,913
    Status Points:
    4,745
    At the risk of turning the AA forum into a platform to advertise US, I have to agree. I haven't set foot inside a US plane but in the last 2 months I've racked up 150k miles with them. Gotta love that. :)
     
  16. eponymous_coward
    Original Member

    eponymous_coward Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,901
    Likes Received:
    2,975
    Status Points:
    1,470
    Well, to put us back on topic, I'll note that even though the Wyndham Discover America promo was BEST for US... you COULD have turned the points bought from the promo into AA miles. At less than 1 cpm. ;)
     
  17. viguera
    Original Member

    viguera Gold Member

    Messages:
    4,737
    Likes Received:
    6,913
    Status Points:
    4,745
    And therein lies the problem... back to my original post about AA's promos. You could have turned the WR points into AA miles, but at a significant loss compared to sending them to AA.

    At the very least, if you were Joe Sixpack walking in off the street, you got 25% bonus on the transfer, and all you had to do to get a 50% bonus was walk into a Bank of America, open an account and get a US Airways branded debit card. If you were already elite then it was 75% bonus.

    By comparison sending them to AA got you zilch.
     
  18. KtownTraveler
    Original Member

    KtownTraveler Silver Member

    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    72
    Status Points:
    255
    Time out already! Did someone move the AA forum over to US when I wasn't watching?
     
  19. viguera
    Original Member

    viguera Gold Member

    Messages:
    4,737
    Likes Received:
    6,913
    Status Points:
    4,745
    Well even though some people here have loyalties towards a specific program, I don't think there's harm in discussing the differences between programs and/or alliances. MilePoint as a whole is huge, and if anything, people might actually find out about opportunities that they were not otherwise aware of.
     
  20. eponymous_coward
    Original Member

    eponymous_coward Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,901
    Likes Received:
    2,975
    Status Points:
    1,470
    Thus my attempt to get it back on track later.

    No, you got AA miles at < 1 cpm. That's not zilch at all, just a less optimal exchange rate. AA's program has some features that in some ways make it superior to US's- for instance, one-way awards, the mileage-based oneworld awards (which include more stopovers than US's awards do, BTW). I could completely see someone wanting to make that tradeoff (as a matter of fact, an AA oneworld award might work well in combination with a US award). It's not just all about the mileage balances.
     

Share This Page