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Discussion in 'American Airlines | AAdvantage' started by Gaucho, Mar 26, 2011.
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Does AA have an option to transfer miles between relatives?
The only one I am aware of is limited and I believe costly.
I looked further. It is quite costly. $250 US for up to 25000 miles.
Thanks Tenmoc, will look into this.
Cheers from EZE,
We looked into and it is really costly depending on what you want to do with those miles. In my case, TH was going to transfer miles to me to use for 500 mile upgrades. If you just need 10K to top up an account to redeem an award, it is much cheaper than buying miles. I think you can transfer 25K for 250 USD and up to a year.
Good point.... how much does it cost to purchase miles?
In Post 2 above from Tenmoc, in the second link a 25% bonus is mentioned -- in effect until March 31 on mileage transfers. It is actually either 20% or 25% depending on the amount transferred, or "shared" - you get the bonus when you transfer to another.
Cost of miles at AA - currently ranges from $27.50 for 1000 miles to $1000 for 40,000 miles, with a current annual purchasing cap of 40,000 miles. From time to time, there are bonuses and discounts on purchasing miles so you would get more for your money if you could wait for one of those. They also extend the annual cap often to a higher amount, such as 60,000 purchased miles a year, as part of the sales promotion.
I just transferred 5k to hubby for upcoming award travel - cost $86 ($50 to transfer 1k-5k, $30 processing fee, 7.5% tax)
Excellent info... thanks !!!
Does anybody know if non US based accounts also get the transfer bonus?
Question that I didn't see answered on Tenmoc's link: Do miles transferred count toward lifetime status? I would assume they do, but I can't tell. If they do, just over a penny per mile seems like a decent deal to accrue a nice chunk of miles toward lifetime status.
All miles depositing into your account count toward lifetime status, no matter where they come from. They just have to be "new" miles (i.e. you cannot make an award ticket, and then cancel it and expect to be credited more miles toward lifetime status when they redeposit your miles).
Works well for building that count, but the transfer limits are cumbersome!
Great question.... this is good to know. Im working on having my dad transfer over those 17000 miles... will report back on how goes and if they honor the bonus as both our accounts are non US based.
This is where my concern comes in. If my wife and I each have 100,000 miles in our account, can we just keep shuffling them back and forth to each other until we get to 1M miles and lifetime status? Are the shuffled miles considered "new" miles?
Meh. $50k in spending, $100k in transfers and you are lifetime gold in just over 6 years. Not a bad deal for a 2-3x per year traveler who is in their late 20s/early 30s and plans on traveling for the rest of their lives.
@Gaucho, let us know.
I honestly don't know, but the related thread on the AA forum on FT has someone indicating that only the bonus miles are considered new for those types of transfers. I'm not sure logistically that makes sense though. But as I said, I'm not knowledgable enough on transfers to know!
It just seems overly cumbersome for me. I've only been flying AA for 2 years and with bonus promotions I'm already sitting on ~600,000 lifetime miles. If one doesn't want to be on a plane however, I could see the allure of this type of earning!
Its gonna take a little longer... Need to get my dad to operate his account online.
Darn... my dad took too long to get his account online again... I guess the transfer bonus is no longer active, or..??? (grrrrr)
Looks like they're offering a discount instead now.
Very good question. Why not transfer a few miles and back, see how the lifetime totals are affected, and then tell us the answer?
Something doesn't compute here. Just to be the Devil's advocate, just what would Gold status do for you if you don't travel much? You can pay for a lot of checked luggage fees with $150,000. If you splurged $10,000 on premium tickets per year, that's premium cabin travel for 15+ years. Also, were AA to go out of business, your cash will remain good at other carriers - unlike your Gold status. I honestly don't see the attraction.
Remember that lifetime status terminates at the end of life for either you or the airline, whichever comes first. Also, airlines have been known to renege on lifetime benefits, sometimes without even a merger or bankruptcy.
You can always ask the President of AAdvantage herself on May 4th at the Milepoint live chat...see http://milepoint.com/forums/posts/349012/
Discount...? Do you have a link...??? I dont see a discount on the local website...
My mistake, it was for buying miles, not sharing.
No worries... thanks for the heads up regardless.