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American Airlines changed the game a couple of years ago when it created Loyalty Points, which allows members to earn elite status without ever having stepped foot on a plane. Among the many ways to earn miles and Loyalty Points is via the airline’s partnership with Shell.
Until now, members have earned 2x miles per gallon and a 100-mile bonus. Now, Frequent Miler has noted an increase in earnings, but is it worth it?
Here’s everything you need to know.
With this new offer, you’ll earn 250 miles after registering and completing your first fill-up (of at least 5 gallons) during the promotion period. Note that the 250-mile offer expires on August 1, 2024.
Aside from this, members will now earn 3x American Airlines AAdvantage miles per gallon of fuel purchased at Shell (with a 20-gallon maximum per fill-up).
Is It Worth It?
Purchasing gas at Shell can be more expensive than a lot of other gas stations, which means it’s probably not worthwhile to switch just to take advantage of this promotion.
As it stands, we value American Airlines miles at 1.4 cents each, which means you’ll get 4.2 cents in value per gallon with this offer. If the gas station you regularly go to is 4 cents cheaper, don’t switch.
Shell also has its own Fuel Rewards program, which offers three tiers of status. Platinum members save 10 cents per gallon, Gold members save 5 cents per gallon, and Silver members save 3 cents per gallon.
As you can see, the only time it would make sense to opt for AA miles would be if you were Silver or below; otherwise, you’re losing out.
We know this sounds bleak, but there is some value to be had. Earning 4.2% back (as AAdvantage miles) is more than a sharp stick in the eye, and if you want to earn American Airlines elite status this can help. The miles you earn also count for elite status, so if you’re a frequent driver, 3x miles/Loyalty Points can really add up.Hot Tip:
Don’t forget to double-dip your earnings with a card that’ll maximize your earnings on gas.
This new promotion offers elevated earnings on fuel purchased with Shell. Although it isn’t much, getting 3x miles per gallon plus a 250-mile bonus can be helpful for earning American Airlines elite status.
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