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You might remember an epic deal from a couple of years ago that offered the opportunity to earn millions (yes, millions) of American Airlines AAdvantage Miles by donating to a specific charity.
While that promotion was short-lived, it is back again in a far less lucrative version, which still may be valuable to some.
SimplyMiles is offering, among other offers, 1,750 miles on a donation of $50 or more when donating to Conservation International with your linked Mastercard.
This is certainly not the deal of the century, but when you realize that you can repeat that up to 3 times and the miles count as Loyalty Points, it becomes an intriguing offer for those chasing AA elite status.
How does this work? What is SimplyMiles? Let’s jump right in and check out the details of this promotion.
What Is SimplyMiles?
For those unfamiliar, SimplyMiles is a program introduced by American Airlines in 2019 that allows Mastercard holders to add select brand offers to their accounts and earn bonus miles when shopping online or in-store. Offers vary between brands from an extra mile per dollar spent to fixed bonuses for spending a certain amount.
Very similar to Amex Offers and Chase Offers, users just simply need to register, log in, select the offers they are interested in, and then use their registered Mastercard to complete the purchase in order to earn bonus American AAdvantage miles.
Earn Miles and Loyalty Points
One of the nice perks of using SimplyMiles.com is that the miles you earn (as valuable as they already are) also count as Loyalty Points to American Airlines’ elite status.
Every base AAdvantage mile also earns 1 Loyalty Point.
Conservation International Offer
Travelers looking to earn some easy Loyalty Points can do so by donating to Conservation International via SimplyMiles.
By donating to Conservation International, you are not only contributing to a good cause, but you are also earning Loyalty Points.
Unfortunately, you are buying AAdvantage miles at a price of 2.86 cents each — which is not a great deal and about about 2x what we value them at.
But, if you need the miles, this is slightly cheaper than if you were to buy them directly from American Airlines, which would not earn Loyalty Points.
Plus, you can repeat the $50 up to 3 times, so you would get 5,250 miles and Loyalty Points for $150.
Conservation International is a nonprofit environmental organization that is dedicated to protecting and restoring nature around the globe. Donations will be granted to various forest restoration projects that help Mastercard’s Priceless Planet Coalition meet its goal of planting 100 million trees by 2025.
The organization gets an exceptional 4 stars from Charity Navigator, which says that you can “give with confidence.”
How To Donate and Earn Bonus Miles
Once you have decided that you want to donate, the process is quite simple:
- Log in or register at SimplyMiles.
- Browse offers.
- Find the Conservation International offer.
- Click Add to Card.
- Click Shop Online.
- Enter the amount you would like to donate.
- Pay with your registered Mastercard.
The Fine Print
The 1,750 miles for $50 donated offer is valid until December 20, 2023, or when the spend cap is met.
Miles do count toward elite status qualification in the form of Loyalty Points.
Conservation International has been recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so speak to your accountant about what that means for a tax deduction.
Other Attractive Offers
Even if you aren’t able to or interested in taking advantage of the charity offer, there are still plenty of attractive offers from merchants that are worth activating.
My account has some decent merchant offers including:
- Amazon: 1 mile per $1 spent on any purchase
- ExxonMobil: 2 miles per $1 spent on $30 or more
- Holiday Inn Express: 930 miles on a purchase of $100 or more
- InKind: 1,160 miles on a purchase of $50 or more
- Lyft: 2 miles per $1 spent on any purchase
- Wine.com: 1,395 miles on a purchase of $100 or more
With some accounts showing over 100 offers, there are sure to be some bonus miles for everyone. This is a great opportunity to earn some miles on Black Friday and Christmas shopping as well.
Overall, this is a far cry from 2 years ago when Conservation International became a household name in the points and miles community.
However, if you were going to buy some miles anyway, you can now do so at a (slightly) better price and earn Loyalty Points as well.
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