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American Airlines is no longer offering its best deal on miles, but if you need to top off your account in a pinch, there is still a discount available.
Right now you can get up to a 35% discount when you purchase at least 2,000 AAdvantage miles.
This appears to be a placeholder discount until the next decent sale rolls around, which historically happens every 6 months or so.
Here’s what you need to know.
American Airlines is offering a discount on purchased AAdvantage miles. The more miles you buy, the greater your discount will be.
Depending on your account, you may be targeted for different discount tiers, but the most widely available is:
Typically, American Airlines charges 3.5 cents per mile, but if you maximize this promotion and purchase 150,000 miles, you’ll be charged a total of $3,668.44 which brings the cost of each mile down to about 2.44 cents.
We value American Airlines AAdvantage miles at 1.4 cents apiece, so even with the 35% discount, it’s a pretty expensive proposition — but it could still be worth it if you had a specific redemption in mind.
You can head to American’s buy miles page to complete your purchase — American will allow you to purchase a maximum of 150,000 AAdvantage miles per year.
Note that American processes the purchases of miles directly, so any transaction will count as an airfare purchase. This means you’ll want to use a credit card that rewards you for spending on airfare. The Platinum Card® from American Express, for example, earns 5x points per $1 spent directly with airlines (up to $500,000 per year; then 1x points), which is the best you’ll find in the industry.
The AAdvantage program offers numerous compelling ways to use miles.
For example, you can fly from the U.S. to the Middle East with Qatar Airways Qsuites for just 70,000 miles each way, between the U.S. and Japan with Japan Airlines in first class for 80,000 miles, or between the U.S. and Europe in British Airways in Club World for just 57,500 miles each way, among many other options.
AAdvantage miles aren’t the easiest currency to earn, either. Miles can only be transferred from Bilt Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy. You can transfer Bilt Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio or transfer Marriott Bonvoy points at a 3:1 ratio, but AAdvantage doesn’t have numerous transfer relationships like some other programs do.Hot Tip:
Check out the complete list of the best ways to redeem your American AAdvantage miles for maximum value!
Big discounts on purchasing AAdvantage miles are relatively infrequent, and it looks like this is going to be as good as it gets for a few months as we just saw a 50% discount in November 2023.
We don’t typically recommend buying miles speculatively, but if you are eyeing pricey premium-cabin tickets on routes that happen to have award space, this could be a decent way to travel up front for a bit less out-of-pocket.
For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
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