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24 Best Ways To Redeem American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for Max Value [2017]

How To Use AA Miles for Max Value (American Airlines)

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American Airlines miles are a little bit tougher to use than rewards on some of their competitor airlines, like United. Though there is availability and American is a great airline to fly, you’ll have to work a little bit harder to find that award space.

Once you know what to look for and where to find it, you’ll be on your way to making some world-class award redemptions with your American Airlines miles!

American AAdvantage miles cannot be transferred directly to partners for use, so you’ll likely have to find the flights you are interested in booking and call American Airlines to book your award ticket.

In this post, I’ll outline 24 of the best ways to use your American Airlines miles for maximum value! These will include various business and first class products you can fly, as well as some routes with great pricing.

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American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

Earn American AAdvantage program miles to redeem flights with American Airlines, any of the following Oneworld alliance partners, or other additional partners of American Airlines.

List of American Airlines Partners – Oneworld

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American Airlines partners include Oneworld as well as other non-alliance partners. Image courtesy of Oneworld.com.

American Airlines partners include Oneworld Alliance members, listed below:

Oneworld Airline Partners 
Air BerlinMalaysia Airlines
British AirwaysQantas Airlines
Cathay PacificQatar Airways
FinnairRoyal Jordanian Airlines
IberiaS7 Airlines
Japan AirlinesSriLankan Airlines
LAN AirlinesTAM Airlines

List of Non-Alliance American Airlines Partners

Non-alliance partners are listed below:

Additional Airline Partners
Air Tahiti NuiGulf Air
Alaska AirlinesHawaiian Airlines
Cape Air AirlinesSeaborne Airlines
Etihad AirwaysWestJet
Fiji Airways

Credit Card Partners

Starwood Preferred Guest is a direct partner of American Airlines, and has 2 credit cards you could use to earn additional points:

Loyalty ProgramCredit Card Review
Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty ProgramStarwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
 Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Since Starwood and Marriott are now joined, you can also earn points through Marriott Rewards, transfer them to SPG, then transfer on to your AA frequent flyer account!

Loyalty ProgramCredit Card Review
Marriott Rewards Loyalty ProgramChase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card
Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card

Of course, there are American Airlines branded credit cards as well, available through Citi.

Loyalty ProgramCard Name and Review
American Airlines AAdvantage Frequent Flyer ProgramCiti® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®
Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®
CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®
Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold World Elite™ Mastercard®

Using AA Miles With Airline Partners – AA Award Chart

AA frequent flyer miles cannot be transferred from American Airlines to any of the above partners. Instead, you must book directly through American Airlines.

AA award travel availability for some airlines can be seen on AA.com, but for others you’ll need to search for the tickets elsewhere, such as on BritishAirways.com, Qantas.com, JAL.com, MakeMyTrip, or ExpertFlyer. British Airways is generally the best place to start.

Once you’ve found the flight you want, call American Airlines reservations with the information for your preferred booking (1-800-433-7300). There will be a $25 phone booking fee that may be waived if you simply ask the representative.

If the ticket is not bookable online, it is typically very easy to get the phone booking fee waived. Any ticket that contains a flight with a partner that doesn’t show up on AA.com must be booked on the phone.

As you search for award availability with partners, you can reference the Oneworld and other partners’ AA award charts to determine the number of AA miles you will need to book.

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The AA Award Chart for flights from the continental U.S. There are different charts for each region. Image courtesy of aa.com.

Calling AA Reservations for Awards

Note that many awards will require you to call AA Reservations at +01 (800) 433-7300 in order to book. Make sure that when you call, you have all your flight information handy!

The 24 Best Ways To Use Your AA Miles

There are many good award redemption options for your American Airlines miles. Take a look at these best uses to find some inspiration for your next trip!

Read on to find out some of the top ways to use your American Airlines AAdvantage miles for maximum value.

1. Fly Etihad First Class Apartment From JFK to Abu Dhabi

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Experience the luxury of Etihad Guest first class suites by redeeming award flights through American Airlines award center! Photo courtesy of thenational.ae.

In order to book a flight on Etihad, you’ll need to search for award flight availability on Etihad.com and then call American Airlines reservations to book.

Find an available “Guest First” seat if you are looking for Etihad first class award flights. If there is one, the AA phone representative will be able to book first class using your AA miles.

You may have to call the American Airlines call center in Australia (or another country) in order for the representative to be able to see availability for business and first class redemptions.

To complete the booking in this case, you can put your AA award travel on hold with that call center, and then call back to a U.S. call center to finalize.

One of the best redemptions available is flying first class from the U.S. to Abu Dhabi. This award would cost you 115,000 AAdvantage bonus miles one-way in the first class apartment.

Business class on the same flight would cost 70,000 American Airlines miles, and economy goes for a mere 40,000 miles each way.

Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking Etihad first class.

Hot Tip: Use the Priority Pass benefit from The Platinum Card® from American Express or the Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card on your stopover to enjoy some time at the lounges currently available in the Abu Dhabi airport: the Al Dhabi, Al Reem, and Al Ghazal lounges.

2. Fly Cathay Pacific First Class From New York to Vancouver

Cathay Pacific First Class 777 Chicago to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific First Class 777: an incredible way to fly!

Finding first class award seats on Cathay Pacific is getting tougher and tougher as the airline keeps limiting the number of available bookings made through partner airlines.

Nevertheless, if you can find a first class award ticket on Cathay and book it with your AA miles—do it! They have one of the best first class experiences in the industry.

You’ll need to search for Cathay Pacific award flight availability on BritishAirways.com, JAL.com, or Qantas.com and then call American Airlines reservations to book.

American Airlines used to offer much better pricing on flights to Southeast Asia, but after the March 2016 devaluation, prices were increased to 110,000 miles each direction. This is a steep price, but it will give you access to a wonderful first class product.

Economy tickets to Southeast Asia are a much better deal than first class since the March devaluations took place.

You’ll be able to fly to Southeast Asia in economy for 37,500 American Airlines miles, but if your final destination is Japan or South Korea, you’ll get away with a steal of 35,000 AAdvantage program miles.

If you’re dead set on flying Cathay Pacific first class anyway, you should check out either U.S. to Vancouver for 110,000 miles round-trip, or U.S. to Japan or South Korea for 80,000 American Airlines miles each way.

Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking Cathay Pacific first class.

3. Fly LATAM Airlines in Business Class From Los Angeles to Santiago

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Check out LATAM’s business class product. Sleek and simple to get you to your destination in style! Image courtesy of luxurytraveldiary.com

The March 2016 devaluation had the least effect on premium cabin redemptions to Central and South America. Flying LATAM in business class to South America Region 1 (which includes Peru) and South America Region 2 (which includes Chile) did not see a price increase.

One-way business class flights to South America Region 1 will cost 30,000 miles each way, and one-way business class flights to South America Region 2 will cost 57,500 American Airlines miles.

The easiest way to search LATAM flights is through British Airways’ website. Premium cabin availability can be tough to find, but with a little flexibility and patience, you should have the chance to experience LATAM.

Note that not all LATAM flights operate every day, so try switching to different days of the week if you’re having trouble finding availability.

You can also try searching for availability on LATAM’s own website under LANPASS. If you aren’t already a member, you’ll have to sign up for a membership before you can search your desired dates and routes. LATAM will show you a calendar of options for your ticket.

Keep in mind that LATAM uses the metric system, so don’t be alarmed by the number of kilometers LATAM’s site says you’ll need for an award ticket. Since you’re booking with your American miles, it’s the AA mileage chart that will apply anyway.

Call up AA reservations with the LATAM flight information to book your desired award tickets with AAvantage bonus miles.

4. Fly From Dallas to New Zealand With Qantas Airlines in Business Class

Check out Qantas Business Class on their A330 with American Airlines miles! Image courtesy of qantas.com.
Check out Qantas business class on their A330 with American Airlines miles! Image courtesy of qantas.com.

Qantas now has nonstop service to Sydney from Los Angeles and San Francisco, which makes flying Qantas a great option for flights to the South Pacific.

Fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, or Dallas to Australia or New Zealand one-way in business class for 80,000 American Airlines miles.

In first class, these flights would cost 110,000 miles each way. You can get there in economy for 40,000 miles.

Search for AAdvantage award travel availability on Qantas.com, then call American Airlines reservations to book.

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5. Check out French Polynesia on Air Tahiti Nui From the U.S.

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Fly business class on Air Tahiti Nui for 80,000 miles to French Polynesia! Image courtesy of airtahitinui.com

Ever wanted to go to French Polynesia? You can on board Air Tahiti Nui, a French airline with its head office located in Tahiti.

Flying Air Tahiti Nui from the U.S. to French Polynesia costs 40,000 AA miles in economy or 80,000 AA miles in business class.

Searching for award space with Air Tahiti Nui is a little tricky. Your best option is to make use of ExpertFlyer (subscription required) and then book with AAdvantage reservations over the phone.

6. Fly From the U.S. to Tokyo With Japan Airlines in First Class

Japan Airlines offers a very nice First Class experience, and you won't even need to pay excessive taxes and surcharges when you book with your British Airways Avios!
Japan Airlines offers a very nice first class experience, and you won’t even need to pay excessive taxes and surcharges when you book with your miles!

Using your American Airlines miles to fly Japan Airlines in a premium cabin presents another great option for a luxury redemption with your miles.

Many people rave about Japan Airlines’ service in both business and first class. You can fly from the U.S. to Japan for 80,000 American Airlines miles in first class, which is one of the best first class redemptions with American Airlines miles. Japan Airlines award space can be found on British Airways.com.

7. Fly From the U.S. to London and Onward With British Airways in First Class

If you don't mind paying fuel surcharges, British Airways is an amazing redemption with American Airlines miles and you probably won't have trouble finding availability either! Image courtesy of Britishairways.com.
If you don’t mind paying a fuel surcharge then British Airways is an amazing redemption with American Airlines miles. You probably won’t have trouble finding availability either! Image courtesy of Britishairways.com.

British Airways award travel is easy to find because it is one of the few airlines that shows up on American Airlines’ award search tool, but it may not always be the most popular option due to fuel surcharges.

Nevertheless, British Airways does have great first and business class products as well as generally decent award space from the U.S. to Europe, as long as you are willing to pay the surcharges.

A flight from the U.S. to Europe would be 57,500 miles in business class or 80,000 miles in First class.

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8. Fly From Doha to Japan With Qatar Airways in First Class

Qatar Airways First Class

Qatar Airways is another great option if you are looking for a luxurious business or first class redemption. Here, you’ll get fully lie-flat seats in both business and first class that are very spacious. The business class arm rests go down when it’s time to sleep – seriously a great design!

Food options are quite good, and Qatar’s First Class Lounge in Doha is a favorite of many frequent travelers. An inexpensive way to get a taste of Qatar’s business or first class is with an award between the Middle East and Asia 1 (Japan or Korea).

Awards cost 40,000 AAdvantage bonus miles in business class or 50,000 miles in first.

9. Off-Peak to Europe in Economy on American Airlines

American Airlines offers off-peak tickets, which are basically an ongoing sale for travel during certain dates. It’s always great to be able to get to your destination for even fewer miles, so see if you can shift your trips into the off-peak date range.

Fly from the U.S. to Europe between November 1-December 14 or January 10-March 14 for only 22,500 American miles each way in economy. When booking during peak season (the rest of the year), you’ll pay 30,000 miles to fly in economy.

Business and first class tickets unfortunately do not have off-peak pricing. These will cost 57,000 and 85,000 all year, respectively.

Hot Tip: Don’t forget that American Airlines is also one of the choices for airline travel credits on The Platinum Card® from American Express and the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.

10. Short Flights Within the U.S.

Flights that are 500 miles or less within the U.S. have special pricing with American Airlines. You can book economy tickets for 7,500 miles in each direction, or splurge in business class for 15,000 AA miles.

These flights will generally be an hour or less, so unless your miles are burning a hole in your pocket it might be better to redeem an economy ticket and save the extra miles for another (more exciting) award redemption.

11. Fly From the U.S. to Japan or Korea in First Class

Rest easy in your pod in the sky with Japan Airlines. Image courtesy of jal.co.jp.
Rest easy in your pod in the sky with Japan Airlines. Image courtesy of jal.co.jp.

This is one decent first class redemption that is still left in American Airlines’ award chart after the 2016 devaluation. With this option, you’ll get the chance to try out first class in Cathay Pacific (#2) or Japan Airlines (#6) for a good price.

The award costs 80,000 miles in each direction. You can also fly American Airlines and other AA mileage partners like Japan Airlines or Malaysia Airlines to get to South Korea and Japan. You can also fly to Japan or Korea in business class for 60,000 miles each way, or economy for 35,000 miles.

12. Fly From the U.S. to South America in Business Class

LATAM's B787 Business class has a fresh new look and you can use your American Airlines miles to fly it! Image courtesy of luxurytraveldiary.com.
LATAM’s B787 business class has a fresh new look, and you can use your American Airlines miles to fly it! Image courtesy of luxurytraveldiary.com.

American Airlines still offers a really good price to South America Zone 1 in business class. For 30,000 AA miles, you can fly to Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, or even Manaus, Brazil!  This is a better price than competitors United and Delta charge, and you’ll have the opportunity to fly LATAM (#3).

For a few more miles, you can get to other destinations in South America as well. American will charge you 57,500 miles to fly to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil (excluding Manaus), and Chile (excluding Easter Island).

Hot Tip: Utilize benefits of the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® to check out the Admirals Club for free before your flights!

13. Fly Within or Between South American Countries for Seriously Low Prices

If your flight is wholly within certain South American countries, American will give you an absolute steal of an award price. This benefit is still available for the countries below (prices are one way):

  • Argentina – 6,000 economy
  • Brazil – 7,500 economy/17,500 business
  • Chile – 6,000 economy
  • Colombia – 6,000 economy
  • Ecuador – 5,000 economy
  • Peru – 6,000 economy

Likewise, it is possible to fly within South America 1 or South America 2 for 10,000 miles in economy or 20,000 miles in business class.

You can also fly between these 2 regions for 12,500 miles in economy or 25,000 miles in business class.

14. Fly From the U.S. to Africa in Business Class

Fly from the U.S. to Africa on Qatar for only 70,000 miles in each direction. Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk.
Fly from the U.S. to Africa on Qatar Airlines for only 70,000 miles in each direction. Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk.

Flights from the U.S. to Africa in business class are still reasonably priced with AA miles at 70,000 miles one-way. In addition, American considers Africa as a single zone, so it’s not going to cost you more miles to fly all the way to the south…and that’s a long way! If you want to save miles, you can redeem 40,000 miles for economy class.

Your best option to get to Africa using AA miles is generally going to be to fly Qatar Airways through Doha. For this routing to be valid on Qatar Airways, you’ll need to fly into Doha and continue onward to Africa.

15. Save Miles to Asia With a Redemption from Hawaii

Flights to Asia 2 in first class got pounded after the devaluation, but there’s still some hope if you have the flexibility to fly from Hawaii instead of the mainland U.S.

Flights cost 80,000 in first, 55,000 in business, and 35,000 in economy from Hawaii, as opposed to 110,000 in first, 70,000 in business, and 37,500 in economy from the mainland.

First class pricing from Hawaii presents especially good value if you are able to pick up a cheap flight to Hawaii, or use miles from a different program to get there (like Korean Air for only 12,500 each way in economy)!

Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking American Airlines First Class.

16. Get an (Almost) Free Stopover in Europe on Your Way to India/Middle East

Make a stop in Berlin for as long as you'd like before continuing on to the Middle East or India for only 2,500 extra miles. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Make a stop in Berlin for as long as you’d like before continuing on to the Middle East or India for only 2,500 extra miles. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

It costs 40,000 miles to fly one-way from the U.S. to India or the Middle East in economy. However, if you make use of AA’s off peak pricing (#9) to Europe, you’ll only pay 22,500 American Airlines miles in economy.

If you try to fly from Europe to India and the Middle East, you’ll pay an additional 20,000 miles in economy. But, for only 2,500 extra miles, you can stop over in Europe for as long as you want! This redemption works as long as you depart from the U.S. on an off-peak date.

17. AA Reduced Mileage Awards to Specific Cities in the U.S. and Canada

AA Reduced Mileage Awards require you to not only have American Airlines miles that you want to redeem, but also to have an American Airlines co-branded credit card.

If you meet both these criteria, you can save up to 7,500 AA miles on a round-trip flight booking to different destinations that become eligible for these awards each month.

If you have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold World Elite™ Mastercard® or AAdvantage Aviator Blue Mastercard, you will save 5,000 miles on a round-trip ticket for flights over 500 miles, and 1,000 miles off round-trip bookings 500 miles or less.

If you have a Citi AAdvantage credit card, or an AAdvantage Aviator Silver, Red, or Aviator Business Mastercard, you will receive 7,500 miles off of round-trip bookings that are over 500 miles and 2,000 miles off of round-trip bookings 500 miles or less.

These awards must be booked over the phone.

18. Fly From the Middle East to Australia Instead to Save Miles

The common thread between these two awards? You can fly Etihad First Class and see the gorgeous Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Image courtesy of nomadphotographer.com
You can fly Etihad first class and see the gorgeous Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Image courtesy of nomadphotographer.com

Flying from the U.S. to the Middle East on Etihad in first class (#1) will set you back a whopping 110,000 miles. If you’re really wanting to get into Etihad’s first class apartment, fly from the Middle East to Australia instead! You’ll actually get a longer flight, and you’ll be able to save 10,000 miles on each one-way booking.

19. Fly Within the South Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji

Flights within Australia and New Zealand can be quite expensive and present a good redemption option for your American Airlines miles. Within Australia, though, flights only cost 10,000 miles each way; flying between Australia and New Zealand will set you back 15,000 miles per one-way ticket.

Similarly, flights within Fiji can be had for just 5,000 American Airlines miles per one-way ticket, which can save you quite a bit of cash.

20. Fly Between Asia and Africa

Flights between Asia and Africa present pretty good redemption value in all classes of service. Remember that Asia 1 includes Japan and Korea, while Asia 2 includes other countries in Asia (excluding India). You can fly from Asia 1 to Africa for 45,000 miles in economy, 70,000 miles in business, or 90,000 miles in first class.

Flying from Asia 2 will save you a few miles in economy and first class. Flights in economy cost 40,000 miles, business class costs the same from anywhere in Asia at 70,000 miles, and first class will set you back 80,000 miles from Asia 2.

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21. Fly From Europe to Southern Africa

If you want to escape the big cities on your next trip, head to Cape Town, South Africa. Make sure to have a glass of wine for us while you are there! Image courtesy of travelstart.co.za.
If you want to escape the big cities on your next trip, head to Cape Town, South Africa. Make sure to have a glass of wine for us while you’re there! Image courtesy of travelstart.co.za.

Depending on where in Africa you’re flying to/from, this redemption can be anywhere from great to downright terrible. American Airlines charges 30,000 miles in economy, 55,000 miles in business, and 80,000 miles in first class to fly between these regions.

If you’re flying from Cairo to Rome, for instance, there are certainly better options available. But if you are looking to fly from Cape Town to Helsinki, this is a potentially awesome redemption!

Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking American Airlines First Class.

22. Fly From One End of Europe to the Other

Like the last redemption option, the value of this one entirely depends on where you are flying from and to. American Airlines charges 12,500 miles one-way to fly economy from one city in the Europe zone to another.

If you’re looking for a short hop, there’s probably a better option and it’s definitely worthwhile to check budget carriers. However, if you’re looking to make a last minute booking or don’t see good prices available for your dates and cities, then 12,500 miles is tough to beat!

23. Fly Between India/Middle East and Asia 1 or Asia 2

If you’re looking for a premium cabin redemption, this is another great option that lets you test out some great business and first class products on less expensive routes.

India/Middle East to Asia 1 (Japan/Korea) costs 22,500 in economy, 40,000 in business, and 50,000 in first. If you’re not going quite that far and just heading to Asia 2, you won’t save any miles for those premium cabin redemptions, and it will actually cost you more in economy!

India/Middle East to Asia 2 costs 25,000 in economy, 40,000 in business, and 50,000 in first.

Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking American Airlines First Class.

24. Fly From Asia 1 to the South Pacific

Flights might not be that long between Asia 1 (Japan/Korea) and certain parts of the South Pacific, but it is a region where travel tends to be quite expensive. You can use miles to reduce that cost, and even try out some great premium cabins!

Economy class from Asia 1 to the South Pacific costs 30,000 miles each way, while business and first will set you back 40,000 and 60,000 miles, respectively.

As you can see above, there are plenty of great options to choose from, and American Airlines award travel presents some of the best access to amazing first and business class products.

Though most of their prices were raised significantly in March 2016, there is still some great value to be had with other redemptions.

Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking American Airlines First Class.

In Conclusion

In this post, I outlined some of the best ways to redeem your American Airlines AAdvantage miles. Remember that AA frequent flyer miles give you access to award tickets on American-operated flights as well as flights operated by their partners.

With a little strategizing, you’ll be flying to Mumbai with AA miles or enjoying a first class flight experience across the world for a great value.

Happy redeeming!

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FAQ

What are American Airlines miles?
American Airlines’ frequent flyer program is called AAdvantage. The miles you earn and redeem through American Airlines are AAdvantage miles.

Can American Airlines AAdvantage miles be transferred?
Miles cannot be transferred to AA mileage partners directly. They can, however, be used to redeem tickets on award flights with partner airlines, or be redeemed for car rentals, hotel stays, and more.

Are American Airlines AAdvantage miles refundable?
If you have purchased an AAdvantage award ticket, you may be eligible for a mileage reinstatement. Contact AA reservations at 1-800-882-8880 to cancel your flight and ask for mileage back.

Eligible reinstatements include entirely unused AAdvantage award travel tickets if the ticket has not expired. When reinstated, you will be charged $150 per account on the first ticket. Additional tickets will be charged $25 each. These fees are waived for Executive Platinum members.

All of the above applies to reinstatements on miles used to upgrade award tickets.

What are American Airlines AAdvantage miles worth?
American Airlines AAdvantage miles are typically valued at an average of 1.7 cents per point. This means a $100 flight ticket can be awarded for the equivalent of about 5,800 AA miles.

How can I earn more AAdvantage miles?
You can earn more miles by using credit cards branded with American Airlines, such as the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®, CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, and Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold World Elite™ Mastercard®.

SPG is also a partner with American Airlines, so their cards can also be used to earn AA miles: Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.

You can also participate in the AAdvantage Dining Program.

How many American Airlines miles are required for a free flight?
You can obtain a free flight in the contiguous U.S. for as few as 7,500 AAdvantage miles after changes to the program March 22,2016. Prior to these changes, flights cost 12,500 miles and up.

How many AAdvantage miles do I need to get to Europe?
After March 21, 2016, you need at least 22,500 AA miles to fly to Europe in economy class during off-peak dates (November 1-December 14 and January 10-March 14).

Who are American Airlines AAdvantage partners?
American Airlines (and American Eagle) is a part of the Oneworld alliance, meaning they partner with all Oneworld carriers. American Airlines frequent flyer partners include:

Air Berlin
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Iberia
Finnair
LATAM Airlines
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas Airlines
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian Airlines
S7 Airlines
Japan Airlines
SriLankan Airlines

They are also partners with the following additional airlines:

Air Tahiti Nui
Alaska Airlines
Cape Air Airlines
Etihad Airways
Fiji Airways
Gulf Air
Hawaiian Airlines
Seaborne Airlines
WestJet

What are American Airlines AAdvantage 500-mile upgrades?
There are three tiers to the AAdvantage elite status program: Gold, Platinum, and Executive Platinum.

Platinum and Gold status AAdvantage members can upgrade their purchased main cabin ticket to the next class of fare on American Airlines flights.

Flights traveling under 500 miles will receive complimentary upgrades for Platinum and Gold members, while 500 AAdvantage miles will be needed to upgrade on flights traveling over 500 miles.

Note that if your status expires, you will keep any 500 mile upgrades you have earned, but you won’t be able to use them until you reach status again. Alternatively, you can use them if you travel with someone who has status.

When do American Airlines AAdvantage miles expire?
American Airlines AAdvantage miles expire after 18 months of inactivity. Simply earn or redeem miles every 18 months to keep your AAdvantage account from expiring.