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American Airlines Business Extra: How Businesses Can Earn & Redeem Points [2024]

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One of the more interesting offerings from American Airlines is a separate loyalty program, known as Business Extra, that exists alongside its standard AAdvantage frequent flyer program. This program allows you to earn rewards in addition to those you’d earn through AAdvantage.

If you’re a business owner who happens to travel frequently, or if you have employees who do, you’ll want to pay attention. We’re going to walk you through how to access Business Extra, how to earn miles quickly, and of course, the best ways to make the most of your Business Extra points.

If you use — or think you’d want to use — Business Extra at all, bookmark this guide, as later on, we’ll be showing you how to redeem your points for tons of value.

The Pros and Cons of American Airlines Business Extra

American Airlines Business Extra is the business-focused loyalty program offered by American Airlines. It caters to small and medium-sized businesses and offers the ability for companies to earn rewards for travel taken by employees.

Its sister loyalty program, American Airlines AAdvantage, is geared towards the larger travel demographic, including non-business travelers.

One particularly appealing feature of Business Extra is that you can earn points from flying with partner airlines, including British Airways, Iberia, Japan Airlines, and select Finnair and Qantas flights.

You can use Business Extra points for more than just flights, too. You can use them for upgrades, lounge memberships, and you can even convert them to AAdvantage miles!

In general, you’ll earn Business Extra points much more slowly than you would earn Delta SkyMiles for Business or United PerksPlus.

However, we like the idea of racking up Business Extra points and AAdvantage miles on paid travel!

How To Enroll in American Airlines Business Extra

Businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria to register for Business Extra:

  • You must have 3 unique travelers on your account (i.e. 3 employees, including yourself)
  • Your company must be in the U.S., Canada, Anguilla, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Hong Kong, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, or South Korea
  • Your company must not currently have a corporate sales agreement, discount, or other agreement with American Airlines, American Eagle, British Airways, Iberia, or Japan Airlines

Although there’s no spending requirement for an account to remain active, Business Extra members must have at least $5,000 in qualifying flight activity during the previous 12-month period in order to redeem any points.

To register online, all you need to do is complete the online form.

How To Earn American Airlines Business Extra Points

You can earn Business Extra points by booking paid airfare on:

  • American Airlines
  • American Eagle
  • British Airways
  • Finnair (eligible flights must be marketed by American Airlines, and ticket numbers must start with 001)
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • Qantas (eligible flights must be marketed by American Airlines, and ticket numbers must start with 001)

You’ll receive 1 Business Extra point for every $5 spent on airfare. If you’re familiar with any similar programs from competitors, you’ll notice this earning structure is much simpler as there are no accrual levels, fare classes, or routing factors that can increase or decrease the points you’ll accumulate.

If your physical address is in Bermuda, the Caribbean, Central America, or South America, you’ll earn 2.5 points for every $10 of flown revenue.

One unique perk is that fuel surcharges and other carrier-imposed surcharges will count towards mileage accrual, but airport taxes and fees will not.

Business Extra points post to your account within 2 to 3 days after a flight has finished, and your points will expire at the end of 2 calendar years after they’re earned. Any Business Extra points earned in 2022 will expire on December 31, 2024. And any points earned are deposited into the business’ account — there are no “individual” Business Extra accounts.

Specifically, you’ll earn 4 Business Extra points per $20 spent on base airfare, which translates to an earning ratio of 1 point per $5 spent. Additionally, you’ll receive a 6% rebate on the first $1.5 million on flown eligible American Airlines airfares purchased every year.

How To Redeem American Airlines Business Extra Points

Redeeming Business Extra points is easy — all you need to do is log in to your online account and choose your redemption there.

Keep in mind that you can redeem Business Extra points for anybody, including yourself, your employees, and everybody else.

As a reminder, you can redeem Business Extra points for:

We find that the best way to redeem Business Extra points is for upgrades and airfare. Sure, you can convert your points to AAdvantage miles at a 1:6 ratio and then book award travel, but this method may limit the value you’ll receive from Business Extra.

Airfare is separated into 2 buckets:

  • Anytime: Less restrictive but more expensive
    • These tickets have no blackout dates or change fees and start at 5,000 points
  • PlanAhead: More restrictive but less expensive
    • These tickets do have blackout dates and change fees and start at 2,000 points

You can also book partner airfare on British Airways, Iberia, and Japan Airlines. Tickets on these partners start at 3,000 points and do have blackout dates.

Upgrades are priced and separated based on the routing and the type of fare booked (full fare versus discounted fare).

Once you redeem your points, you’ll receive a certificate that’s valid for travel up to a year from the date of issuing. These certificates cover travel within a specific region as opposed to a defined route. They can be redeemed for travel up to 330 days in advance.

There are currently 2 ways to make your redemption:

  • Online through the website
  • Over the phone by calling 800-433-1790

If you’ve redeemed your points but haven’t ticketed any reservations, you can reinstate your points without a fee. If you’ve already ticketed your award, you’ll want to call 800-457-7072 to reinstate your award.

American Airlines Business Extra Rewards Chart

American Airlines offers the ability to redeem Business Extra points for:

  • American Airlines-operated flights
  • American Airlines upgrades
  • Miscellaneous rewards
  • Partner-operated flights

American Airlines-Operated Flights

Here’s the award chart for American Airlines-operated flights:

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Reward TypeCabin ClassPoints Cost
Within North America, Excluding U.S. Transcontinental
PlanAheadMain Cabin2,000
Business/First (2-cabin aircraft)3,200
AnytimeMain Cabin5,000
Business/First (2-cabin aircraft)8,000
Within North America, Including U.S. Transcontinental
PlanAheadMain Cabin2,000
Business5,400
First7,200
AnytimeMain Cabin5,000
Business13,500
First18,000
Between North America and Hawaii
PlanAheadMain Cabin3,000
Business5,400
AnytimeMain Cabin7,500
Business13,500
Between North America and the Caribbean
PlanAheadMain Cabin2,400
Business4,800
AnytimeMain Cabin6,000
Business12,000
Between North America and Central or South America Zone 1
PlanAheadMain Cabin3,000
Business5,400
AnytimeMain Cabin7,500
Business13,500
Between North America and South America Zone 2
PlanAheadMain Cabin4,400
Business7,200
First10,000
AnytimeMain Cabin11,000
Business18,000
First25,000
Between North America and Europe
PlanAheadMain Cabin4,400
Business7,200
First10,000
AnytimeMain Cabin11,000
Business18,000
First25,000
Between North America and Japan or China or South Korea
PlanAheadMain Cabin4,400
Business7,200
First10,000
AnytimeMain Cabin11,000
Business18,000
First25,000
Between North America and South Pacific
PlanAheadMain Cabin4,400
Business7,200
First10,000
AnytimeMain Cabin11,000
Business18,000
First25,000

As you can see in the chart, PlanAhead certificates are indeed cheaper but are subject to blackout dates. PlanAhead award availability corresponds directly to SAAver-level or Web Special-level availability. Conversely, the more expensive Anytime certificates are pricier but have no blackout dates and therefore offer greater flexibility to flyers.

Partner-operated Flights

If you’re interested in redeeming Business Extra points for partner-operated flights, you can currently do so on the following airlines:

  • British Airways
  • Finnair (select flights marketed by American Airlines)
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • Qantas (select flights marketed by American Airlines)

Here’s the Business Extra award chart for partner-operated flights:

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Cabin ClassPoints Cost
North America to/From Europe
Coach6,000
Premium Economy9,000
Business14,000
First20,000
North America to/From Africa
Coach11,000
Premium Economy17,000
Business27,000
First37,000
North America to/From Indian Subcontinent/Middle East
Coach11,000
Premium Economy17,000
Business27,000
First37,000
Central/South America Zone 1 to/From Europe
Coach13,000
Premium Economy18,000
Business25,000
First32,000
Central/South America Zone 1 to/From Africa
Coach18,000
Premium Economy26,000
Business38,000
First49,000
Central/South America Zone 1 to/From Indian Subcontinent/Middle East
Coach18,000
Premium Economy26,000
Business38,000
First49,000
South America Zone 2 to/From Europe
Coach14,000
Premium Economy19,000
Business26,000
First40,000
South America Zone 2 to/From Africa
Coach19,000
Premium Economy27,000
Business39,000
First57,000
South America Zone 2 to/From Indian Subcontinent/Middle East
Coach19,000
Premium Economy27,000
Business39,000
First57,000
Within the United Kingdom
Coach3,000
Within Spain
Coach3,000
Within Europe
Coach3,000
Business6,000
Within Africa
Coach3,000
Business6,000
Europe to/From Africa
Coach5,000
Premium Economy8,000
Business13,000
First17,000
Europe to/From Indian Subcontinent/Middle East
Coach5,000
Premium Economy8,000
Business13,000
First17,000
Europe to/From Asia
Coach6,000
Premium Economy10,000
Business16,000
First21,000
Europe to/From South Pacific
Coach13,000
Premium Economy20,000
Business32,000
First36,000
Japan to/From North America
Coach11,000
Business18,000
Japan to/From Europe
Coach9,000
Business18,000
Japan to/From South Pacific
Coach9,000
Business18,000
Japan to/From Asia Zone 1
Coach6,000
Business11,000
Japan to/From Asia Zone 2
Coach6,000
Business11,000

American Airlines Upgrades

You can also redeem Business Extra points for upgrades on American Airlines and American Eagle flights. Here’s a look at the award chart for upgrades:

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Type of UpgradePoints Cost
Within North America or Between North America and Hawaii or the Caribbean
1-Segment Upgrade*650
Between North America and Europe, South America, Central America, Asia, or South Pacific
International One-way Upgrade on Full Fare**1,200
International One-way Upgrade on Discounted Fare*3,100

*Flights with fare codes B, N, O, Q, and S are excluded
**J or Y fare codes are considered full-fare tickets

Miscellaneous Rewards

Here are the other ways you can redeem Business Extra points:

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Type of RewardPoints Cost
AAdvantage Gold Status3,200
AAdvantage Platinum Status6,600
Admirals Club Membership3,300
Admirals Club 1-Day Pass300
Carbon Emission Offset300 points for 1 carbon emission tonnage offset
Convert to AAdvantage miles1:6 ratio (minimum transfer amount is 100 points)

Hot Tip:

The 22 Best Ways To Use Your American Airlines Business Extra Points

So, now that you know all the ways to earn Business Extra points and understand what they can be used for, what are the best ways to use them once they hit your account? Stay right here, as we’re going to show you all of our favorite ways to get maximum value from your Business Extra points.

1. Upgrade Your Transcontinental American Airlines Flights for 650 Points

American Airlines Flagship First Class
American Airlines Flagship First. Image Credit: Stephen Au

American Airlines has a handful of premium routes in the U.S. that boast lie-flat seats and elevated service, known specifically as Flagship Business and Flagship First.

These are usually offered on transcontinental flights within the U.S. You can often find relatively inexpensive Flagship Business fares but Flagship First is typically much pricier.

Flights with fare codes B, N, O, Q, and S are excluded. The upgrade fare codes are A for upgrades from business to first class and C for upgrades from economy to business class. Of note, these are the same fare classes as systemwide upgrades.

But if you find an inexpensive Flagship Business ticket (these can cost as little as $499 one-way), you can redeem 650 points for a one-segment upgrade to Flagship First (where tickets can exceed $3,000 one-way).

Here are some great ways to get some exceptional value from your Business Extra points:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Boston (BOS) upgraded one-way from Flagship Business to Flagship First for 650 points (~$1,000 cash value)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Miami (MIA) upgraded one-way from Flagship Business to Flagship First for 650 points (~$2,000 cash value)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – New York (JFK) upgraded one-way from Flagship Business to Flagship First for 650 points (~$1,500 cash value)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – New York (JFK) upgraded one-way from Flagship Business to Flagship First for 650 points (~$1,500 cash value)

2. Upgrade Your Long-haul American Airlines Flights for 3,100 Points

American Airlines 787-9 Flagship Business Class seat 4L rear view
American Airlines 787-9 Flagship Business seat. Image Credit: Stephen Au

Although not quite as stellar of a deal as upgrading transcontinental flights using Business Extra points, you can upgrade your long-haul flights using Business Extra points for excellent value, too.

Flexible travelers will find that round-trip business class airfare on American Airlines is often reasonably priced — but there are a handful of more expensive routes.

You can upgrade an economy ticket (discounted fares of B, N, O, Q, and S are ineligible) for 3,100 Business Extra points one-way. Here are some of the highest-value routes we could find:

  • Charlotte (CLT) – Rome (FCO) upgraded one-way from American Airlines economy to Flagship Business for 3,100 points (~$3,000 cash value)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Tokyo-Narita (NRT) upgraded one-way from American Airlines economy to Flagship Business for 3,100 points (~$4,000 cash value)
  • Miami (MIA) – Tel Aviv (TLV) upgraded one-way from American Airlines economy to Flagship Business for 3,100 points (~$5,500 cash value)
  • New York (JFK) – Doha (DOH) upgraded one-way from American Airlines economy to Flagship Business for 3,100 points (~$4,000 cash value)
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Athens (ATH) upgraded one-way from American Airlines economy to Flagship Business for 3,100 points (~$3,500 cash value)
  • Phoenix (PHX) – London-Heathrow (LHR) upgraded one-way from American Airlines economy to Flagship Business for 3,100 points (~$2,000 cash value)

Bottom Line: Our favorite way to redeem Business Extra points is for flight upgrades. On a per-point basis, you’ll almost always get the most value from flight upgrades on American Airlines, specifically for transcontinental Flagship routes and international long-haul flights.

3. Book Expensive Domestic Economy Class Flights Within the U.S. with No Blackout Dates for 5,000 Points

When it comes to booking flights using points, one of the biggest frustrations is the absence of award availability.

However, through the Business Extra program, you can access American Airlines’ Anytime certificates on U.S. domestic flights without blackout dates for just 5,000 points. This gets you a round-trip Anytime certificate in economy class.

Whether you’re planning your trip around ski season, the Kentucky Derby, spring break, or any other peak travel period, you can use this certificate to get awesome value.

Here are some of the most valuable routes to book:

  • El Paso (ELP) – Chicago (ORD) – Dubuque (DBQ) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 5,000 points with no blackout dates
  • Oklahoma City (OKC) – Chicago (ORD) – Marquette (MQT) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 5,000 points with no blackout dates
  • Rapid City (RAP) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Aspen (ASE) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 5,000 points with no blackout dates
  • Springfield (SPI) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Jackson Hole (JAC) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 5,000 points with no blackout dates

4. Fly From North America to the Caribbean in Economy Class for 2,400 Points

Is the Caribbean on your list? You can get excellent value for your airfare if you use a PlanAhead certificate. You’ll redeem 2,400 points for a round-trip economy class flight between North America and the Caribbean.

Although many of these itineraries involve connecting in a hub like Dallas (DFW) or Miami (MIA), you’ll get excellent value if your trip originates in smaller airports across the country. In doing so, expect to get a cash value of up to $1,500 round-trip.

Here are some ideas:

  • Denver (DEN) – Charlotte (CLT) – Samana (AZS) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 2,400 points
  • Eugene (EUG) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Montego Bay (MBJ) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 2,400 points
  • Santa Barbara (SBA) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Aruba (AUA) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 2,400 points
  • Santa Fe (SAF) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Nassau (NAS) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 2,400 points

5. Fly From North America to the Caribbean in Business Class for 4,800 Points

If you’re interested in flying business class, you can redeem 4,800 Business Extra points for a round-trip business class PlanAhead certificate.

Depending on how these are redeemed, you can get thousands of dollars in value! Here are some great example redemptions:

  • Buffalo (BUF) – Charlotte (CLT) – St. Kitts (SKB) round-trip in American Airlines business class for 4,800 points
  • Chicago (ORD) – Miami (MIA) – St. Maarten (SXM) round-trip in American Airlines business class for 4,800 points
  • Detroit (DTW) – Miami (MIA) – St. Vincent (SVD) round-trip in American Airlines business class for 4,800 points
  • Phoenix (PHX) – Miami (MIA) – Bonaire (BON) round-trip in American Airlines business class for 4,800 points

6. Fly From the Continental U.S. to Hawaii With No Blackout Dates for 7,500 Points

Hawaii is an ever-popular destination, and also has some of the highest ticket prices around — in fact, we’ve seen economy tickets in American Airlines economy go for as much as $3,000 round-trip! Save thousands of dollars on airfare by redeeming 7,500 Business Extra points for a round-trip Anytime certificate with no blackout dates in economy class.

Check out some of these great example routes to book:

  • Aspen (ASE) – Los Angeles (LAX) – Lihue (LIH) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 7,500 points with no blackout dates
  • Grand Island (GRI) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Honolulu (HNL) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 7,500 points with no blackout dates
  • Tampa (TPA) – Phoenix (PHX) – Kona (KOA) round-trip in American Airlines economy class for 7,500 points with no blackout dates

7. Fly From the Continental U.S. to Hawaii in First Class for 5,400 Points

American Eagle First Class Meal Time
Comfortably fly to Hawaii in American Airlines first class using your Business Extra points. Image Credit: American Airlines

You can redeem 5,400 Business Extra points to fly to Hawaii in style, though keep in mind that you’ll have to use a less-flexible PlanAhead voucher to do so. If you’re able to find availability that works for your schedule, you can get an amazing value as these tickets regularly sell for several thousand dollars.

Here are some fun routes you can book:

  • Asheville (AVL) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Kahului (OGG) round-trip in American Airlines first class for 5,400 points
  • Grand Junction (GJT) – Phoenix (PHX) – Lihue (LIH) round-trip in American Airlines first class for 5,400 points
  • Harrisburg (MDT) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Honolulu (HNL) round-trip in American Airlines first class for 5,400 points
  • Montgomery (MGM) – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Kahului (OGG) round-trip in American Airlines first class for 5,400 points

8. Fly From the U.S. to London in Flagship First for 10,000 Points

American Airlines 777 300ER First Class Seat with IFE
Flagship First seats feature a large entertainment screen directly ahead, offering a variety of movies and television shows. Image Credit: James Larounis

American Airlines deploys a few of its most premium aircraft on flights to London (LHR). These aircraft, the 4-class Boeing 777-300ER, boast a spacious Flagship First seat that can swivel 270 degrees!

And if you happen to find availability, you can redeem just 10,000 points for a PlanAhead certificate in first class to London. Considering that round-trip first class tickets retail for $10,000+, you can see the value proposition here.

Here are some of our favorite flights to book:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship First for 10,000 points
  • Miami (MIA) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship First for 10,000 points
  • New York (JFK) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship First for 10,000 points

9. Fly From the U.S. to London in Flagship Business for 7,200 Points

If you don’t need first class and prefer to save some points by booking business class, we support that, too!

You can redeem 7,200 Business Extra points for a round-trip PlanAhead certificate in business class to London. These tickets usually sell for around $4,000 to $5,000 round-trip.

Here are some examples of nonstop flights you can book:

  • Boston (BOS) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Charlotte (CLT) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Chicago (ORD) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Phoenix (PHX) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Seattle (SEA) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points

10. Fly From the U.S. to Greece in Flagship Business for 7,200 Points

Itching to go to Greece? You’re in luck — American flies nonstop to the nation’s capital, Athens.

You can redeem 7,200 Business Extra points for one of these round-trip business class certificates. Paid tickets in business class routinely sell for $8,000 to $10,000 round-trip.

Here are the nonstop routes you should be looking at:

  • Chicago (ORD) – Athens (ATH) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • New York (JFK) – Athens (ATH) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Athens (ATH) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points

11. Fly From the U.S. to Italy in Flagship Business for 7,200 Points

American Airlines operates nonstop flights to 3 airports in Italy. You can redeem 7,200 Business Extra points for a PlanAhead certificate good for a round-trip business class flight. Depending on the exact route, you can get anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000 in cash value.

Check out our favorite routes:

  • Chicago (ORD) – Rome (FCO) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Rome (FCO) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • New York (JFK) – Milan (MXP) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Rome (FCO) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Venice (VCE) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points

12. Fly From the U.S. to Spain in Flagship Business for 7,200 Points

American Airlines serves 2 of the largest airports in Spain — Barcelona (BCN) and Madrid (MAD) — with nonstop flights from the U.S.

You can redeem 7,200 Business Extra points for a round-trip business class PlanAhead certificate, and these tickets typically go for around $3,000 to $5,000 in cash.

Here are some of the routes you can book:

  • Chicago (ORD) – Barcelona (BCN) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Madrid (MAD) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Miami (MIA) – Barcelona (BCN) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • New York (JFK) – Barcelona (BCN) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • New York (JFK) – Madrid (MAD) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Barcelona (BCN) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Madrid (MAD) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points

13. Book Last-Minute Flagship Business Flights to Europe for 18,000 Points

Business class tickets booked very close to departure can be astronomically expensive, but if you have Business Extra points, you can redeem 18,000 of them for an Anytime certificate for a round-trip flight.

As a reminder, there are no blackout dates with these certificates, which is very useful for business travelers. Here are some example routes you can book using this certificate:

  • Charlotte (CLT) – Frankfurt (FRA) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 18,000 points with no blackout dates
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Dublin (DUB) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 18,000 points with no blackout dates
  • Miami (MIA) – Paris (CDG) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 18,000 points with no blackout dates
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Zurich (ZRH) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 18,000 points with no blackout dates

14. Fly From the U.S. to Tokyo in Flagship Business for 7,200 Points

You can cash in 7,200 Business Extra points for a round-trip PlanAhead certificate for a round-trip business class flight to Tokyo, Japan. Note, however, that American is currently offering a reduced schedule of flights to the Japanese capital due to ongoing travel restrictions in the country.

You can expect to see prices of about $4,000 to $6,000 on this route if you were to pay cash.

Here are some of our favorite routes to book:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Tokyo-Haneda (HND) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo-Haneda (HND) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points

15. Fly From the U.S. to South Korea in Flagship Business for 7,200 Points

Redeem 7,200 Business Extra points for a PlanAhead certificate valid for a round-trip business class ticket on American Airlines’ lone route to South Korea (at least for now). Paid flights on this route usually sell for about $6,500 to $7,000 round-trip.

Here’s what you can book:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Seoul-Incheon (ICN) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 7,200 points

16. Book Flexible Flagship Business Airfare From the U.S. to Australia and New Zealand for 18,000 Points

Award availability on American Airlines to Australia and New Zealand at the Saver level is almost impossible to find. For this reason, having a PlanAhead certificate is almost useless.

That’s why we recommend redeeming 18,000 Business Extra points for a round-trip business class Anytime certificate, which has no blackout dates.

This could be a huge money saver because paid business class flights on these routes can cost upwards of $15,000 round-trip.

Here are 2 of the best routes to use these certificates on:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Auckland (AKL) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 18,000 points with no blackout dates
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Sydney (SYD) round-trip in American Airlines Flagship Business for 18,000 points with no blackout dates

17. Book British Airways First Class From the U.S. to London for 20,000 Points

British Airways First Class
British Airways first class. Image Credit: Alex Miller

British Airways and American Airlines, despite being close partners, vie for market share in the very competitive U.S.-U.K. travel corridor.

In general, though, British Airways edges out American Airlines for its first class product, making it a good idea to choose BA first class over AA first class when given the choice.

The other added benefit of British Airways is that it connects London with many more cities than American does, understandable given its position as the flag carrier of the U.K.

For 20,000 Business Extra points, you can get a partner award certificate for round-trip first class between the U.S. and Europe with British Airways. Keep in mind that these first class tickets routinely sell for more than $10,000 round-trip.

Here are some of our favorite flights to book with this:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in British Airways first class for 20,000 points
  • Miami (MIA) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in British Airways first class for 20,000 points
  • San Francisco (SFO) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in British Airways first class for 20,000 points

18. Book British Airways First Class From the U.S. to the Maldives for 37,000 Points

If you were interested in flying British Airways beyond the U.S., why not fly to the Maldives with a short layover in London? For 37,000 Business Extra points, you could fly in first class luxury for 20+ hours to one of the world’s most exclusive destinations. And, it represents an exceptional value, given that these tickets routinely sell for up to $20,000 round-trip.

Here are a few routes that are on our minds:

  • Chicago (ORD) – London-Heathrow (LHR) – Malé (MLE) round-trip in British Airways first class for 37,000 points
  • Phoenix (PHX) – London-Heathrow (LHR) – Malé (MLE) round-trip in British Airways first class for 37,000 points
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) – London-Heathrow (LHR) – Malé (MLE) round-trip in British Airways first class for 37,000 points

19. Book British Airways First Class From London to the Middle East for 17,000 Points

The last British Airways redemption we’ll discuss is for travel between London and the Middle East. Despite flights being around 6 to 8 hours in duration, these flights can easily cost several thousand dollars.

For this reason, we love the idea of redeeming 17,000 points for a partner British Airways award between London and the Middle East, good for round-trip first class travel.

Here are some great example routes to book:

  • London-Heathrow (LHR) – Bahrain (BAH) round-trip in British Airways first class for 17,000 points
  • London-Heathrow (LHR) – Kuwait City (KWI) round-trip in British Airways first class for 17,000 points
  • London-Heathrow (LHR) – Riyadh (RUH) round-trip in British Airways first class for 17,000 points

Hot Tip: Iberia often sells discounted economy and business class tickets, which can reduce the value proposition of redeeming Business Extra points for flights on the Spanish flag carrier.

20. Book Japan Airlines Business Class From the U.S. to Japan for 18,000 Points

Japan Airlines Business Class 777
Pick a window seat to have the best business class experience on Japan Airlines.  Image Credit: Stephen Au

Japan Airlines is another airline that offers a well-rounded experience bookable with Business Extra points.

In particular, we like redeeming Business Extra points on Japan Airlines because nonstop business class flights on the Oneworld airline can be pricey, while partner-level availability can be plentiful.

With such an attractive value proposition, we encourage you to explore the idea of getting a round-trip business class certificate for travel on Japan Airlines by redeeming 18,000 points. You’ll get a cash value of $6,000 to $10,000 on a round-trip ticket.

Here are example routes to think about:

  • Boston (BOS) – Tokyo-Narita (NRT) round-trip in Japan Airlines business class for 18,000 points
  • Chicago (ORD) – Tokyo-Haneda (HND) round-trip in Japan Airlines business class for 18,000 points
  • New York (JFK) – Tokyo-Haneda (HND) round-trip in Japan Airlines business class for 18,000 points

21. Book Japan Airlines Business Class Between Japan and Europe for 18,000 Points

Japan Airlines flights between Japan and Europe are also very expensive. These flights are generally limited to international gateways, but getting one of these flights means 10 to 12 hours of comfort in the sky.

You can redeem 18,000 Business Extra points for a round-trip partner award on Japan Airlines in business class. Some of these tickets retail for up to $8,000 round-trip!

Here are some example routes:

  • Tokyo-Haneda (HND) – London-Heathrow (LHR) round-trip in Japan Airlines business class for 18,000 points
  • Tokyo-Haneda (HND) – Paris (CDG) round-trip in Japan Airlines business class for 18,000 points

22. Book Japan Airlines Business Class Between India and Japan for 11,000 Points

The last redemption option we’ll discuss is for regional flights between Japan and India on Japan Airlines business class.

Because these flights are still considered long-haul despite staying wholly within Asia, you can get solid value from your Business Extra points.

Specifically, you can redeem 11,000 points for a round-trip certificate in business class for travel between Japan and the rest of Asia. Because these fares can run anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000 round-trip, you can get some great value.

Here are Japan Airlines’ nonstop routes to/from India:

  • Tokyo-Haneda (HND) – New Delhi (DEL) round-trip in Japan Airlines business class for 11,000 points
  • Tokyo-Narita (NRT) – Bengaluru (BLR) round-trip in Japan Airlines business class for 11,000 points

Final Thoughts

Overall, there’s plenty to like about the American Airlines Business Extra program. The earning structure is an especially transparent and simplified aspect of the program.

For the vast majority of instances, you will earn 1 point per $5 spent on flight revenue — it’s as simple as that!

One of the best features of Business Extra is that you can easily redeem points for upgrade certificates and even flights on partner airlines.

But perhaps the best part (especially for business owners) is that you can redeem points for flight certificates with no blackout dates. Sure, these are more expensive, but they are incredibly useful if you have less flexibility.

Our favorite ways to use Business Extra points include transcontinental flight upgrades, long-haul flight upgrades, flexible U.S. domestic certificates, and more.

You can also redeem points for partner award certificates on British Airways, Iberia, and Japan Airlines, but these are a bit more expensive than similar flight certificates for travel on American Airlines.

There’s a lot to love about American Airlines Business Extra, and if you’re a business owner, you don’t want to overlook this valuable program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is AA Business Extra?

AA Business Extra is American Airlines’ frequent flyer program specifically designed for small- and medium-sized businesses. It allows businesses to earn rewards tied to the business itself as opposed to a single individual.

How much does American Airlines Business Extra cost?

Enrolling in American Airlines Business Extra is free! You just need to meet the eligibility requirements and register.

How do businesses earn extra points?

Businesses can earn extra points by double-dipping their travel to earn business rewards and consumer rewards.

In this case, if you book a lot of paid travel for your business, you can earn AAdvantage miles and Business Extra points.

How do I register my business with American Airlines?

You can register your business with the American Airlines Business Extra program by clicking this link.

How do AAdvantage Business Extra points work?

American Airlines Business Extra points can be earned from paid travel on American Airlines and a handful of its airline partners. The points you earn can be redeemed for airfare, upgrades, flights on partner airlines, and much more.

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