Best Ways to Earn AA Miles

I’m not gonna lie, when it comes to airline programs, I think that American Airlines AAdvantage program is one of the best out there. There are a lot of great ways to redeem American Airlines AAdvantage miles, from economy to first class.

The biggest drawback to AAdvantage miles is that currently, no credit card flexible rewards currency directly transfers to American Airlines. This can make it appear to be a bit difficult to accumulate AAdvantage miles compared to other mileage programs out there.

Don’t let that stop you from pursuing AAdvantage miles.

How to Display AA’s Old Award Search Tool

Ugh. American Airlines' new tool for searching award space is super annoying. The results are in no way displayed in a way that makes it efficient for us to see what's available.

It gives you no easy option to filter number of stops or cabin. On the week view, it says a filter function is coming soon... but it's said that for a while now. (Edit 7/18: There are some filter options on the mobile version.

Redeem AA Miles by Tomorrow for 10% Rebate

Attention AAdvantage cardholders!

$2,000 Worth of Citi Sign Up Bonuses Ending This Week (One Ends Today!)

There are two credit cards with large sign-up bonuses that are set to expire this week.

The CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard: 70,000 bonus American Airlines miles for spending $4,000 on the new card within three months of account opening. You must apply by today (October 9, 2018) to qualify for this bonus offer. 
The Citi ThankYou Premier: 60,000 bonus ThankYou Points for spending $4,000 on the new card within three months of account opening.

Part I: How to Earn 237,000 American Airlines Miles

Right now it's easy to earn a boatload of American Airlines miles quickly.

Qantas Business Open for Two to Australia Over 2018 Holidays (Outbound Only)

Business Class award space for at least two travelers is plentiful right now from the United States to Australia, mid November through December. There aren't a lot of return options on Qantas, so you'll likely need to find other award space for the other direction (think Air New Zealand, United, or American if you want to fly back to the United States).

Yes, I realize that it's just outbound award space and most people have to fly home.

Earn 40k Miles For Paying One Annual Fee on this Business Card

The Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard comes with 60,000 American Airlines miles, and you don't even have to spend a large amount of money to earn the bonus. In fact, you hardly have to spend anything--only one purchase is required, along with the payment of the $95 annual fee--to trigger the 60k bonus. Little did you know Barclaycard also issues a business version of this card! It comes with 40,000 American Airlines miles after one purchase and paying the $95 annual fee.

Extended to End of October: Up to 62.5% Transfer Bonus from SPG to AAdvantage

Update 10/22/17: This transfer bonus was supposed to end October 15 but has been extended through October 31, 2017.

Until October 15, 2017, you can get up to a 62.5% bonus when transferring your SPG points to American Airlines AAdvantage. Previous SPG to AAdvantage transfer bonuses have offered a maximum of a 20% bonus.

AAdvantage’s Reduced Mileage Awards for Travel Oct. – Jan.

American Airlines AAdvantage periodically releases a list of discounted domestic sAAver level awards to cities all around the country called Reduced Mileage Awards. The maximum these awards are discounted is 7,500 miles roundtrip. The exact discount you receive depends on which AAdvantage credit card you have.

The latest list is good for travel in October through January.

Increased 75k Bonus for the AAdvantage Executive Card

Update: The 75,000 mile offer for the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard ends tomorrow (Thursday), so if you want the elevated bonus, apply by then! 

For a limited time, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard is now offering a whopping 75,000 bonus American Airlines miles but for a higher minimum spending requirement of $7,500 within three months of opening the card

This is a large jump from the previous offer of 50,000 miles after spending $5,000.

The Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard is a great card for many people