How to Earn & Burn American Airlines Miles Fast

It's really easy right now to earn a lot of American Airlines miles fast.

Who Has the Most First Class Award Space to Honolulu?

Update 5/15/17: I originally left out Virgin America award space from this post because we’d heard reports that First Class Virgin America award space showing up on alaskair.com was phantom. I tested to see if the award space was still phantom, and it's not, so I have updated this post to include info on Virgin America award space to Honolulu. The rest of the airlines' award space hasn't been updated but their patterns remain the same. 

Finding First Class award space to Hawaii is complicated.

5x on All AAdvantage Aviator Purchases (Targeted Offer)

Yesterday I received the following email from Barclays about a promotion on my Barclaycard AAdvantage Red World Elite Mastercard...

You can earn 10,000 American Airlines miles for meeting a $2,250 spending requirement over the months of May, June, and July. That's kind of like earning 5x on everyday spending (12,250 miles earned total / $2,250 = 5.44)

Granted, it's 5x on American Airlines miles which we value a little lower than typical legacy carrier miles due to lack of SAAver level award space.

Should You Buy American Airlines Miles for 1.8 Cents Each?

American Airlines is offering up to 115,000 bonus miles when you purchase American Airlines miles through April 13, 2017. You can now buy 265,000 American Airlines miles including bonus for $4,786.88 or 1.8 cents each.

Bonus miles are tiered based on how many miles you purchase. The best deal is to buy 150,000.

American Airlines miles cost 2.95 cents each plus a 7.5% excise tax, and every purchase has a $30 processing fee.

Anatomy of an Award: Buenos Aires to Miami in LATAM Business

I recently booked an award for my parents that departed from their home--Charleston, South Carolina--to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We used a combination of their United miles and their Ultimate Rewards, transferred to United MileagePlus, to book the award in United Business Class.

Citi AAdvantage 50k Offers End TOMORROW

The Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard is offering 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.

The CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard is also offering 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months.

According to One Mile at a Time, both of these 50k bonus offers will end at some point tomorrow, so if you were thinking of applying for these do so now before the bonus drops. 

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West Coast to Italy this Summer for $400 Roundtrip

I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account.

Redeem American Airlines Miles: Part 7 — Redeeming for Hawaii

I am updating and re-posting this series on redeeming American Airlines miles in light of the fact that right now it’s super easy to earn 146,000 American Airlines miles.

For a limited time, the Citi /AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard and the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard are both offering 50k bonus miles for spending $3,000 on each card within three months of opening it. The new Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard is offering 40k bonus American Airlines miles after just one purchase and paying the annual fee of $95.

Anatomy of an Award: To Patagonia with American Airlines and Singapore Miles

I recently went to Patagonia with my friend from Hawaii.

I helped her book her trip with American Airlines and Singapore miles, and I learned some things along the way. Takeaways:

Days of the year with good award space
The only airline within the Americas with fuel surcharges
When to book and when to wait

The Plan
My friend and I wanted to see Chilean and Argentine Patagonia plus Buenos Aires.