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AAdvantage Miles are quite a strange currency when you take a step back and really think about it. If you’re looking to book award flights on American Airlines the miles can be very uneconomical to use or, in the case of Premium Cabin SAAver awards, nearly impossible to use while the same miles can be incredibly good value when used on American’s partner airlines.
I hold and collect American Airlines miles knowing full well that I will almost certainly not be using them to fly on American Airlines.
American Airlines holds very frequent mileage sales (there’s one in progress right now) and in those sales we rarely see the cost/mile drop below 1.7 cents (I think the lowest cost/mile I’ve ever seen is 1.68 cents) but, right now, there a way of generating 7,400 AAdvantage Miles at 1.34 cents each.
The first key to this deal is the AAdvantage eShopping portal which is currently running a good promotion on purchases through The Motley Fool.
The Motley Fool is a subscription based financial advice site and I should say at this point that I have absolutely no idea how good or bad the service is.
For the purposes of this post you should assume that I know nothing about the Motley Fool and, more importantly, you should assume that I don’t care about how good or bad the service is…because I don’t.
If you can make use of a Motley Fool subscription then that’s just a bonus – I’m just here to show you how to generate cheap AAdvantage Miles (hopefully).
Here are the terms of the offer per the AAdvantage eShopping Portal:
Eligible on one (1) subscription per loyalty account number. Only eligible on paid 1 year subscription to The Motley Fool. Monthly subscriptions are ineligible. Subscription must be active for at least 60 days. Not eligible on any free products, trials, services, memberships, subscriptions and retailer marketing subscriptions. Not eligible on purchases made with coupon or discount codes that are not found on this site. Not eligible on gift cards, gift certificates or any other similar cash equivalents.
As you can see it’s important to sign up for a 1 year subscription (avoid monthly subscriptions), you should avoid any free products (unsurprisingly) and you should be careful not to use coupons or discount codes not available on the AAdvantage eShopping Mall.
With all that in mind I think there’s a trick available here which is the second key to securing the best possible cost/mile deal.
When you first click through from the AAdvantage eShopping portal to The Motley Fool you’ll be taken to a page that looks like this:
The “stocks advisor” membership is the cheapest membership The Motley Fool appears to offer and based on this screen it costs $199/year.
At $199 per year this isn’t a good deal if you’re just after the 7,400 AAdvantage Miles as that works out to be a cost of ~2.7 cents/mile.
But here the thing…..
If you click on “premium advice” which you’ll find in the black toolbar at the very top of the page….
…the next page that opens up looks like this:
You should click on the “sign up today” button and, when you get to the next screen, you’ll find a lot of information about what a “stock advisor” subscription will offer you.
At this point you need to scroll down towards the bottom of the page or click on one of the “Join today for only $19” buttons that you should see.
Either option will take you towards the bottom of the page where you should see this offer:
On this page the annual Stock Advisor membership is down to $99 and, importantly, no voucher or discount code has been used so there should be no reason why this subscription violates the terms of the AAdvantage eShopping portal offer.
The $99 subscription is for a year (as required by the terms of the offer on the AAdvantage eShopping portal) and should trigger the portal offer of 7,400 miles.
7,400 miles at a cost of $99 gives you a cost/mile of just $0.0134.
I can’t see any reason why the $99/year subscription shouldn’t trigger the 7,400 earnings from the AAdvantage eShopping portal but, just to be sure, make sure you take screenshots of all the pages you use (the offer as shown on the portal and your payment screen showing no coupon added will be the most important) just so you have something to fall back on in the event that the miles don’t post (I do this every time I use the portal regardless of how obvious it is that the miles should post).
At 1.34 cents each this is just about as cheap as you can generate AAdvantage Miles and, although the number of miles generated isn’t enough for an award on its own, this offer can be a great way to top up an AAdvantage account at a very good price.