American Airlines has launched a new mileage sale for July in which it is offering discounts of between 10% and 45%. There's nothing majorly complicated about this sale as for once, this is an AAdvantage sale in which the more miles you buy the cheaper the cost per mile becomes.
Up until 2011, all miles earned through credit card spending counted towards American Airlines Million Miler status while the miles earned from the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card counted through 2012. Since then, only miles earned by flying (better known as "butt-in-seat" miles) have qualified to move the needle in the Million Miler program...until now.
Every now and again American Airlines offers a bonus for converting hotel points into AAdvantage Miles, and right now there's a promotion running in which anyone with a World of Hyatt balance can transfer their points into the AAdvantage program and receive a 25% bonus on top of the points that are normally on offer. For most people, this remains a less than tempting proposition but it may still be useful for some.
Around the beginning of this month, American Airlines launched the best mileage sale I've ever seen the airline offer and I was sorely tempted to dive in and load up (I didn't). Now, just days after the last sale ended, American is back with another sale and I'm here to suggest you stay well away.
American Airlines has now joined Delta, United and Alaska Airlines in announcing status extensions for its elite members and, just like its competitors, American used the status extension announcement to reveal a few more moves that it's taking. From a customer perspective, some are good, some are bad and some are utterly pointless.
Back in 2017 American Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced some significant negative changes to their partnership and it was only October last year that American Airlines removed Alaska Airlines from its list of award partners...but that was then and this is now.
Now that American and Alaska are playing nicely together again both airlines are offering significantly improved reciprocal mileage earnings on each other's flights - flyers can now earn and redeem Alaska miles on all American Airlines flights and they can earn and redeem American Airlines AAdvantage miles on all Alaska Airlines flights.
Etihad has launched the best deal on miles that I have ever seen the airline offer and because Etihad Guest miles can be used to book American Airlines awards at a lower mileage cost than American prices its awards, this sale can be a fantastic way to fly in American Airlines' First or Business Class cabin at a significant discount.
Airlines are looking for any means by which to raise cash right now and American Airlines is attempting to swell its coffers by offering flyers the opportunity to buy AAdvantage Miles at the lowest rate I think I've ever seen.
With a substantial percentage of the population being advised to stay home as much as possible there's a very good chance that a lot of people are doing even more online shopping than ever before so, if that's the position you find yourself in, why not earn some easy (and free) miles while you shop?