013: American Airlines/Advantage

Booking award trips with American Airlines points is really easy!

Sign up for there AAdvantage Loyalty program HERE

Here is how to redeem points for travel on American Airlines and it’s partners:

Start at www.aa.com – home page for American Airlines.

Click on AAdvantage top right which will give you a drop down menu

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Select Redeem Miles

Scroll down to Book now

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Enter in your information

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Select flexible dates to see the best values (Economy Mile SAAver Awards)

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Once your flight(s) are selected you will be prompted to sign in. Don’t worry, you haven’t committed to anything just yet, just get in there and start looking around.

Here is how to earn points for travel on American Airlines (and it’s partners):

Citi is offers an AAdvantage Platinum Select Card:

Just think what you can do with AA points

I like to stretch my miles with American Airlines so I usually go for the ‘MileSAAver awards level 1 (Off-Peak)’ it has the following date restrictions but requires the least amount of points.

■Hawaii: January 12 – March 13, August 22 – December 15: 35,000 points round trip

■The Caribbean and Mexico: September 7 – November 14: 25,000 points round trip

■Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela: January 16 – June 14, September 7 – November 14: 30,000 points round trip

■Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay: March 1 – May  31, August 16 – November 30: 40,000 points round trip

■Europe: October 15 – May 15; Japan and South Korea: October 1 – April 30 40,000 – 50,000 points round trip

Here is the award chart for all 5 categories (points are for one way travel)

What you should know about American Airlines:

  • They allow one way bookings which means you can fly into one airport, but leave from another. So fly into London, stay a few days (it’s a great city), then take the 2.5 hour train ride to Paris (we are planning on it) hang out there for a bit, then fly home from there. Or, fly into Shannon airport, explore Ireland and then fly out of Dublin. It’s a great perk that many other airlines do not offer.
  • If you fly American Airlines metal they do not charge fuel surcharges (unlike some of their partner flights)

Don’t hesitate, credit card offers can end at any time.


2 responses to “013: American Airlines/Advantage

  1. Hey Leigh.

    FYI – the merging of points/miles from the Dividend Miles to the Aadvantage program is due to happen at the end of the 2nd quarter 2015.


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