I sat down to reconcile my BusinessExtrAA earnings against my flights for the first two months (the March flights aren’t posted yet) and once again there’s about a 66% success rate. I had to go back and claim points for several missing itineraries for three ticket numbers spanning more than a dozen segments.
Because I almost always buy deep-discount fares I don’t earn a lot to BusinessExtrAA points (since the program is revenue based). I do, however, find good use for them: I used them to give my dad a year of AAdvantage Gold status for this year. He and my mom are traveling more this year, including an overseas trip, so having status saves them on things like baggage fees and gets them Priority Access so they can board earlier.
Being Austin-based I used to earn double the BusinessExtrAA points, a perk for fliers not based in DFW or MIA, but that has recently changed to make the program more equitable: starting April 1, American Airlines now awards 2 points per $10 of base fare to everyone (not just those based outside of DFW/MIA, who only got 1 point per $10 prior to this). It takes a while to earn awards and upgrades flying “on the cheap,” and BE points expire (unlike AAdvantage miles) so you have to use them on a rolling basis… but it’s another program that’s worth having even if it is only for the infrequent extra perk.
Note: BusinessExtrAA requires registering your business information with American Airlines – it’s not a personal program. While little documentation is required up front, American wouldn’t be out of line to request it if they needed. The perks of this program are *not* worth lying or cheating to obtain and if you do you risk losing them all.