While the deals aren’t especially compelling, American has consistently been running sales on AAdvantage miles for the better part of a year now, and this month is no exception. Through January 31, 2013, they’re offering tiered bonuses on the purchase of AAdvantage miles, up to 15,000.

The bonus structure is as follows:

While you can purchase up to 60,000 AAdvantage miles per calendar year, you’d get the best cent per mile ratio through this promotion by purchasing 40,000 AAdvantage miles (and receiving 15,000 bonus AAdvantage miles) at a cost of $1,217.50.

That’s ~2.2 cents per AAdvantage mile, not a rate at which I’d outright buy miles, though it’s not a bad deal for topping off an account either.

  1. January 4th, 2013 at 6:38 am

    MileageUpdate said,

    Its a lot cheaper to get them at .0064 per mile via the SPG Amex using beans.

  2. January 4th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Rick said,

    Hi @MileageUpdate, could you elaborate on the SPG strategy for buying miles at $0.0064 per mile ? Thanks

  3. January 4th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    MileageUpdate said,

    VR w SPG Amex equals out to .0064

  4. January 4th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Rick said,


  5. January 4th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Andrew said,

    Or you can buy united miles at $0.00158 per mile with ink > OD > VR

  6. January 4th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Andrew said,

    sorry I meant 0.00316 / mile

  7. January 4th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    MileageUpdate said,

    The only hook is that you are capped at 250k a yr where as w AA u could mint as many as you could get your hands on.

  8. January 4th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    thewhitezone said,

    what are beans?

  9. January 4th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    MileageUpdate said,


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