American offering double miles (elite qualifying and redeemable) between LAX/SFO and ORD

American is offering double elite qualifying and redeemable miles between Chicago and Los Angeles and Chicago and San Francisco for travel booked and flown between May 6 and August 31, 2011. Unfortunately the promotion is only valid for those with AAdvantage addresses registered in Illinois and California. Registration is required prior to travel using code DECSL.

It seems that you should be able to include this as part of a larger itinerary. In other words, I could book Tampa to Chicago to Los Angeles and back and qualify for the segments between Chicago and Los Angeles, though sadly my address is registered in Florida. I would change my address, except I’ll be earning double elite qualifying miles between Miami and London next month for having an address registered in Florida.

American is also offering double elite qualifying miles between Dallas and San Francisco and Dallas and Los Angeles through August 31, only for residents of Texas and California.

Am I the only one that’s dreaming of the good old days of double elite qualifying miles promotions with no strings attached?

Comments

  1. As someone who lives a 1/4 mile on the NV side of the NV/CA border, this is particularly annoying.

  2. AA has $209ai fares LAX-ORD so that’s 6980 miles at 2.94cpm for eqm and for explats thats 10,900 redeemables at 1.74cpm

  3. Living in Chicago, I’m hoping UA matches this move. And yes, I miss the good old days of DEQM with no strings attached.

  4. “It seems that you should be able to include this as part of a larger itinerary.”

    Any confirmation of this anywhere?

  5. I’m also concerned about this:

    “It seems that you should be able to include this as part of a larger itinerary.”

    Any official confirmation? Thanks!

  6. @ Gene — The T&Cs seem the same as the DFW double miles promotion, where everyone agreed that flights that are part of a larger itinerary would qualify.

  7. @SvP — Unfortunately it seems only flights booked AFTER May 6 would count. We’ll see.

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