One of American’s lesser known offerings is their Business ExtrAA program, whereby you can register your business and accrue additional points above what you’d usually earn. It’s basically intended to be a rewards program for small businesses, and can be a great way to rack up additional benefits for free.
They’re even running a pretty spiffy promotion right now, which might be targeted, whereby you earn 5,000 bonus AAdvanage miles if you register for Business ExtrAA and take a roundtrip flight by March 31, 2013. Furthermore, they’re offering 2,000 bonus Business ExtrAA points if you spend $3,000 on American between now and March 31, 2013 (see below for what that can get you). To be eligible you have to enroll using referral code SME4Q12. Now, the terms of the promotion do say the following:
This offer is available only to the recipients of the email sent by American Airlines to select AAdvantage® members and is valid from December 7, 2012 through March 31, 2013. Promotional bonus points available for new Business ExtrAA customers only; bonus is available one time per customer only.
So while it’s technically probably targeted, in practice I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone signing up for a new account with that promotion code were eligible. At the end of the day joining Business ExtrAA costs nothing, so there’s no reason not to do it.
The Business ExtrAA application process takes only a few minutes, and you just have to enter some basic information about your company.
On aa.com you can add/change your Business ExtrAA number under the “Reservation Preferences” tab.
So what can you redeem Business ExtrAA award points for? You can find the full list of rewards here. As you can see you can redeem them for anything from Admirals Club memberships (3,000 points) to AAdvantage Gold status (2,400 points) to airlines tickets to upgrades.
Again, I can’t guarantee everyone will be eligible for the promotion, though there’s no reason to wait on signing up if you haven’t already, as it’s a great way to rack up extra points without giving anything up.
(Tip of the hat to Jeremy)