A couple of weeks ago American unveiled a promotion offering bonus miles for travel between New York and Los Angeles. They’re running this promotion to celebrate their new three cabin Airbus A321s, which will be operating their premium transcontinental routes as of January. Through this promotion they’re offering 5,000-15,000 bonus AAdvantage miles per roundtrip.
Not surprisingly United has matched this promotion, and actually one upped them (in a way) by also offering bonus miles between New York and San Francisco. United is offering bonus miles in the following increments:
In terms of fare classes, the following fares qualify:
BusinessFirst: J, C, D, Z, P
Full-fare Economy: Y, B
Discount Economy: M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S
United’s promotion is valid for nonstop travel between New York and Los Angeles/San Francisco, for travel between January 7 and March 31, 2014. The added restriction is that only tickets purchased between December 16, 2013 and March 31, 2014 qualify (American’s promotion has no ticketing date requirements). One-way trips are eligible for half of the bonuses, and there’s no limit to the number of miles you can earn through this promotion. Bonus miles will post six to eight weeks upon the completion of the promotion.
Registration is required using promotion code 59062.
While this probably won’t drive much business to either carrier due to the fare requirements, it sure is nice to get some extra miles if you’d already travel the above routes in eligible fare classes.