American will be launching flights between Los Angeles and Sydney as of December 17, 2015. American will operate a Boeing 777-300ER on the route, which is their flagship aircraft, featuring first, business, and economy class. This is exciting news for American flyers, as it marks American’s first flight between the US and Australia.
Furthermore, American is expanding their partnership with Qantas and launching a joint venture, so there’s the potential for more growth for American in the region (rumor has it that they’ll be launching flights to Auckland soon as well).
Anyway, to celebrate the new flight, American is offering up to 90,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for travel to Australia.
The promotion is valid for travel between February 1 and May 31, 2016 (interestingly the first couple of months of service aren’t eligible, but I guess that’s not surprising since they can presumably fill the plane over peak season anyway).
Through this promotion you can earn bonus miles for up to three roundtrips, as follows:
- First class & business class fares (F, A, P, J, R, D or I) earn 30,000 bonus miles
- Premium economy & select economy fares (W, Y, B, or H) earn 15,000 bonus miles
- All other economy fares (K, M, L, W, V, G, Q, N, O or S) earn 5,000 bonus miles
While this promotion is valid both for travel on American and Qantas, the flight does need to be marketed by American to be eligible for the promotion (in other words, an American codeshare on Qantas metal would qualify, while a Qantas codeshare on American metal wouldn’t). The above number of miles are earned for roundtrip travel, though one-way travel is eligible for half the bonus miles.
Registration is required prior to travel using promotion code AUS16.
The full terms of the promotion are as follows:
AAdvantage bonus mile offer is valid only on American Airlines marketed nonstop flights between the U.S. /Canada and Australia, February 1, through May 31, 2016. Only flights marketed by American Airlines and operated by American Airlines or Qantas Airways are eligible for this promotion. Offer applies only to AAdvantage members who purchase and fly on eligible published-fare tickets. Bonus miles will be calculated and awarded based on the number of trips flown in a specific booking class. The bonus can only be earned for a maximum of three round-trips. Half the round-trip bonus will be posted after each eligible one way segment. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or AAdvantage Million Miler status. Registration prior to travel is required using Promotion Code AUS16 at www.aa.com/offers.
If you’re traveling to Australia anyway, this is definitely worth taking advantage of. It’s nice that American is offering 5,000 bonus miles even for travel in discounted economy, as many promotions exclude those fares.
That being said, fares to Australia do tend to be pretty high, especially in first & business class. So I doubt this bonus will play a large role in someone choosing whether or not to book a paid ticket to Australia.
Still, it’s a nice bonus, and I’m quite excited about American’s new route! I hope to redeem some systemwide upgrades on the new flight, though the thought of that upgrade not clearing is sort of scary.
(Tip of the hat to Frequent Flyer Bonuses)