In case you’ve been eying one of these flights, American is offering bonus miles for travel to Australia and New Zealand early next year. The basic terms are as follows:
- You must register (using promotion code SPF16) and book between October 21 and December 31, 2016
- You must travel between February 1 and May 31, 2017
If you meet those criteria, you can earn the following number of bonus miles per one-way trip (meaning for a roundtrip you’d earn both the first and second bonuses):
The following fare classes are eligible for this promotion:
- First Class fares booked in F, P, or A
- Business Class fares booked in, J, R, D or I
- Economy Class fares booked in Y, H, K, M, L, W, V, G, Q, N, O or S
This promotion isn’t a reason to book a paid ticket on American over another carrier, though if you’re planning a trip anyway then you might as well register. You can basically earn 4,000 bonus miles for a roundtrip economy ticket (assuming you’re in an eligible fare class), 12,500 bonus miles for a roundtrip business class ticket, and 25,000 bonus miles for a roundtrip first class ticket.
The one aspect of the promotion I’m a bit disappointed by is the requirement to book during a specific period. While I realize the goal is to incentivize incremental business, it doesn’t seem smart to punish those who booked further in advance.
American’s 777-300ER business class, available between Los Angeles and Sydney
You might as well register for this promotion if you plan to book a ticket on American between the US and South Pacific early next year. I wouldn’t make my decision whether or not to fly American based on this promotion, though it’s a nice added bonus if you happen to be flying anyway.
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)