American Offering Bonus Miles For Travel To Australia & New Zealand

Within the past year American has started service from Los Angeles to both Sydney and Auckland, as part of their joint venture with Qantas.

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American’s 787, which they fly between Los Angeles and Auckland

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):

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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.

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American’s 777-300ER business class, available between Los Angeles and Sydney

Bottom line

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)

Comments

  1. The promotion T&C doesn’t state ’round trip’. AA’s language is a bit confusing: On AA’s site the headline offer states ‘TO’ Aust. N.Z.., ergo the bonus based on one-way segments. But then in the ‘How to Earn’ paragraph it states ‘BETWEEN’ U.S. and Aust./N.Z. Meaning one would be confused in thinking that the bonus is only offered for the one-way flight segment TO Aust./N.Z. Who hires the people to write these promotions.

  2. Very impressed with AA on my last trip to the US. As a Qantas FF the levels of service are comparable. The 777 is not as quiet at the A380 but overall a great experience

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