Update: This promotion seems to be targeted, so you can try registering now, or otherwise keep an eye on your email, as you may be invited register at a later point.
American has just launched a promotion offering bonus miles for travel to Asia, which is somewhat similar to the promotion they offered this spring. While I’m not sure this promotion is worth switching airlines over, it’s actually reasonably lucrative.
Through this promotion you can earn up to 60,000 bonus miles after two roundtrip flights, depending on your fare class. Here are the basic details:
- Registration is required between October 16, 2017, and March 15, 2018, using promotion code ASF17
- Valid for flights booked and taken between October 16, 2017, and March 15, 2018
- Valid for nonstop travel to Beijing, Hong Kong, Osaka, Shanghai, Tokyo Haneda, and Tokyo Narita, on American marketed flights operated by either American or Japan Airlines
The number of bonus miles you earn is dependent on the type of fare you book, as follows:
As you can see, a roundtrip first class ticket earns 30,000 bonus miles, a roundtrip business class ticket earns 20,000 bonus miles, a roundtrip full fare economy or premium economy ticket earns 15,000 miles, and then select discounted economy tickets earn 5,000 bonus miles.
Those select discount economy tickets includes fares booked in H, K, M, L, V, G, Q, N, O or S, which should cover a vast majority of fares.
American has some attractive fares between the US and Asia, especially in winter, so you could potentially score a deal here. For example, they have some ~$2,000 roundtrip tickets to Beijing, so picking up an extra 20,000 miles on one of these fares is a good opportunity. Not that it’s quite a mileage run or anything, but there’s at least some value to be had if you’re planning such a trip anyway.
Here are the full terms of the promotion:
AAdvantage® bonus mileage offer is only valid for travel on American Airlines marketed nonstop flights (operated by either American or Japan Airlines) between Los Angeles (LAX) and Shanghai (PVG), Hong Kong (HKG), Tokyo Narita (NRT), Tokyo Haneda (HND), Osaka (KIX) or Beijing (PEK); Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Hong Kong (HKG), Tokyo Narita (NRT), Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (PVG) or Seoul (ICN); Chicago (ORD) and Tokyo Narita (NRT), Beijing (PEK) or Shanghai (PVG); New York Kennedy (JFK) and Tokyo Narita (NRT)or Tokyo Haneda (HND); Boston (BOS) and Tokyo Narita (NRT); San Diego(SAN) and Tokyo Narita(NRT); San Francisco (SFO) and Tokyo Haneda (HND); Vancouver (YVR) and Tokyo Narita (NRT). Flights marketed and or operated by other codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion.
Offer applies only to AAdvantage® members who receive an email from American and register, buy and fly on eligible published-fare tickets October 16, 2017 – March 15, 2018. Tickets bought before October 16, 2017 or after March 15, 2018, and any flights flown December 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018, will not be eligible to earn bonus miles for this promotion.
Includes First Class fares booked in F or A; Business Class fares booked in J, R, D or I; Full-Fare or Premium Economy Class fares booked in W, P or Y; Select Economy Class fares booked in H, K, M, L, V, G, Q, N, O or S on American marketed flights.
Bonus miles will be calculated and awarded based on the booking class bought and the number of trips taken in a specific cabin. Bonus miles can only be earned for a maximum of 2 round trips and half the round-trip bonus will be posted after each eligible 1-way segment. Bonus miles don’t count toward elite status qualification or AAdvantage® Million Miler status. Registration prior to travel is required using Promotion Code ASF17 at www.aa.com/offers.
While American has offered bonus miles promotions to Asia a few times now, this is significantly more generous than the previous promotions, as they’re offering at least double as many bonus miles as they offered during the last few promotions. If you happen to be flying to Asia during the promotion period (which spans about five months), then taking advantage of this is a no brainer.
Of course even these bonus miles don’t make up for American’s huge cuts to AAdvantage last year, now that redeemable miles are awarded based on how much you spend rather than how much you fly.
Will you benefit from American’s promotion offering bonus miles on flights to Asia?