American extends double miles promotion in select markets through June 30, 2012!

Since last October American has been running a double miles promotion (both redeemable and elite qualifying) for roundtrip travel between Chicago/Dallas and Los Angeles/San Francisco. I suspect they’re doing this mainly to try and “stick it” to Virgin America since they entered those markets. Only those with AAdvantage accounts with addresses registered in California, Illinois, and Texas are eligible for the promotion.

The promotion was set to expire on March 31, 2012, though it seems like American has decided to extend the promotion through June 30, 2012. Not only that, but they’ve also added double miles for nonstop travel between Chicago and Orange County.

These segments can be part of a larger itinerary, though the key is that you’re flying those routes nonstop and roundtrip. Anyway, registration is required if you haven’t done so already.

This promotion is a great way to earn status with American quickly, assuming you have an address registered in one of those three states. While American isn’t running a systemwide double elite qualifying miles promotion as they were earlier in the year, here’s a write up of the benefits of mileage running for status.

(Tip of the hat to Mommy Points)


  1. Just as I was researching doing a my first mile run on UA. I see this post, so I am sticking to AA!

    When you say in your post “These segments can be part of a larger itinerary”. Can you clarify that a bit? Can I fly out of lax, to say MIA, TPA, JFK, EWK, by way of ORD and qualify for this promo?


  2. @ Seth — That’s exactly correct. If you book Los Angeles to Tampa via Chicago both ways, you’d earn double elite qualifying and redeemable miles for the segments between Los Angeles and Chicago. Make sense? 🙂

  3. The Chicago/Dallas isn’t there anymore 🙁 Bummer as I have a trip coming up in a few months.

  4. So lets say im trying to book roundtrip ORD-BNE. Since there is no direct flight so i pick ORD-LAX-BNE. Will the double elite miles post for the ORD-LAX segments?

  5. @ Varun — Yes, you would earn double miles for those segments between ORD and LAX assuming you have an address registered in one of those states.

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