American offering bonus on the purchase of AAdvantage miles through October 31, 2012

Through October 31, 2012, American is offering tiered bonuses on the purchase of AAdvantage miles, as follows:

As you can see above, the bonuses vary based on the number of miles purchased, with a maximum of 10,000 bonus AAdvantage miles when you purchase 36,000-40,000 AAdvantage miles.

Crunching the numbers, through this promotion you can purchase a maximum of 50,000 AAdvantage miles (40,000 base miles plus 10,000 bonus miles) at a cost of $1,212.50, for a total of ~2.4 cents per point.

That’s definitely not a rate at which I’d outright purchase miles unless I was topping off an account for an award ticket. But if you were going to buy miles anyway or had a specific redemption in mind, this is definitely better than the standard offer. If you’re just looking to “invest” in some miles, US Airways’ current “share miles” promotion is much more compelling.


  1. You can lower it a little by just buying 36000 miles for 990$ which brings the costs per mile for the total of 46000 miles down to abotu 2.15 cents per mile.

  2. Not great deal by any means but $2400 for a J ticket from US-Europe with a potential open jaw and stopover in each direction is still a much better price than the average J ticket to Europe.

  3. lucky, am i correct to assume that if already purchased 40K AA miles earlier this year (through a better promotion), I wouldn’t be qualify for this promotion correct?

  4. I don’t understand the different Letters for the tickets. What are we looking at when we are booking the flights.

    I’m from Battle Ground Washington originally I would love to live in the Great Northwest again.. and as Bellevue is considered the Suburbs (Yikes the Commute) I think it will be beautiful depending that is where your moving from. I know your young. What’s your day job.

    I also have a question. My girlfriend and I are Going to Thailand Not next summer but the summer after. We want to Stop in Japan on the way there for a few days then Travel all over Thailand and then Stop someplace else on the way back or however many stops we can make for a few days each so we get the most of our Tickets. Can you give me the best (in your opinion) programs that we should be involved with so we can make this trip for as little as possible and fly business and first and stay in Free hotels where available. Thanks

  5. Actually buying 36,000 miles will cost you 2.378 cents/mile ($1,094.25). You have to pay 7.5% sales tax and a $30 transaction fee in addition to the base price of $990.

  6. @ Carla — Since American doesn’t allow stopovers enroute (except at the North American gateway) on partner awards, I’d focus on a different program. I’d say you’re best off booking through United, as they allow a free stopvoer and their partners have great coverage to Tokyo and Bangkok. As a result you’ll want to earn as many United and Ultimate Rewards points (though Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Bold, etc.) as possible.

  7. Hi,

    Do you know if the AAdvantage account needs to be opened for x days before they can take up this offer? (can brand new accounts now opened take up this offer?).

    The t+c dont mention it.


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