American Offering Transcon Bonus AAdvantage Miles

In January of 2014, American will begin service with their new A321 transcontinental fleet, which will initially fly between New York and Los Angeles, and then between New York and San Francisco. These new A321s will feature reverse herringbone suites in first class, and fully flat beds in business class, making American the only airline that will continue to offer three cabin service on transcontinental routes.

American’s first A321s will go into service on January 7, 2014, initially operating two flights daily. By January 15, 2014, they’ll be offering five daily A321 frequencies, and by January 31, 2014, six of the nine daily frequencies will be operated by A321s.

To celebrate the new aircraft, American is offering up to 15,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for travel between New York and Los Angeles between January 7 and March 31, 2014. You earn 15,000 bonus miles per roundtrip in paid first/business class, 10,000 bonus miles per roundtrip in paid full fare economy class, and 5,000 bonus miles on most discounted economy fares, excluding the “O” and “Q” fare buckets. One-way tickets are eligible for half of the bonus. In order to qualify the flight has to be operated and marketed by American. All nonstop travel between New York and Los Angeles is eligible for the bonus, even if the flight is operated by a 767-200.


Registration is required prior to travel using promotion code TR15K. Best I can tell you can earn the bonus miles even if your origin and destination aren’t Los Angeles and/or New York. That means, for example, if you purchase a ticket from Seattle to Los Angeles to New York, you should still be eligible for the bonus miles between Los Angeles and New York.

The full terms read as follows:

AAdvantage bonus mile offer is valid for round-trip travel on American Airlines marketed and operated nonstop flights between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles from January 7, 2014, through March 31, 2014. Half the bonus shown will be awarded for one-way travel. Offer applies only to AAdvantage members who purchase and fly on eligible published fare tickets (excludes fares beginning with O and Q). Bonus miles will be awarded based on the booking class purchased. Registration prior to travel is required.

(Tip of the hat to AAdvantageGeek)


  1. Cool, we’ve got a paid J segment (already upgraded to F w SWUs) LAX-JFK on Jan 10. Nice to pick up a free 15,000 miles!

  2. Literally just booked a roundtrip 2 days ago for a feb trip. If I booked one way in Q, and the other in S, do you think I’d qualify for half (a la one-way gets half)?

  3. @ Lucky – I wonder if you could help me with this question:

    If I use Alaska miles to fly from MCO to SIN, will I be able to I fly AA from MCO to LAX (with a couple of days stop in LA), then fly Cathay Pacific from LAX all the way to SIN, if yes, how many miles will I need for each way (MCO-LAX-SIN)?


  4. P.S. It should be how many miles will I need for each way (MCO-LAX-SIN) in Business and in First cabin.

  5. @ Terry — Unfortunately not. Alaska doesn’t let you mix partner airlines on an award, so you’d either have to book that as two awards, or fly Alaska Airlines to your international gateway.

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