Sunday - Jan 20, 2019

Buy AA Miles at 1.8 Cents/Mile – Great Promotion Before Devaluation

American Airlines is trying to give a big push to its financial numbers before the end of the year.

Through Jan 04, 2016, you can get up to 115,000 bonus miles when you buy AA miles. The number of bonus miles depends on the number of miles you purchase.



To earn the full 115,000 bonus miles, you need to buy the maximum 150,000 AAdvantage miles. You will pay $4,786.88 for 265,000 miles (includes 115,000 bonus miles ) This equates to  about 1.8 cents/mile.



This promotion is best of all the recent promotions offered by AA.  With previous promotion, you could buy at 2 cents/mile, 2.103 cents/mile2.008 cents/mile and 2.09 cents/mile.

265,000 miles is almost enough for 2 round trip business class between USA and India.


How to use AAdvantage miles for travel to India?

Etihad Airways, British Airways & Qatar Airways awards can be booked using AAdvantage miles. To travel to India on an award ticket, here is what you need as long as the ticket is booked prior to Mar 22, 2016.

  • 45K miles for a one way economy award
  • 67.5K miles for a one way Business award
  • 90K miles for a one way first class award


But British Airways adds fuel surcharges, award availability with Qatar can be a challenge, especially in premium cabins in the near future. Etihad Airways tend to release good amount of award availability (even when the travel date is closer).

You can also book Cathay Pacific awards, however it needs two separate awards as per the rules of AAdvantage for traveling to India on trans-pacific routes, which means you need 57,500 miles for a one-way economy and 85,000 miles for a one-way business class award to India.

If you buy miles during this promotion, for a First class award to India, you need to buy 90,000 miles and will cost you $1,932.75 plus taxes & fees.




for a Business class award to India, you need to buy 67,500 miles and will cost you $1,457.06 + plus taxes & fees.


It does not make sense to make buy miles for an economy award (revenue ticket earns miles and are not subject to availability)

Business class and First class awards are costlier than economy fare. But, if you already have a few miles in your AAdvantage account – the math may be in your favor.



  • American Airlines will let you hold award tickets
    • Hold for 5 days when you book 15 – 330 days before departure
    • Hold for 1 day when you book 1 – 14 days before departure
    • Hold up to 2 hours before departure when you book within 24 hours of departure
  • You can hold the award ticket (if available) and then buy miles – Miles will post immediately  after your payment is authorized.
  • If you need to travel from Los Angeles, but found an award from SFO, You can connect through American Airlines from Los Angeles to San Francisco and then on to Etihad flight for the same amount of miles.



  • Miles purchase transactions are nonrefundable and non reversible
  • You cannot earn miles on award tickets.
  • AAdvantage account must be at least 30 days old to buy miles
  • If you purchased miles in 2015, you will not be able to buy 150,000 miles which triggers the 115,000 bonus miles.
  • Check round trip prices and do the math, before deciding the plan.
  • Include the taxes & fees in your evaluation. A round trip award to India would cost you approximately $60 USD for an award ticket with Etihad. (BA taxes & fees are higher)




Through Jan 04, 2016, you can get up to 115,000 bonus miles when you buy AA miles. You need to purchase the maximum available 150,000 miles for the 115,000 bonus miles.

If you plan to buy miles during this promotion, do make sure to have a plan to redeem them before the AA miles devaluation.

You can use our complimentary award travel booking service to find the award seats for you.


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