Earning and Accumulating American AAdvantage Miles









Below, I outline the main ways in which to earn and accumulate American AAdvantage miles?

1. Fly American, or oneworld Airline Participants, or additional airline participants 

Award miles earned from flying are calculated to reward you when you spend more. When traveling on flights marketed by American, you’ll earn miles based on the price paid for your ticket and if you have AA elite status; the higher your status, the more you’ll earn. The breakdown is as follows:

5 miles/U.S. dollar – AAdvantage member
7 miles/U.S. dollar – Gold
8 miles/U.S. dollar – Platinum
11 miles/U.S. dollar – Executive Platinum

2. Use an American Airlines AAdvantage credit card.

Read about some of these cards, namely the Citi/ AAdvantage Gold MasterCard, the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard, the CitiBusiness/AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard and the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card.

When you use these cards you earn American AAdvantage miles for each $1 spent.  In some case, you earn bonus miles on AA tickets purchased directly from the airline and generally 1 AA mile per $1 on all other purchases.  Also, depending on the card, there are BONUS POINTS offers if you meet minimum spend requirements.

3.  Earn Miles for Using Miles

With certain AA credit cards, earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year.  Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard is a card that offers this feature.

4.  Transfer Starpoints to your AA Advantage account

Starwood Preferred Guests can transfer up to 79,999 of their Starpoints per transaction per program within a 24-hour period to their American Airlines AAdvantage account at a 1:1 ratio.  In addition, for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred within the same transaction, Starwood will automatically add another 5,000 Starpoints! This means that up to 94,999 Starpoints can be transferred into your frequent flyer account.  (15,000 points transferred for the first 60,000 of the 79,999). Note, unlike some of the other programs in which you can transfer points to airlines, points transfers through SPG are not instantaneous.

5.  Shop through the American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping site

Shopping portals are a great place to rack up extra miles, you earn miles while you shop.

6. Earn AA miles at participant hotels, participant rental car companies.  Also earn AA miles when booking vacation packages and cruises through the AA website.

7.  More Ways To Earn