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Just a quick update to say that if you got the American Airlines credit card with the amazing (given the card is free) 35,000 American Airlines miles sign-up bonus, your miles should post OK.

My first statement month just ended.  I spent the necessary £5,000 to trigger the full bonus by pre-paying my July tax bill.

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And my statement shows:

    AMEX MILES | 836        
    VISA MILES | 3,264        
    BONUS MILES | 35,000        
    ADJUSTED MILES | 0        
    TOTAL MILES | 39,100 

Which is nice.

Hopefully they will arrive safely at my AA account over the next day or so.

The card is still open for applications for this bonus until 31st May.  Remember that you need to spend £5,000 within 6 months to trigger the full bonus, though.

Now I need to hope that award space opens up for a New York to London day in July.  I am currently booked on BA via Avios with a chunky taxes bill, whilst an AA rebooking would see the taxes fall to almost nothing.

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards (November 2022)

American Airlines no longer has its own UK credit card.

There is, however, still a way to earn American Airlines miles from a UK credit card

The route is via Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty points convert to American Airlines miles at the rate of 3:1.

The best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is via the official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. It comes with 20,000 points for signing up and 2 points for every £1 you spend. At 2 Bonvoy points per £1, you are earning (at 3:1) 0.66 American Airlines miles per £1 spent on the card.

You can apply here.

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Comments (52)

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  • mrtibbs1999 says:

    My card came the other day. This is an awesome redemtion opportunity, There are 2 of us and with the AA MBNA card and my AMEX MR Points, I have 60k AA points coming.

    My current plan is.

    Air Berlin TXL-AUH, Business class 50k AVIOS plus 50 quid for 2 adults.
    AUH to MAN Etihad business or first. What do you think about paying $400 for the 20k AA points needed to take first?

    • Rob says:

      Your hand may be forced by availability. Do check if MAN has the latest Etihad seats as it is a secondary market.

  • Maciek Wojcik says:

    Did you have to link your AAdvantage account to the credit card account? In the application form they doesn’t ask for your AAdvantage number if I remember correctly.

    • Rob says:

      No, they find it automatically

    • Flashware says:

      Mine was found automatically without issue. I did call MBNA and confirm the first day the card was active though 🙂

  • James67 says:

    Might be a better chance on their new Dublin service with a connection.

  • Simon says:

    Is it definitely 6 months for the £5k spend too trigger the bonus? I thought the original information said 3 months.

    • Greenpen says:

      From the offer:

      As a new cardholder you will earn 5,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles when you make your first card purchase within the first 90 days of opening your account. If you spend £1,500 within the first 90 days you can earn an additional 10,000 miles. Better still, spend a minimum of £5,000 within the first 180 days and you’ll earn a staggering 20,000 AAdvantage bonus miles.

      The £1500 and £5000 are not sparate, ie, if you spend the £1500 then the next bonus is triggered when you spend a further £3500.

      • Rob says:

        What is not clear, I admit, is what happens if you don’t hit £1500 in 90 days but do hit £5000 in 180 days. The wording implies you stuill get the full bonus.

  • Michael P says:

    Hi Raffles
    Please remind me how you pre paid £5000 of your July HMRC bill with it? I unfortunately have a larger tax bill to pay so might come in handy!

    Secondly if font have an AA Feequent flyer account do they automatically set one up?


    • Rob says:

      You can prepay the Inland Revenue at any point via the BillPay system (google Inland Revenue Billpay) for self assessment, corporation tax, your nannys PAYE etc!

      They take MasterCard and Visa for a 1.4 per cent fee, which was worth paying (for me) because I want the AA miles now for a possible redemption in July.

      • Flashware says:

        Obviously a way around that is the 3V Visa Debit cards…..

        • Rob says:

          Good luck finding that many! I have bought a few of the cards with the £4 fee, but only because Tesco sent me a pile of ‘£3 off £30’ coupons. I am therefore paying a £1 fee which is a decent deal.

      • AM says:

        Can I pay my own PAYE? Or will I double pay (my employer will pay that for me) and then I will get a refund?

        • Rob says:

          No, sadly not. Technically, though, if you have an online account with the Inland Revenue, you can just pay random sums of money into it. You do not need to have an outstanding tax bill. Some people do this to pay bills in instalments in advance of receiving them, for budgeting purposes.

          In theory, in a few months, you could ring the Revenue and ask for a refund. These are always paid by BACS or cheque.

          I don’t mess about with the Revenue, though. Best to keep them onside ….

    • Rob says:

      AA – yes, they will open an account. However, I do NOT recommend this as you will spend ages on the phone to MBNA trying to get the number and password. FAR easier to DIY so you have the details already.

      • Alan says:

        Am hoping that works – I phoned and gave them my existing AA a/c number, waiting to see if the points show up there correctly!

      • M says:

        I thought they’ll just open a new account once we are accepted. Is it worth opening one now when already have the cards?

  • Flashware says:

    So it looks also like there is no issues with Visa spend counting towards, that’s great to hear. I’m £1k short of the £5k, but should hit it next month along with the nice easy £750 for the HH Plat Visa 😉

  • simon says:

    Just a quick one for you guys – I am looking to get to LA with AA – if I fly on AA metal what’s it likely to cost me in actual £ after using my miles? – hoping to fly business but its probably going to be economy.

    • Rob says:

      Do a dummy booking on the AA website, you don’t need to have the miles available to price it up.

      Remember to pick AA flights and not aBA ones, as BA ones have a fuel surcharge. Should be around £100 of tax at a guess for an AA return in Economy, possibly £150. BA would be nearer £400.

  • Dan says:

    Held this card and cancelled about 9 months ago. Applied for this offer and received the 1st bonus a few days ago.

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