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39,000 American Airlines miles post promptly from my MBNA card

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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.

American Airlines

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 December 2023)

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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  • Blackberryaddict says:

    I also go the statement and bonus miles – although I’ve just checked my AA account, and the miles aren’t there yet.

    • Flashware says:

      Normally takes a few days to post.

    • Flashware says:

      My points have posted.

      • flibbly says:

        Mine posted within a couple of days (although I still need to spend another £1100 this month to complete the bonus).

        I also noticed that BA flights booked via appear to count as AA flights for the 0% offer. There is an offer on this card to et 0% APR on any AA flights bought online via the AA website. I bought a BA flight via the BA website and there is a little icon next to that purchase on the statement indicating its interest free. I’m going to pay that off though and put another BA flight on this month to take me over the 5K spend. I will then probably enjoy the 0% APR on that one, once I don’t need to spend any more on the card.

  • iantowns says:

    I’ve had my AAdvantage Card sine 1997 (through various providers; RBS, citi, MBNA, etc) and I can honestly say I’ve never had a single issue with miles and bonuses not posting. They’re the best there is, as simple as that.

  • Tom says:

    Finally signed up for this deal..instant acceptance is amazing. I have never ever had that online for a card..props to MBNA!

    • Louie says:

      Same here. I had assumed being self-employed was the reason I’d never been accepted instantly before (and hubby didn’t get instant acceptance last month and he is self-employed too) but it seems not.

  • Phil says:

    V impressed. Me too, and I have just had my corporation tax notice through too.

    Another way to put spend through I’m testing is through Oyster Card – for those in London/SE. Online you can prepay £50 onto your card per visit fee free via Visa or Amex (not sure what the limit is per day etc) and then the credit “waits” for you at a tube station to collect at the Oyster machine for 3-4 days after. If you don’t collect it then the credit gets refunded. I’ll let you know the results but if you did this a few times it could help you reach your goal.

    Also, season tickets (£4k is mine) can be a great way to get to your limit – and they are refundable – (although there can be a wait) but they are – and in my experience you can refund it onto a different card.

    Raffles – is there a way you can do a post on these creative suggestions soon?

    PS. Great work Raffles. You must get a great buzz from sharing your knowledge knowing luxury travel is a possibility for so many of us now…

    • Rob says:

      Remember also that, because AA flights bought at are interest free for 18 months, you could make a purchase, sit on it until your bonus miles post, then cancel it a couple of months later. No interest paid! Just make sure you don’t have a direct debit in place to pay your entire bill each month.

      • Baggageinhall says:


        Firstly, thanks again for publicising this deal. My next VAT payment should generate the full 35k miles bonus. My question relates to the AA flight purchase 0% offer. The wording isn’t particularly clear in my view. I understand that the purchase must be within 12 months of opening your account, but on one reading, it seems to suggest that they will start charging interest on any purchase once you have had your card for a year. I wondered how you’d come to the view that purchases are interest free for 18 months?


        • Rob says:

          18 months was either a typo by me, I think, or they changed the offer online, because it does clearly say 12 months now!

          My understanding is that the 0% ends on the 12th month from getting the card, so a purchase now will get 10-11 months interest free whilst a purchase in 9 months time would only be interest free for a couple of months.

    • Rob says:

      An Oyster refund will presumably reduce your spending target by £50, though, so it doesn’t really help. What you CAN do with Oyster is use auto top-up, which automatically recharges your Oyster via your credit card when it drops below £10. Very cool feature, I haven’t topped up my card manually for a couple of years now.

      If you have an Amex Gold, I understand that the clever thing to do is to top-up your Oyster manually in a Network Rail station. It will then be treated as ‘transport’ and qualify for double points, whilst auto top-up and underground stations do not count as ‘transport’ and only earn 1x.

      • AM says:

        I’ve always had this problem, but I’ve alwayas asked Amex to put the double points manually and they’ve always done it. They said it’s a problem with their system as LUL machines are not recognised as transport.

  • Dan says:

    The maximum you can hold at any one time on an oyster pay as you go is £90?

    Re top-ups at tube and DLR stations, I almost always have to email Amex to get the double points added manually, which is a pain!

    • Flashware says:

      I’ve never had issues using the Gold Charge Card @ National Rail stations.

  • Rob says:

    Of course!

  • MattK says:

    Do you think you can do the sterling traveller cheque ‘trick’ with this card (the Amex one) and it will count towards the £5k spend?

    • Rob says:

      Absolutely not. It only works with Amex-issued Amex cards. This one is MBNA-issued.

  • Dominic says:

    This has been one of Raffles’ most helpful posts recently. I got the card, and had some expensive plane tickets to purchase, so hit the bonus in my first month. The points are already showing when I log on to AA’s pages. Quite wonderful to get in excess of 40K points for so little effort. As ever, Raffles, huge thanks.

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