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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.

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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 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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  • Simon says:

    Good that the Visa spend counts towards the bonus, probably wouldn’t have got the card otherwise, I’ve established I can pay off my 2014-15 council tax bill early if it gets to November and I’ve not hit the target! I’d rather do this than the interest free refundable flight, the girl on the phone I spoke to at Bristol City Council seemed a bit confused why I would want to do this though!

  • Dave P says:

    In terms of buying a fully flexible ticket in order to trigger the £5k spend, does purchasing a ticket operated by BA via the AA website count as a valid ticket or does the flight have to be on AA metal?
    I don’t want to buy a ticket only to find that it doesn’t count.

    • Flashware says:

      There’s been reports that ANY flight on ANY carrier seems to trigger it.

      • Dave P says:

        I was thinking along the lines buying a flexible ticket via AA to take advantage of the 0% interest on AA purchased tickets and then cancelling it (as per Raffles’ strategy above). However, on the AA website many tickets are on flights operated by BA. Would such a ticket count as an AA ticket and therefore have 0% interest?

        • Rob says:

          Yes, it will still go through your card statement as AA

    • Rob says:

      Seems anything on works fine

  • Alan says:

    Arghh – this is turning into a total nightmare! Despite me giving MBNA by existing card number, they appear to have created a new account for me and sent the miles there. I called them and they passed me on to AA to merge the accounts. This was a week ago and as of today still nothing showing up. I chased it up by AA via email and they’ve now replied to say the account merger went fine and they can’t see any activity (they say from Citibank but that’s because they don’t seem to have noticed I’m in the UK). So two weeks after my first statement I’m still trying to chase the missing 44k miles – not good!!

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