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Last chance to get the free American Airlines credit card with 35,000 AA miles

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Just a quick head up that May 31st is the last day to apply for the American Airlines credit cards with the whopping 35,000 AAdvantage miles sign-up bonus.

This is the best sign-up deal I have ever seen for a free airline credit card.  The only issue is the £5,000 spend required to trigger the bonus, albeit you have 6 months to achieve it.

Full details on the card can be found in my original article here.  And, to whet your appetite, here is an example of what you could with your bonus miles.

More prosaicly, American Airlines miles can also be used to book British Airways flights – as both are in the oneworld alliance – although you cannot add your AA miles directly to your Avios.

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 (30)

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  • Jonny says:

    Apllied for the card before the deadline, got accepted this morning, no mention of the bonus points in the email, hope it has not gone through too late.

    Also didn’t read the bit about opening an aa acount first, too late to do it now?

    • Alan says:

      No in theory as long as you tell them your AAdvantage a/c number prior to your statement being generated it should be OK – although in my case they totally ignored me telling them the correct number and made a new account! Now trying to get AA to merge them, which theoretically was done a week ago but still hasn’t happened.

  • Jonny says:

    Perfect timing, check etihad website for gold match status offer, be quick, supposedly limited to the first 500 applicants.

  • jonny says:

    I think I have a plan for this card when it arrives, £5000 spent of the £50 visa cards (the ones with the £3.95 fee.) already hammering 3v cards on my ba and bmi amex.

    when I previously looked at the fee’d cards it didn’t make a lot of sense to me, not enough points to cover the £3.95 fees, but with this sign up bonus it (by my calculations) brings in:

    42,500 AA miles (£5k spnd on amex, plus 35k bonus)
    36,000 Avios.

    for the sake of argument, a total of 78,500 “miles” for a cost of £395. roughly 0.05p per “mile”

    • Rob says:

      The numbers make sense. However, you do have 6 months to hit the spend target, so in reality you’d probably be able to put quite a bit of normal spend through as well. No need to spend even £395 unnecessarily!

      • jonny says:

        cheers raffles, I hear you but… for me…

        I have a BA Amex that still needs just over 4k on it to generate the next 241 and BMI MBNA cards for regular spend which now generate more miles than this card (2 per £1). I have a route to recoup the cash on these cards so it is not really “spend” as such 😉 just cheap additional miles. 0.5p per mile is well within my target.

  • phil says:

    I’ve go my cards. On my welcome pack it say that i’ll automatically be registered into the AAdvantage programme. Does anyone know how long this takes or should i go onto the AA site and set myself up??

    • Rob says:

      Do NOT let them do this, you will spend ages trying to get the number and password from them. Open an account now, hopefully still in time.

  • phil says:

    thanks Raffles. I set one up on the AA website and then rang MBNA and told them the number -so it’s now hopefully linked up. I asked if i could track the points real time(ish) like Amex – but she said they would be generated by the first statement date and I’d seem them first then. Is that everyone’s experience?

  • Mark B says:

    I applied for the card on deadline day 31st May got email confirmation of acceptance straight away and the cards arrived today. Should I have received confirmation of being included in the promotion or does this automatically happen?

    • Rob says:

      No, you don’t get anything. You will be fine, though.

  • Howard says:

    Applied pre deadlne and accepted. We did these as we calculated we coulod do £10k spend on non amex…Hopefully will get 35000 each.

    What can we do for these points. Is AUH to LHR Ethiad in First possible.


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