American Airlines is offering yet another promotion for buying miles.
This one (a 30% bonus) is less generous than the one which ran in January (33%). However, the reason I am bothering to mention it is that you will receive an additional 10% discount if you buy before 5am (note AM!) GMT on February 7th.
If you get in during the next two days, and buy the most ‘efficient’ amount (40,000, to get an extra 12,000 free) you are paying $970 for 52,000 miles. This is noticeably cheaper than the January deal – 1.87c per mile versus 2.06c.
There was a long discussion in my January article about the best deals you can get using AA miles, including their 60,000 miles (return) business class seats to the Middle East and their amazing 160,000 mile First Class award to Australia from London.
How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards (September 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. You receive an additional 5,000 miles bonus if you convert 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points at once.
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. This will increase to 0.83 AA miles per £1 if you convert Bonvoy points in chunks of 60,000 points.
You can apply here.