After the British Airways Avios Suitcase game on Facebook (which keeps adding the odd extra badge, do revisit from time to time!), American Airlines has now launched its own.
It is called ‘AAdvantage Passport Challenge’ and you can find it at Facebook.
It is a strangely complex thing, but fundamentally you can earn AA miles in three ways:
‘Learn & Earn’ – earn up to 700 miles by answering nine sets of trivia questions, sharing your success on Facebook and liking three specific Facebook pages. (You can opt out of parts of this in return for fewer miles.)
These 700 miles will be credited simply for following the instructions, no flying required!
‘Be Social & Earn’ – earn up to 350 miles by performing various social actions, such as liking American on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For maximum miles, you need to invite a friend to participate in this promotion and they must actually sign up.
This block also does not require any flying, although you will need to coerce a friend or partner to sign up to earn the full miles.
‘Fly & Earn’ – earn up to 9,500 miles by completing various flying tasks.
In reality, 250 of the miles are for trivia questions so they are also easy to collect. The majority of the flying miles, however, will not be possible UNLESS you are in the US.
However, there are 900 easy miles to earn here. One target is ‘Fly International’ and another is ‘Fly oneworld’. If you credit just one British Airways flight to your American Airlines account before May 23rd, it would trigger both of these targets, worth 450 miles each.
In summary …
You can earn 1,300 American Airlines miles without leaving your seat by correctly answering the trivia questions and undertaking the necessary sharing activities.
You can also earn an extra 900 bonus AA miles by crediting one British Airways or other oneworld segment (doesn’t even need to be a return) to your American Airlines account. As long as you don’t mind losing the BA tier points that you would receive from that particular flight, this may be worth it.
The promotion runs until May 23rd.
Remember that, if you have AA miles, they will expire without regular activity on your account – it is worth playing this game just to reset the expiry date.
How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards (June 2021)
American Airlines no longer has its own UK credit card.
There are, however, still ways of earning American Airlines miles from UK credit cards.
The best 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.