American Airlines AAdvantage guide: The best ways to earn and use AAdvantage miles
As one of the world’s largest airlines, boasting the largest fleet in the world and a massive list of destinations, American Airlines is a great choice for world travelers. And, if you are member of the AAdvantage program, American Airlines offers yet another advantage: some of the most valuable award miles in the industry. You can fly far with AAdvantage miles – if you can find availability, and if you can deal with restrictive award routing rules.
What is AAdvantage?
AAdvantage is the loyalty program of American Airlines, rewarding loyal customers with elite status benefits and airline miles that they can redeem for a variety of awards, including free flights on American Airlines and its oneworld partners.
The AAdvantage program comes with about as many downsides as upsides. A major plus for the AAdvantage program is its MileSAAver awards. With MileSAAver awards, you can book award flights to most destinations for a very low number of miles. But you need to have a lot of flexibility in your schedule to locate these awards and you’ll have to deal with a lot of other quirks in the AAdvantage program, including a rule that prevents you from routing an award flight over three zones.
Essentially, the AAdvantage program isn’t the best option for someone who prefers to redeem their miles simply and painlessly, but it could be a great option for value hunters.
Read on to see if the AAdvantage miles are a good fit for you.
AAdvantage program overview
|Type of currency||Miles|
|Average point value||1.9 cents|
Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard, AAdvantage
Executive World Elite Mastercard, AAdvantage
Mileup Mastercard, CitiBusiness
/ AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard, AAdvantage Gold World Elite
Mastercard, Aviator Silver World Elite Mastercard, Aviator Red World Elite
Mastercard, Aviator Blue World Elite Mastercard, Aviator Mastercard, Aviator
Business Mastercard, American Express/American Express Business Extra Corporate
|Redemption options||Flight awards, flight upgrades, car rentals, hotels, vacation packages, Admirals Club membership, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, gift cards, LifeLock identity theft protection, charity donations
|Minimum required to redeem||7,500 miles for flight awards
|Do rewards expire?||After 18 months of no activity (earning or redeeming miles)
oneworld Alliance partners and 11 additional partners
|Excellent. More than 14,250 daily flights to more than 1,000 destinations in more than 150 countries
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- Best ways to earn AAdvantage miles
- Best ways to redeem AAdvantage miles
- American Airlines partners
- American Airlines elite status
- Admirals Club membership
- Booking a flight with AAdvantage miles
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