American Airlines Has A Fun New Promotion Where You Can Earn 5,000 Miles

American Airlines has a new promotion out that allows you to earn up to 5,000 miles.  The interesting thing about this promotion is that you can earn 2,500 miles without stepping foot on an airplane.

In the “good old days” of miles and points programs, there used to be awesome promotions where you could earn tons of miles without even flying.  Those are much fewer and far between.  I enjoyed some of those for the “sport” of maxing out the game, such as the US Airways Grand Slam promotion.  Here, American Airlines brings back just a bit of that nostalgia.

AAdvantage 5K Challenge For 5K Miles

The promotion comes out at the same time that American Airlines is re-tooling their website.  One Mile at a Time featured a nice overview of the new look.  I’m going to focus just on the details of the promotion.  Here are the 5 activities you need to complete to earn bonus miles:

  • Make any purchase with AAdvantage eShopping
  • Make a qualifying purchase in the AAdvantage Dining program
  • Book and stay at a hotel through
  • Rent and drive a car through
  • Fly on an AA marketed and operated flight

For each of these activities you check off the list, you’ll earn bonus miles in the following increments:

  • 1 activity = 50 bonus miles
  • 2 activities = 250 bonus miles
  • 3 activities = 1,000 bonus miles
  • 4 activities = 2,500 bonus miles
  • 5 activities = 5,000 bonus miles

The Final Two Pennies

You have until September 30th, 2018 to complete the challenge (or as many parts as you can).  I value AA miles at somewhere between 1.5 and 2 cents.  That means these bonus miles are worth up to $100.  That’s not enough of a bonus to go book a flight on AA (or a hotel room you don’t need).  But, if you had some travel between now and the end of September, it might be worth considering this promotion in your plans.  My guess is that any hotel rooms booked through the AA portal wouldn’t qualify for elite benefits/recognition, so be sure to take that into account.

This promotion won’t be one that’s easy to turbo-charge for an entire family.  But, you might be able to score a few cheap wins to build up points or keep existing points from expiring.

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  1. A pale shadow of the Gram Slam days when you could hold 10 accounts and create a million miles in one day. Iberia’s recent promotion was closer to the good old days as you could hold 10 accounts and create 900,000 miles over a few days. In theory, at least – the jury is still out.

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