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How to earn American Airlines miles
Save money on airfare, car rentals, hotels and more with AAdvantage miles.
American Airlines has one of the most robust rewards programs you can find. That’s because you have a variety of ways to stack up American Airlines miles — including traveling with American Airlines and using either a Citi AAdvantage or a Barclays Aviator credit card. But to start earning miles, you need to create an AAdvantage account first.
Earn miles with credit cards
With Citi AAdvantage credit cards and the Aviator credit card by Barclays, you can earn miles on everyday purchases made at places such as grocery stores and gas stations, plus accelerated miles on American Airlines purchases. Some cards also offer generous signup bonuses to help you earn miles more quickly.
Compare the rewards rate of all other AAdvantage credit cards, if earning as many miles as possible is your priority.
|Annual fee||Rewards||Signup bonus|
|Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®||$0 for the first year, $99 after that||Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,500 within your first 3 months|
|American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card||$0||Earn 10,000 and a 50 statement credit once you spend $500 in your first 3 months|
|Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®||$450||Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 in your first 3 months|
|CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®||$0 for the first year, $99 after that||Earn 65,000 bonus miles after you spend $4,000 within your first 4 months|
|AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard®||$95||Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you make your first purchase|
|AAdvantage® Aviator® Business Mastercard®||$95||Earn 65,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in your first 90 days|
Earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles when a purchase is made with an employee card
Use American Airlines co-branded credit cards to earn the highest number of AAdvantage miles on your purchases and other American Airlines perks. You can also choose hotel credit cards and transfer hotel points to American Airline miles.
Earn points for Million Miler status with credit cards through 2020
If you’re an AAdvantage cardholder, every dollar you spend between May 2020 and December 2020 will count toward your Million Miler status. This is excellent news, especially because you could only earn Million Miler status by flying with American Airlines.
Flying with American Airlines
Earn miles on American Airlines flights. The number of miles you earn depends on your American Airlines flight price. The more expensive your flight, the more miles you earn.
You can earn even more miles if you reach elite status. You’ll also earn Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs), Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) and Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) to help you climb the ladder of elite membership and unlock additional American Airlines perks.
Flying with American Airlines partners
You’re not limited to American Airlines flights to earn AAdvantage miles. You can also earn on flights with Oneworld Alliance airlines and partner airlines. This includes:
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Japan Airlines
- LATAM Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Royal Jordanian Airlines
- S7 Airlines
- SriLankan Airlines
- Air Tahiti Nui
- Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
- Cape Air
- China Southern Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Fiji Airways
- GOL Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Seaborne Virgin Islands
Additional ways to earn American Airlines miles
American Airlines dining program
Earn American Airlines miles by dining at any of the 10,000 participating restaurants, bars or clubs in AAdvantage’s dining program. Simply pay with your registered card.
American Airlines shopping program
Earn American Airlines miles by shopping through the AAdvantage eShopping mall program. You can purchase merchandise at 950 stores — including Staples, Home Depot, AT&T TV and Internet and Hulu. At some stores, you’ll earn a fixed number of miles, while, at other stores, you’ll earn up to nine miles per dollar. Subscribe to the program to receive emails on promotions and to earn additional bonus miles on purchases.
Buy American Airlines miles
Buying AAdvantage miles is an option if you need a certain number of miles to redeem a reward. You can buy a minimum of 2,000 miles and a maximum of 150,000 miles valued at 2.9 cents each upon purchase or 1.5 cents each upon redemption, according to American Airlines as of 2019.
Buying miles could be worth it as the value of purchased American Airlines miles could be close to the value of redeemed miles with certain offers. For example, a special offer may afford you 120,000 bonus miles when buying 150,000 miles valid until a specified date.
Earn with travel partners
You can also earn American Airlines miles by booking cruises or American Airlines vacation packages. If you prefer hotel stays, you can earn additional miles at partner hotels including:
- Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
- Marriott Bonvoy
- InterContinental Hotels
- American Airlines Hotels
- Best Western Hotels and Resorts
- Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Another way to earn American Airlines miles is with partner car rental companies:
Loyalty program AAdvantage elite status tiers
When you purchase an American Airlines ticket, you can upgrade to an AAdvantage elite status by earning:
|Qualification||Executive Platinum||Platinum Pro||Platinum||Gold|
|oneworld® Emerald||oneworld® Sapphire||oneworld® Sapphire||oneworld® Ruby|
What are the benefits of the AAdvantage elite status tiers?
American Airlines offers a variety of ways to earn AAdvantage miles. But the fastest and easiest way to accumulate miles is to get a cobranded credit card and to fly often with American Airlines.
Compare your options until you find the best card for your financial needs. Try a general travel card or a cobranded airline credit card for different choices. And once you’ve built enough miles, compare your redemption options to find out which offer the best value.Back to top
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