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How to redeem American Airlines miles

Get value for your miles with international business or first class award flights with partner airlines.


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Earning miles is easy if you’re an AAdvantage member or own an American Airlines cobranded credit card. But finding the best value for your miles can take some effort.

Often, MileSAAver flights will give you the highest value per mile — especially if you’re traveling abroad. Flying with Oneworld partner airlines on business or first class can give you higher redemption value than flying American Airlines within the US.

Airline transfer partners

Since American Airlines is a member of Oneworld Alliance, AAdvantage miles can be redeemed with all alliance members and with some non-alliance member airlines. Redeem your miles for flights with:

  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cape Air
  • Fiji Airways
  • Finnair
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Iberia
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • S7 Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines

Book your award flight online, by phone or with the American Airlines mobile app.

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Awards chart

Choose MileSAAver or AAnytime flights when redeeming AAdvantage miles for an award flight.

The difference between the two is:

  • MileSAAver requires less miles to redeem and seats aren’t always available.
  • AAnytime requires more miles to redeem and seats are always available.

Here are the miles required for award flights if you’re flying from a mainland US state:
How to redeem American Airlines miles-chart1
Data obtained February 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Here are the miles required for award Oneworld Alliance partner flights if you’re flying from a mainland US state:
How to redeem American Airlines miles-chart2
Data obtained February 2019. Values are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.

Tip: Avoid redeeming award flights for British Airways flights, as they have high fees and taxes on award travel.

How to redeem points for maximum value

Redeem MileSAAver American Airlines flights within the US to maximize your point value in America. The values below are examples of how far your points can get you based on airline websites at the time of writing.

Did you know: You can get better results using the British Airways website

Most of the international award flights listed on the American Airlines website have two or more stops, are only American Airlines flights and have longer flight times.

The solution?

Signup free with the British Airways frequent flyer program (called the Executive Club) to find better international award flights from the US with Oneworld Alliance partners. Use the British Airways website to find seat availability for the best flight and call American Airlines to book your flight with miles.

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How to earn American Airlines miles

Get an American Airlines cobranded credit card and clear the signup bonus to quickly accrue AAdvantage miles. You’ll earn more miles on American Airlines purchases and accelerated miles on everyday spending depending on the card.

To learn more about how you can quickly earn AAdvantage miles, check out our full earning guide to find out which methods offer you the best ways to earn AAdvantage miles.

Compare cards for earning AAdvantage miles

Cobranded American Airlines cards are best for earning AAdvantage miles. However, you can also choose hotel credit cards and transfer hotel points to American Airline miles. You don’t have to use AAdvantage credit cards for earning American Airlines miles if you don’t want to.

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