American Airlines AAdvantage


American AirlinesAmerican Airlines offers one of the most comprehensive miles programs in the industry. In my experience, the number of miles earned on American can be a little skimpy. However, the carrier makes up with that lack of quantity by offering loads of partners, with whom you can earn miles as well. Rewards tickets begin at 25,000 miles, which is pretty standard with the major air carriers. Unlike some other programs, there is no minimum number of miles earned on a given flight. So if you’re flying short segments, you won’t see your balance rack up as quickly as you could. To make up for that shortcoming, there are often bonus miles offered on certain routes.

For more information, learn about how to earn American points

Airline Partners

American Eagle, Air Lingus, Brittish Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, LAN Airlines, Quantas Airways, Air Pacific, Air Sahara, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska Airlines, El Al, Hawaiian Airlies, Japan Airliens, Mexicana, SN Brussels Airlines, Swiss, TACA, TAM and Turkish Airlienes

Car Rental Partners

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, National and Thrifty

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Hotel Partners

Best Western, Cesar Park, Candlewood, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Concorde, Conrad, Country Inns, Crowne Plaza, Double Tree, Econo Lodge, Embassy Suites, Fairfield, Fairmont, Fiesta Americana, Four Points, Hampton Inn, Hilton Properties, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Homewood Suites, Hotel Indigo, Hotel JAL City, Hyatt, Intercontiental, La Quinta, Le Meridien, Lowes Hotels, MainStay Suites, Mariott Properties, Maybourne Hotel Group, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, New Otani Hotels, Nikko Hotels, Omni Hotels, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Prime Hotels, Quality Inn, Raddisson, Rennissance, Residence Inn, Rodeway Inn, Sandals, Scandic, Shangri-La, Sheraton, Sleep Inn, Sofitel Accor Hotels, Sol Melia, Staybridge, Summit, Swissotel, Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Worldhotels, Wellesley Inn & Suites, Westin and Wyndham.

AAdvantage Hotel Program is also available at 5 miles per dollar spent, if you book through the website or toll-free number.

Other Ways to Earn

Dining for Miles: American Airlines participates in the Dining for Miles program, in which you can earn up to 10 miles per every dollar spent at member restaurants. I have always been a huge fan of this program, as I’ve earned lots and lots of miles AND it’s led me to some fantastic local establishments that I wouldn’t have found on my own. All you have to do is join up, register your credit card(s) and select American as your earning partner.

You can also earn miles by purchasing products online, internet or cellular service and even realty services.

Redeem Miles

You can use your miles to purchase airline tickets, as well as for vacation packages, magazines, donate miles to the Make a Wish Foundation, swap with other programs at Points.com. In addition, miles can be redeemed with the following partners: Alamo Car Rentals, Avis Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car, Diners Club® Points, Hilton HHonors® Points, Intercontinental Hotel stays (including Intercontinental Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express), Marriott Certificates, National® Car Rentals, Priority Club Points and Samsonite.

The best part of the whole package is AAdvantage offers the most fun and most frequent promotions of any airline in the industry. These are the current promotions:

Miles for the Cure (through May 31, 2008)
On the Move Sweepstakes and Instant Win (through June 16, 2008)
American Airlines Platinum Challenge (ongoing)
Double Miles to London (through June 30, 2008)