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Receive 20-30% Discount When Transferring AA/US Miles

Transferring miles
Written by Charlie

While this is nothing like the old 100% bonus on transferring or sharing miles between US Airways accounts, this could still be useful for some people who may have orphan miles in an account and want to get them in an account with a larger mileage balance before the US Airways and American Airline programs merge.

Receive 20-30% Discount When Transferring AA/US Miles

Transferring miles

American Airline Transfer Mileage Link

US Airways Transfer Mileage Link

Transferring miles

Transferring the maximum amount of miles would save you $187.50 with this promo

From today through March 25, when you transfer your miles from your account to another account (US to US or AA to AA), you can receive either a 20% or 30% discount on the normal transfer fees. This can add up to real savings but the 30% savings only kicks in at the 26,000 mile level. Hopefully, you are not having to transfer that many, though there are some situations where that may be necessary.

Here are the details:

  • Transferring milesThis discount is off the cash price of transferring miles from one account to another account
  • 6,000 – 25,000 mile transfers receive a 20% discount
  • 26,000 – 50,000 mile transfers receive a 30% discount
  • AAdvantage/US Airway members must complete a share transaction beginning 7:00 am CT February 26, 2015, to 11:59:59 pm CT March 25, 2015 to be eligible for a discount.
  • Discount applies to the mileage transfer cost and does not apply toward the $20 transaction processing charge.
  • AAdvantage accounts less than 30 days old are not permitted to Share miles.
  • Dividend accounts (US Airways) less than 12 days old are not permitted to share miles.
  • The miles transferred with the Share Miles program do not count towards status qualification

Since both US Airways and American Airlines process these transactions “in-house” now (instead of using, you can earn bonus miles/points when using a card that gives bonuses for air travel (or the US Airways/AA credit cards).

Good Deal Or No?

It is nice to have this as a savings option if you were looking to do a transfer (which I was) but it will depend on your needs for the mileage. If you have received the anniversary bonus on your US Airways credit card of 10,000 miles and that is all that is in that account, you would get more value out of transferring that to a friends/family member’s account to pool those miles for great options. To transfer the 10,000 miles will cost $120, so figure out what your redemption plans are before initiating the transfer.

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.