There are still some great values to be had with American miles, whether it is wanting to fly around Asia, to South America, or just going all out luxury and flying in something like the Etihad First Apartments. Having American Airline miles is the first step to getting all of that but it will cost you quite a bit of miles for the premium experiences.
Stack These Deals for AA Miles on the Cheap – Cheaper Than American’s Own Sale Prices
If you need more miles and do not want to pay AA’s price – even on sale – you can take advantage of these 2 deals going on right now and stack them to get American Airline miles for as little as 1.45 cents per mile (the AA sale price is 1.8 cents per mile). That’s not that bad if you have some premium flights in mind! Here is what you need to know to get started.
Buy SPG Starpoints With 35% Discount
Yesterday, I wrote how SPG is selling their Starpoints at a discount (again) and you can buy up to 30,000 of them at a nice price. To get the sweet spot of 1.45 cents per AA mile, you would want to buy 20,000 Starpoints (unless you have someone in your home that also wants to max out the 30,000 points and you can merge them into your account for a total of 60,000 Starpoints).
Here are the details of this SPG discount to get going:
- Link: Buy SPG Points
- Valid through May 31, 2018
- The link has the 35% discount built-in
- You can purchase up to 30,000 Starpoints per account per calendar year
Transfer Starpoints to AA for 25% Bonus
Note: make sure you register first using the link below!
Now that you have your SPG Starpoints, your next step would be to transfer them to AA using this transfer bonus. Like other airline transfer partners of SPG, you get 5,000 bonus miles automatically for each block of 20,000 points transferred. Right off the bat, that gives you 25,000 AA miles.
But, with this special transfer bonus, you will get another 25% bonus on top of that from the AA side. That will equal 31,250 AA miles for 20,000 Starpoints. That is not a bad deal at all! This would work best, however, if you need to fatten up your AA account for premium redemptions rather than just trying to get some domestic tickets. 🙂
Here are the details for this SPG/AA transfer bonus:
- Register first using this link
- You must transfer the SPG points over to AA before 5/31
- It can take a few days for the transfer to complete so give yourself a little cushion
- You will get the extra 25% bonus after the points hit your AA account
- You can only transfer between accounts that have the same name (your SPG account to your AA account)
Is It a Good Idea?
If you need to just get a few more AA miles, this is a nice, easy way to do it but it will still cost you. However, if you have some ultra-luxury seat in mind, paying a few hundred for the points to get you all the way there is really not that bad of a deal.
But, don’t buy and transfer speculatively! AA is not the great value on premium redemptions that they used to be and you do not want to spend money like this just in the hope you can eventually find the flights you are thinking about. Have a plan before you go through this.
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