Cool promo: Earn 50K bonus AA miles w/ partner activity

American Airlines has a cool promotion running to earn miles with partner activity. They’re calling it a Holiday To-do List, and they are offering bonus miles in addition to the miles you normally earn for completing activity with multiple partners between now and December 31st. If you have activity with all 10 partners, you could earn 50,000 bonus miles on top of those you naturally earn for partner activity.

The Deal

Key Terms

  • Must register before your qualifying partner activity
  • After registration, earn with partners through 11:59pm CT on December 31, 2017
  • Qualifying activity can be completed through multiple transactions
  • Bonus miles will be posted within 14 days of the initial miles (i.e. within 14 days after the partner activity posts to your account as I read the terms)
  • Base miles and bonus miles count towards qualifying activity with each partner (i.e. If one qualifying activity is to earn 3K miles through the shopping portal and the shopping portal is running a holiday bonus (it is right now), those holiday bonus miles count towards the 3K you need to earn for that activity)
  • See the promotion page for full terms

More details

This promotion actually looks pretty good to me. I know I won’t use all of the partners, but I would likely use several of them anyway — and based on additional bonus miles, I may even try out a couple I wouldn’t have otherwise. Here is the chart for how much you’ll earn based on how many partners you interact with during the promotional period:

As you can see, if you complete “qualifying activity” with one partner between registration for the promo and December 31st, you’ll earn 500 total bonus miles (on top of what you earn with that partner). If you complete qualifying activity with 4 partners, you’ll earn a total of 5,000 bonus miles, and so on.

Qualifying activity includes bonus miles being awarded by a partner. For example, one of the qualifying activities is to earn 3,000 miles through the AAdvantage shopping portal. The shopping portal currently has a tiered bonus. One of the tiers is “Spend $600, get 2,000 bonus miles”. Those bonus miles count towards the 3,000 total miles you need to earn. Many of the partners have similar bonus offers (especially at this time of year), making it pretty easy to complete partner activity with a number of them.

For reference, here are the definitions of “qualifying activity” with each of the 10 partners:

  • Miles for Opinions: Earn at least 300 miles with Miles for Opinions
  • Sprint: Earn at least 417 miles with Sprint
  • Rocketmiles: Earn at least 5,000 miles with Rocketmiles
  • AAdvantage eShopping: Earn at least 3,000 miles with AAdvantage eShopping
  • 1-800 Flowers: Earn at least 2,000 AAdvantage miles with 1-800-FLOWERS (Earn 30 miles per dollar with promo code A56)
  • The AAdvantage Dining Program: Earn at least 500 miles with AAdvantage Dining
  • Avis Budget Group: Earn at least 1,500 miles with Avis Budget Group
  • LifeLock: Earn at least 7,000 miles with Lifelock
  • Vinesse: Earn at least 500 miles with Vinesse
  • Hilton: Earn at least 1,000 miles with Hilton

Those activities aren’t too tough to achieve. Some of them are downright easy. I see myself almost definitely completing the following four offers:

  1. I definitely would have earned miles through the shopping portal with or without this promotion.
  2. I’m going to be away this Saturday night and didn’t have plans for dinner. First AAdvantage Dine will complete this one
  3. Miles for Opinions. You get 250 miles for the first survey. I’ll hang in there to pick up the other 50 miles to complete this
  4. At 30 miles per dollar, it takes less than $67 in spending to reach the qualifying activity — I’ll look to combo with an Amex Offer and send someone a holiday gift from 1800Flowers.

If I get that far, I’ll complete the Hilton offer next. Normally, 10,000 Hilton points earn 1,500 American Airlines miles. But if I get at least 4 partner activities done, converting 10K Hilton points to 1,500 American Airlines miles will qualify me for the next bonus tier — the fifth activity earns 4,000 bonus AA miles (and it goes up from there). I wouldn’t normally convert 10K Hilton points for 1500 AA miles — but I might do it if the pot gets sweetened by 4K miles. It’s certainly possible that I could end up completing a couple more — the Avis offer could come in handy, Vinesse offers 5K bonus miles for singing up, etc. I doubt I’ll complete all of them, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up completing quite a few.

Bottom line

This is a pretty interesting promotion, especially considering that the qualifying activity isn’t unreasonable even if you’re not new to each of the activities — if you are new to some of them, it’s even easier to stack bonus miles to complete qualifying activity. American Airlines availability hasn’t been outstanding, but they claim it is improving. Anecdotally, I’ve found that to be true on some recent award searches (though most of my award searches are either close-in domestically or pretty far out internationally, so my sample set may not match yours). I’m always happy to pick up some extra miles when it’s easy — and this promotion mostly fits the bill. Don’t forget to register before completing partner activity — any partner activity before registration will not count per the terms.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Comments

  1. I need just over 1,200 miles to get to 50,000 in my AA account so I can book a couple of tickets for next summer. What is the easiest possible way to do this? Would just dining out once (500 miles) and signing up for Miles for Opinions (earn 300 miles) and then that would be 2 activities which would earn me 1,500 miles. Am I interpreting this correctly? Thanks for all the advice!

        • Another option: Transfer 10K Hilton points to 1,500 miles. Remember that you can pool Hilton points with up to 10 people, so you if you’re short, you could get those points from a friend. That’s probably your fastest route. You’d end up with 2K total miles since you’d get the 500 mile bonus from completing activity with one partner.

    • That would earn you 1500 miles plus the 800 miles from those activities. I believe there’s a promo for 3K miles if it’s your first time dining with AAdvantage dining and you complete a dine within 30 days and review the restaurant. If you qualify for that, you’ll have even more miles.

      Note that I have no idea how long it takes miles to post from the surveys and dining (and the bonus miles won’t post until 14 days after those things post).

      • I am not sure I will earn the 500 miles from the dining for one dinner unless I spend $167, as I do not qualify for any of those bonuses in my account that I see. I think the easiest and quickest thing for me to do is to do the 30 miles for every $1 and get flowers delivered and it would cost me around $50-$55. Not ideal, but they would post quick, as I am scared to lose availability for this FLL-SEA I am doing on Alaska Air next May or so.

        • What’s being suggested is the “new member bonus” for the dining. Have you participated in this program (AA Dining) before? If not, sign up, dine, get 3m/$ + 1500 to 3000m newbie bonus. Doesn’t matter if it’s a cheap dinner. You’re done. (Actually, first dine must be $25+)

          https://aa.rewardsnetwork.com/bonus.htm

    • That’s a good question. My answer is that I don’t *think* so. I *think* you need to use the 30x promo code and earn the 2K miles from 1800Flowers. If you go through the portal, I think the promo code will cancel out the portal miles. If you don’t use the promo code, you’ll be earning miles from the shopping portal, not from 1800Flowers (hope that makes sense).

      • Based on past experience with United shopping portal, the answer is no. 1800Flowers (and FTD and probably most/all of the other flower delivery sites) aren’t actually part of the shopping portal, they are rather direct and separate partners of the airline. The shopping portal adds the sites to their page anyway at the request of the airline for additional visibility, but the shopping portal actually isn’t involved at all (no shopping-portal-cookie set when you go to 1800Flowers’ page from the shopping portal) — this is also why you have to manually enter your airline # into the flower’s order page yourself.

        FYI, I know this b/c I had tried to use 1800Flowers order to meet a United shopping portal bonus from last year, and when I emailed them about it, they explained why it didn’t count.

      • If you use 1800 Flowers via the shopping portal the points will post as AA Shopping and NOT as 1800 Flowers. I had this happen for previous promotion from AA

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