(EXPIRED) American Airlines 5k Challenge: Earn Up To 5k Miles When Completing Tasks

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American Airlines launched a new promotion this past week offering up to 5,000 miles when completing various tasks.

American Airlines 5k Challenge

The Deal

  • Earn up to 5,000 AAdvantage bonus miles when you register and complete these qualifying activities in any order through September 30, 2018:
    • Make any purchase with AAdvantage eShopping
    • Dine-in or carry out with AAdvantage Dining
    • Book and stay at a hotel at bookaahotels.com
    • Rent and drive a car at aa.com/cars
    • Fly on an American Airlines marketed and operated flight
  • The more activities you complete, the more you’ll earn:
    • 1 activity = 50 bonus miles
    • 2 activities = 250 bonus miles
    • 3 activities = 1,000 bonus miles
    • 4 activities = 2,500 bonus miles
    • 5 activities = 5,000 bonus miles
  • Registration required – direct link

Key Terms

  • Registration for the offer is required
  • Activity that occurs before you are registered for the offer won’t count toward the offer
  • Each qualifying activity can only be completed once to count toward the offer
  • AAdvantage® eShopping
    • Participants must transact and earn miles at participating AAdvantage eShopping merchants during the offer period
    • Available to U.S. Residents only
  • AAdvantage Dining
    • Participants must dine and earn miles with participating restaurants during the offer period
    • Available to U.S. Residents only
  • bookaahotels.com
    • Participants must book and complete stay during the offer period
  • aa.com/cars
    • Participants must pick-up and drop off rental during offer period
  • American Airlines flight
    • Eligible tickets for this offer are purchased, published fares for flights marketed and operated by American
    • At least 1 eligible flight segment must be flown during the offer period
    • Applies to all members
    • Tickets may be booked through any source

Quick Thoughts

It’s good to see American Airlines offering promotions like this, even if the bonus isn’t overly compelling. Having said that, register for this offer anyway so that you don’t leave any points on the table, even if you only complete one challenge.

It’s unlikely to be worth booking a hotel, rental car or flight simply for these bonus points. However, if you happen to already be doing all those three, it’d be worth also buying something cheap through the shopping portal and grabbing a coffee at a cafe or restaurant that’s part of AAdvantage Dining to earn an additional 4,000 bonus miles.

You earn 1 mile per dollar spent when booking a hotel through American Airlines’ portal, but keep an eye out for properties offering bonus miles. The bonuses apparently go as high as 10,000 miles, but I’ve never seen that amount. The bonus miles could help mitigate the lack of status benefits or elite night credits for booking through the portal rather than directly with the hotel. If you don’t hold status with the hotel chain though, that won’t really matter.

AA Hotels Cambria Chicago

You have until September 30 to complete the tasks, so that gives three months over the summer to work on them.

Last updated on March 31st, 2019

About Stephen Pepper

Stephen Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with his wife Shae and their dog Truffles. Finding opportunities to earn miles and points is one of the ways they can afford to do this, so he'll try to help you do the same for your own travels.

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I think for many of us it will come down to whether it’s worth 2,500 AA miles to rent a car. Buying and dining are easy, and getting a friend to book a hotel shouldn’t be too hard if you’re not already staying. Flights are iffy; I happen need one so no problem, and many AAA members obviously fly a decent amount especially in summer. But a car…


On aa.com and this article I don’t see where to register for this event. Is there a link you can provide?


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