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Buying airline miles is something that you really ought to only do if you have a clear, money-saving, use in mind. Speculative purchases are far less sensible – unless the airline is selling miles for far cheaper than normal. I’m not sure that this offer from American Airlines AAdvantage qualifies, but I’ll let you decide…
Between now and 11:59pm Central Time (i.e. Chicago) on November 29, 2021, AAdvantage members can receive up to 45% discount when buying miles.
The significant discounts kick in when you buy at least 35,000 miles, where you would pay:
- ~£510 ($677) for 35,000 miles –> ~1.45p (1.93 cents) per mile
- ~£800 ($1,064) for 60,000 miles –> ~1.33p (1.77 cents) per mile
What Does 60,000 Miles Get Me?
You can check out the full award chart, but here are some highlights:
For 57,500 miles, you can fly one-way to USA/Canada in Business Class (however if you fly on British Airways you will pay some outrageous surcharges).
For 55,000 miles you can fly one way in Business Class between Europe and Africa (which is ordinarily a great deal, though perhaps not right now!)
Perhaps the very best use of AA Miles though, is the 42,500/62,500 miles it takes to fly in Business/First Class respectively, between Europe and the Middle East/Indian Subcontinent regions. Given that you can fly with Etihad or Qatar, this has historically been a fantastic value way to get to the Maldives.
At 1.33p per mile you’d be looking at about £560 for a one way Business Class ticket (plus taxes) to the Maldives, Sri Lanka, etc – although you are limited, of course, to saver award space being available.
1.33p per mile is substantially better than AAdvantage’s standard promotions (~1.5p is more usual) But, is this price low enough to tempt you to buy AA miles?