[Expired] Up to 5K AA miles with car rental

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American Airlines is out with an offer to earn either 2,500 bonus miles or 5,000 bonus miles on 3+ day rentals.

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The Deal

  • Earn 2,500 bonus miles on standard vehicles with a rental of 3 days or more
  • Earn 5,000 bonus miles on specialty vehicles with a rental of 3 days or more
  • Direct link to the promotion

Key Terms

  • Must use AWD #K817127 for Avis or BCD #U072437 with Budget
  • Rental must begin by October 15, 2017
  • “Specialty” vehicles include: Luxury (car group H), Convertible (car group K), Premium SUV (car group L), Standard Elite SUV (car group S), Minivan (car group V) , and Full Size SUV (car group Z)
  • More terms and conditions can be found through the links on the promotion page

Quick Thoughts

This could be a good deal provided the prices are in line with what you would pay elsewhere. I haven’t priced out a rental through this promotion, but I do always compare prices against what I find through Autoslash.com (which is where I usually shop around before booking).

This promotion is less generous than the recent targeted Hertz promotion for more than 5K United miles per rental without the three-day requirement. I was able to take advantage of a couple of one-day rentals through that promotion that yielded more than 5,000 miles.

At the end of the day, this utility of this promotion will vary greatly depending on your dates and local prices, but it’s always good to check multiple sources to get the best overall deal.

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[…] Up to 5K AA miles with car rental (Rental must start by 10/15/17) […]


As always check the rates you can get with and without this offer. I generally find you are paying more than you would expect for the “free” miles when I compare.

Also keep in mind of course that AA miles are very nearly useless these days since award availability is so bad. No sure I’d even value an AA mile at a penny each anymore.


Do you have any idea how to verify how many AA points one would actually get by doing this promo? I went through all the steps yesterday, got to the end and it doesn’t indicate anywhere how many points I would get for the rental. Notice the promo is for “up to” 5,000 miles per rental, which makes me nervous! When I click through on similar Southwest promos, it always tells you exactly how many points will be earned by the specific rental.