(EXPIRED) American Airlines Offering All AAdvantage Members A Free Gift – What’s Yours?

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American Airlines has come out with a nice little promotion offering all AAdvantage members a free gift ranging from free miles to seat upgrades to an Admirals Club one-day pass and more.

American Airlines Free Gift.

The Deal

  • Receive a free gift from American Airlines as well as a bonus offer after registering.
    • Registration Gift Offers:
      • 100 bonus miles
      • 250 bonus miles
      • 1 Preferred seat coupon
      • Car class upgrade + double miles with Hertz
      • 2x 500 mile upgrades
      • 1,000 Million Miler miles
      • 1 Admirals Club pass
      • 1 Main Cabin Extra seat coupon
      • Car class upgrade with Avis
      • 4x 500 mile upgrades
      • 1 500 Mile upgrade and 1 level upgrade on Avis
    • Flight Promotion Offers:
      • Double miles when booking 4 qualifying, eligible flights in Premium Economy, Business, or First for travel January 1 to February 28, 2021 and any additional eligible flights.
      • Double miles when booking 2 qualifying, eligible flights for travel January 1 to February 28, 2021 and any additional eligible flights.
      • 4 additional 500-mile upgrades and 500 AAdvantage bonus miles when booking 4 qualifying, eligible flights.
      • 4 additional 500-mile upgrades and 2,000 AAdvantage bonus miles when booking 4 qualifying, eligible flights in Premium Economy, Business, or First.
  • Direct link to offer.

Key Terms

  • Registration Gift:
    • You must register by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on December 16, 2020, to receive your registration gift
    • Your registration gift will be deposited into your account within 24 hours of registration
    • Bonus miles don’t count toward elite status qualification or AAdvantage® Million Miler℠ status
    • Miles are subject to the standard AAdvantage® program terms and conditions
    • Your gift is based off your membership, travel with American Airlines and other account and transaction-related activity
    • Offers to eligible members may vary
    • By registering to claim your gift, you’ll also receive 1 entry and agree to the official rules of Our Greatest Gift Sweepstakes
    • American may, at any time and without notice, change, stop or end this promotion in part or in full
  • Flight Promotion
    • You must register by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on December 16, 2020, and before creating a flight reservation and traveling in order for your flights to count toward this promotion
    • Offer applies to eligible purchased, published fares booked between the day you register and February 28, 2021
    • You must register for the promotion before placing a flight on hold for that reservation to count
    • Flight reservations created and ticketed before registration aren’t eligible to earn toward this promotion
    • Eligible flights must be flown between January 1, 2021, and February 28, 2021
    • Offer applies to eligible flights marketed by American, and operated by American, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, Qantas or Japan Airlines
    • Flights marketed and / or operated by other codeshare partners aren’t eligible for this promotion
    • Flights booked with miles as the form of payment aren’t eligible for this promotion
    • Double miles will be calculated at 100% of the base award miles earned for the eligible flights
    • Once you meet the promotion requirements, you’ll earn double miles for those flights, and the double-mile offer will apply for all subsequent eligible flights booked and flown through February 28, 2021
    • After completing the qualifying flights, double miles will post for each subsequent flight once it posts to your account
    • Bonus miles don’t count toward elite status qualification or AAdvantage® Million Miler℠ status
    • Miles are subject to the standard AAdvantage® program terms and conditions
    • American may, at any time and without notice, change, stop or end this promotion in part or in full

If you’re planning on flying with American Airlines at least twice in January and February, it’s nice that you could earn double miles, but that’ll have limited usefulness for most people. That’s especially so in my case as I’d have to fly four times in Premium Economy or above in order to earn the bonus miles.

Quick Thoughts

Part of me wants to be cynical about aspects of this promotion, but it’s hard to fault American Airlines for giving all AAdvantage members a free gift.

It seems like 100 or 250 miles might be the most common gift received by members. Greg, his family members and my wife all received 100 miles, whereas I received 250 miles – presumably because I have Executive Platinum status received free thanks to having Hyatt Globalist status.

Nick received 1 Preferred seat coupon and a car class upgrade + double miles with Hertz which certainly has the potential for providing more value if he was able to make use of one or both of these gifts. The bonus miles gifts will be more useful for some people though because it’ll reset the clock on their miles expiring, meaning they have another 18 months before their miles are due to expire.

To access this offer, log in to your AAdvantage account at the link above which takes you directly to the Promotions tab. You should then see a link to view the registration details:

After clicking that, you’ll see the gift that you’ll receive, as well as your additional flight promotion offer. You’ll then need to click the registration link at the end of that section:

American Airlines gift 2

Once you’ve registered, it’ll say that you’ll need to wait up to 24 hours to see the gift on your account. That might be the case for things like a Preferred seat coupon or Admirals Club access, but my bonus miles posted immediately.

American Airlines gift 3

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