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Update 12/23/19: My initial assessment of how the 5x is calculated for fixed-rate bonuses was incorrect – it turns out this promotion is much more rewarding than I’d been expecting.
I spent $200+ at Best Buy a couple of times recently with a Mastercard that I’d linked to the SimplyMiles program as I had two Best Buy offers – one for 1,000 bonus miles and one for 750 bonus miles. The 5x quintupled both those amounts and were awarded separately to each of those bonuses, effectively sextupling them.
As you can see, for my first transaction on December 17 I earned a total of 4,500 miles, then earned 6,000 miles when spending $200 a couple of days later. That’s 30x for in-store Best Buy purchases on the latter transaction which is amazing.
That makes the Wag promotion mentioned below even better. Rather than earning 2,050 miles like I originally thought, you’d actually earn 12,000 AAdvantage miles on only $9.99 of spend.
As John points out in the comments below, that opens up other opportunities like the BJ’s membership offer. Buying a $55 Inner Circle membership netted him 15,000 bonus miles, while there are other similar opportunities.
American Airlines launched SimplyMiles a couple of months ago, a card-linked program that offers bonus AAdvantage miles when spending at select retailers in a similar way to how Amex Offers, Chase Offers, etc. work.
They’ve launched a new promotion that’s offering 5x bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles for all offers listed on SimplyMiles until December 31, 2019, thereby enhancing all their existing offers.
- Earn 5x bonus AAdvantage miles for all offers on SimplyMiles.
- Direct link to offer.
- Expires December 31, 2019.
I took a look at SimplyMiles when it first launched and then again a few weeks ago, but have largely ignored the program since then as none of the offers were helpful at the time.
Doctor of Credit wrote about this promotion yesterday which prompted me to take a look at it again and I’m liking it a little more now as SimplyMiles appears to have added some new deals.
For example, my account has an offer for 1,000 bonus miles when spending $200 at Best Buy. That’s 5x miles per dollar if spending exactly $200 which would be doubled to 10x with this new promotion. For an in-store offer for Best Buy, that’s excellent. It can be even better if you link a Citi Dividend card to SimplyMiles as that’s offering 5% cashback at Best Buy until the end of the year. Spending exactly $200 would therefore net you 2,000 AAdvantage miles and $10 – a pretty good return considering many people will be buying stuff at Best Buy for the holidays.
Be sure to pay attention to the terms of each individual offer though. For example, the BJ’s offer shown in the image above simply says ‘Earn 2,500 miles on a purchase of $55 or more’. Clicking on the offer itself though lists a pretty important requirement – this is only valid when buying a BJ’s Inner Circle membership.
SimplyMiles could also be an opportunity to buy miles on the cheap. For example, one of my offers is for Wag (the pet walking service, not Wag.com which was bought by Amazon).
As you can see, that offers 2,000 miles when spending $9.99. If you can find a dog walker that charges exactly $9.99, you’d earn 2,050 miles when taking into account the 50 bonus miles you’ll earn from this 5x promotion. That’s like buying American Airlines AAdvantage miles for 0.49cpp which is a great deal if it tracks properly, albeit for only a relatively small number of miles.
One thing to add is that the SimplyMiles website is horrible. For starters, it only loads 12 offers at a time, so you have to keep scrolling down and hitting ‘View More Personalized Offers’ for every new set of 12 offers.
It also takes forever to load an offer to your card, if it even works. I spent a good 10 minutes trying to add a handful of offers to my cards because clicking the ‘Add To Card’ button seemed to do nothing. I’d therefore refresh the page and have to rescroll through all the offers again. If you have the patience for that, this 5x promotion could be nice and rewarding.