Earning AAdvantage Miles
Get the details on earning American Airlines AAdvantage Miles flying AA & oneworld partners, renting cars, booking hotels, and using AA's travel programs.
American Airlines (AA) offers a great deal of ways you can earn AAdvantage Miles. This includes flying AA and partnering airlines, booking travel such as hotels and car rentals, going on cruises, and even going out to eat at your favorite restaurants. This page covers all the ways you can earn AAdvantage Miles in 2019.
AA Airline Partners
Advantage Miles can be earned flying airlines that are part of the oneworld alliance and other select airlines. The Oneworld Alliance consists of 13 airlines. These alliance partners allow you to partake in most American Airlines perks as well as earning AAdvantage Miles when flying them. Oneworld consists of the following airlines:
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Japan Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Jordanian
- S7 Airlines
- SriLankan Airlines
In addition to oneworld alliance partners, American Airlines also specifically partners with the select non-alliance airlines:
- Air Tahiti Nui
- Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
- Cape Air
- Etihad Airways
- Fiji Airways
- Gulf Air
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Jet Airways
- Seaborne Airlines
- West Jet
Earning Miles Flying American Airlines
The most straightforward way of earning AAdvantage Miles is by flying American Airlines, American Eagle, Oneworld partners, and codeshare flights operated by other airlines. American Airlines follows a revenue-based earning structure meaning the amount of redeemable miles you earn will be based on your AAdvantage status and the price of the ticket. The amount earned on the ticket purchase will be based on base fare plus carrier-imposed fees. You will not earn miles on the ticket's government-imposed taxes and fees.
When you join the American Airlines you will be able to start earning AAdvantage Miles and be able to obtain airline status with them. Earning status with American Airlines grants additional perks such as additional miles earned per mile flown, complimentary seat upgrades, free checked bags, and more. Members will earn Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs), Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs), and Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) on eligible-fare tickets which can qualify them for Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum, or Gold status. You can earn these by flying American Airlines, Oneworld member airlines, Alaska Airlines, and codeshare flights with an American Airlines flight number. Plus, Full-fare Economy, Business Class and First Class tickets on American-marketed flights will earn EQMs at a higher rate.
Earn On Car Rentals
When earning miles flying American Airlines, remember that you only earn miles on the base ticket price plus carrier-imposed fees. You will not earn miles on the ticket's government-imposed taxes and fees. Listed below is the amount of miles you will earn based on your AA AAdvantage Status:
- AAdvantage Member - 5 Miles Per $1 Spent
- AAdvantage Gold - 7 Miles Per $1 Spent
- AAdvantage Platinum - 8 Miles Per $1 Spent
- AAdvantage Platinum Pro - 9 Miles Per $1 Spent
- AAdvantage Executive Platinum - 11 Miles Per $1 Spent
Resource: Earning Rates For Partner Airlines
Earn With AA Rental Car Partners
AAdvantage Miles can be earned renting with over 10 different car rental and transportation partners. The amount of miles earned will vary, but you can easily earn up to 500 AA miles or more with most of these partners. Do note that some of these car rental agencies do have their own rewards program. Book car rentals through American Airlines may prevent you from earning qualifying rental days with specific programs. Some rental car programs also allow you to earn AAdvantage Miles directly through their program. You can click on any of the car rental programs below (when applicable) to learn more about their rewards program and partners.
AAdvantage Miles members can earn miles renting with:
Earn With AA Hotel Partners
American Airlines AAdvantage Miles can be earned with over 20 different hotel partners. This will be by either setting your earning preference through the hotel's loyalty program directly or by mentioning your AAdvantage Membership Number at the time of checking in. You can click on any of the hotels listed below (when applicable) to learn more about their rewards program and partners.
You can earn AAdvantage Miles Booking hotels with:
- Best Western
- Choice Hotels
- Fiesta Americana Hotels and Resorts
- Hyatt Hotels
- InterContinental Hotels (IHG)
- Langham Hospitality Group
- Marriott Hotels
- Melia Hotels International
- Millenium Hotels and Resorts
- New Otani Hotels
- Okura-Nikko Hotels and Resorts
- Preferred Hotel Group
- Radisson Hotel Group
- Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
- Wyndham Hotels
Earn With AA Programs
American Airlines has travel covered when it comes to booking hotels, vacations, and cruises. They also allow you to earn points through their own dining program and online shopping portal. Below are all the ways you can earn AAdvantage Miles just by using the travel and services that American Airlines offers.
AAdvantage members can earn up to 10,000 AAdvantage Miles per night when booking select hotels directly with through the American Airlines Hotel Portal.
American Airlines Vacations allows you bundle flights, hotels, and car rentals to save money. You can choose from a wide variety of destinations worldwide. It gives you the basic options to adjust price range, star ratings, and distance from nearby cities, and more. Just note that if you take this method and have status with a hotel chain, it's a high chance it will not be honored since you're booking third party.
American Airlines Cruises allows you to book your next cruise and earn AAdvantage Miles per $1 spent. If you're not a big cruise person, it's a good way to earn some additional AAdvantage Miles. They usually have several bonuses throughout the year as well that offer as many as 7 miles per $1 spent on cruise reservations. You can choose from a wide list of destinations all over the world, specify your cruise length and departure date, and select from a pretty hefty list of cruise lines featuring Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and more.
AA Dining Program
The AA Dining Program allows you to earn bonus miles each time you dine at select restaurants. Members will register the credit/debit cards they will be using to dine at restaurants and when you pay using that card, you will earn AAdvantage miles. New members can earn 1,000 bonus miles after spending $25 within the first 30 days of joining. Be sure to double up on rewards by entering a rewards card that earns a good rate on restaurant spend such as the Barclay Uber Card, AMEX Gold Card, or the AAdvantage Platinum Select if you want to earn even more AAdvantage Miles!
AAdvantage members can earn AAdvantage Miles shopping online at popular retailers. Shopping in the AAdvantage eShopping portal and paying with a Citi AAdvantage or Barclays AAdvantage Aviator credit card will earn you even more miles. This portal features about 950 retailers ranging from popular stores to travel. It's worth taking a look through if you're planning on making a purchase and want to earn some AAdvantage Miles while doing so.
In addition to the stores located in their eShopping portal, American Airlines offers bonus AAdvantage Miles with a few specific retailers. Popular options include:
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Emergency Assistance Plus
- Gexa Energy
- Home Depot
- Spafinder Wellness 365
- Susan G Komen Donations
Other Ways To Earn
If you're looking for additional ways to earn AAdvantage Miles outside of their partners, don't forget that you can earn AAdvantage Miles using American Airlines AAdvantage Credit Cards and by transferring rewards to your AAdvantage account from partners. If you're in need of miles sooner than later, they can also be purchased from the American Airlines website. You can read up on the details and cost of buying AAdvantage Miles.
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