AAdvantage Miles Value Calculator

Calculate the cash value of AAdvantage Miles based on different redemptions. Covers redeeming miles for award flights, admiral club, gift cards, and more.

I value AAdvantage Miles at around an average of 1.4 cents each when redeemed for award flights with American Airlines. In addition to be using for AA flights and seat upgrades, they can also be redeemed with partnering airlines, for hotel and car rentals, Admiral Club Membership, gift cards, magazines & newspapers, and a few other smaller options. The best value for AA Miles will always come from air travel with AA and airline partners.

AAdvantage Miles Cash Value

The sections below will cover everything you can use your AAdvantage Miles on and the value you can get out of these redemptions. Not all redemptions listed below will have a designated point value due to prices varying from day to day or some redemptions not showing/having a cash price. For those type of redemptions you can use the AAdvantage Mile Value Calculator to calculate the value of your miles based on price. If you're looking to find out all the different ways you can earn AAdvantage Miles, check out our Earning AAdvantage Miles Guide which covers earning by flying AA, using travel partners, booking vacations and cruises, dining, shopping and more.

Enter any amount of AAdvantage Miles in the field below and the table will calculate the cash value of your AAdvantage miles for all redemptions listed. You can use the Points and Miles Cash Value Calculator to calculate the exact value of your AA Miles based on the cost in cash and the cost in points.

AAdvantage Mile Calculator
AA Award Flights
Average 1.4 Cents
Admiral Club Membership
0.64 to 0.83 Cents [Depends on Status]
$0 - $0
Hotel Stays
0.64 Cents
Car Rentals
0.6 Cents
Gift Cards
$25 for 6,412 Miles (~0.38 Cents)

American Airlines Award Flights

On average, redeeming American Airline AAdvantage Miles will give you a value of 1.4 cents per mile which is pretty good. This is in-line with both Southwest Rapid Rewards Points and United MileagePlus Miles. AAdvantage Miles can be worth more (or less) depending on the redemption with first/business class flights usually giving you the best return due to the cost of these fares. The value of your AAdvantage Miles will vary depending on many factors so if you have a flight or two in mind, you'll want to use the AAdvantage Miles Value Calculator at the bottom of this section.

On the American Airlines website, you can use your AAdvantage Miles for several additional airlines consisting of Oneworld Alliance airlines and other airlines that partner with AA. Those airlines are:

You can use the American Airlines AAdvantage Miles Award Map to find award travel to any destination based on how many miles you have. American Airlines also lists their full Award Chart for main cabin and first class flights around the world. Book Award Flights

aadvantage miles award chart
AAdvantage Miles Award Chart for Main Cabin within the contiguous 48 States.

Redeem For Seat Upgrades

AAdvantage Miles can be used to upgrade your seat on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines. These upgrade can be for yourself or anyone you designate. Upgrades are valid to the next cabin of service and for a single one-way trip with a maximum of three segments. Do note that award tickets and Basic Economy fare tickets cannot be upgraded. The value of AAdvantage Miles for upgrades will vary depending on the flight and other factors. Upgrades within the contiguous 48 states will cost you between 5,000 and 15,000 AAdvantage Miles while some of the bigger upgrades cost up to 25,000 AAdvantage Miles plus $550.

AA seat upgrades
Seat upgrades with AA.

Redeem For Admiral Club Membership

AAdvantage Miles can be used to pay for an Admiral Club Membership. These rates are based on your AAdvantage Status when the membership is purchased, whether or not it's a new membership or a renewal, and if it's an individual membership or one for the whole household. AAdvantage Executive Platinum members will get the best value at about 0.8 cents per AAdvantage Mile, while basic members will only receive around 0.64 cents per mile. As for cash cost, new individual memberships cost between $450 for Executive Platinum members up to $550 for basic members while new household memberships cost between $675 for Executive Platinum members up to $925 for basic members. Membership renewals are $50 cheaper than new memberships. Purchase Admiral Club Membership With AAdvantage Miles

AAdvantage Mile Admiral Club Individual Membership Rates
Cost In Cash and Points.
Membership Type Member Gold Plat Plat Pro Exec Plat
New $550
85,000 Miles
75,000 Miles
70,000 Miles
65,000 Miles
60,000 Miles
Renew $500
75,000 Miles
65,000 Miles
60,000 Miles
55,000 Miles
50,000 Miles
AAdvantage Mile Admiral Club Household Membership Rates
Cost In Cash and Points.
Membership Type Member Gold Plat Plat Pro Exec Plat
New $925
135,000 Miles
120,000 Miles
105,000 Miles
95,000 Miles
85,000 Miles
Renew $875
125,000 Miles
110,000 Miles
95,000 Miles
85,000 Miles
75,000 Miles

Redeem For Car Rentals

AAdvantage Miles can be used to book rental cars for a value of around 0.6 cents per mile. You're able to choose from all of the top rental car agencies such as:

The actual cost per day will vary but most of the standard compact and economy cars bottom out at around 6,500 to 8,500 AAdvantage Miles per day. Some of the higher car type such as Premium and Luxury can cost as much as 68,000 AAdvantage Miles per day which is ridiculous. Book Cars

You can rent a car for more than the cost it takes to fly to Europe.

Redeem For Free Hotel Stays

AAdvantage Miles can be used to book hotels. This will give your AAdvantage Miles a value of about 0.64 cents per mile. Hotels can cost where between 10,000 and 300,000 AAdvantage Miles per night. It all depends on the brand of the hotel, if it's economical or luxury, and the location. As with the car rentals and American Airlines Vacations, you can adjust the minimum and maximum amount of miles you're willing to pay, toggle star ratings and more. Book Hotels

Redeem For Gift Cards

AAdvantage Miles can be redeemed through Points.com for over 50 different types of gift cards that the rate of 6,412 Miles for a $25 gift card. This is a rate of about 0.38 cents per point which is the lowest of these redemptions. Points.com can be used to keep track of all of your reward programs in one place, transfer points and miles between different programs, and redeem miles/points for gift cards. While the redemption for gift cards may not be that good, the site is still useful when it comes to moving or using reward points that risk expiring. I recommend signing up for Points.com and seeing what they have to offer.

Some gift cards start at denominations of $10 and all are redeemable only in the United States.

  • 76 (Gas)
  • AMC Theaters
  • ARCO
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Aeropostale
  • Applebee's
  • Arby's
  • BP
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Boston Market
  • Buca Di Beppo
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cabela's
  • Chevron
  • Chili's
  • Circle K
  • Conoco
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Crutchfield Electronics
  • Dillard's
  • Disney
  • Domino's
  • Exxonmobil
  • Fazoli's
  • Gulf Oil
  • The Home Depot
  • IHOP
  • Kmart
  • Kroger
  • Logan's Roadhouse
  • Lowe's
  • Macy's
  • Marathon
  • Phillips 66
  • Pottery Barn
  • Red Robin
  • Regal Cinemas
  • Ruby Tuesdays
  • Sears
  • Speedway
  • Staples
  • Subway
  • Sunoco
  • TGI Fridays
  • Target
  • Texaco
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • UNO
  • Wendy's
Keep track of your rewards on Points.com

Redeem For Magazines and Newspapers

AAdvantage Miles can be redeemed for magazines and newspapers. The value of your AAdvantage Mile for this redemption will vary, but it will usually be on the high side considering these redemptions don't have a very high cash value. The Magazine Portal is powered by MagsForMiles and the Newspaper Portal by Newspaper Rewards.

Other Redemptions

Lastly, AAdvantage Miles can be used to purchase Lifelock Identity Theft Protection for 2,500 miles for the duration of 6 months. Points can also be donated to Miles For Our Heroes, Miles For Our Well-Being, and Miles for our Social Good.

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