Calculate The Cost of Buying American Airlines Miles

Buying Points & Miles
You can buy up to 150,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles per calendar year for 3.7625 cents each. Calculate the cost based on how many miles you're looking to buy and get the details on how to buy miles.
Last Updated 2022-08-04 By R.Flowers III

If you're short on AAdvantage Miles, you can purchases miles directly from the American Airlines website. Since AA is not a major transfer partner of any of the top banks, buying miles is a quick route to top off your account.

Cost to purchase AAdvantage miles

American Airlines miles will cost you 3.7625 cents per mile to purchase, no matter how many miles you purchase. The standard rate on American Airlines miles are shown in the table below.

Purchasing AAdvantage Miles
AAdvantage Miles Cost
Cost Per Mile
2,000 - 150,000 Miles 3.7625 Cents

In terms of limits, you can purchase as little as 2,000 AAdvantage Miles and as many as 150,000 AAdvantage Miles in a single transaction.

Buying the minimum of 2,000 AAdvantage Miles will cost you $64.50 and buying the maximium of 150,000 AAdvantage Miles will cost you $4,837.50.

You can buy up to 150,000 AAdvantage Miles in a single transaction and up to 150,000 AAdvantage Miles per calendar year. This may change depending on buy point promotions during the calendar year.

AAdvantage Miles Purchase Limits
AAdvantage Miles Per Transaction
Minimum Purchase 2,000 Miles
Maximum Purchase 150,000 Miles
Maximum Purchase Per Year 150,000 Miles

American Airlines buy miles calculator

If you're looking to buy AAdvantage Miles at the standard rate, the calculator below can give you an idea of how much buying miles may cost you.

Do note that the cost of AAdvantage Miles can change at any time, so you'll want to log into your AAdvantage account and check their Buy Miles page to see the most up-to-date cost.

Enter how many AAdvantage Miles you want to buy to see the estimate cost at the standard rate.
Miles
Total Cost
3.7625 Cents Each
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When to purchase AAdvantage miles

The most common reason for purchasing AAdvantage Miles is to top of your AAdvantage account when you're a few miles short of a redemption. While it can be rather expensive to buy a couple thousand miles, you'll typically still come out ahead if you have a solid redemption lined up.

Another reason in which is makes sense to purchases AAdvantage Miles is if you find a redemption that will give you more value than what you paid for them.

There are redemptions on American Airlines and partner flights, especially in Business/First Class, that can give your miles more than 3.7625 cents in value. When this is the case, purchasing miles can be very well worth it.

Just be sure to find a good redemption and run the calculations before you purchase AAdvantage Miles.

How to purchase AAdvantage miles

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles can be purchased directly from the American Airlines website. You will be asked to log in so be sure that you have your AAdvantage credentials handy.

You will need to log in if you're buying miles for yourself.

Once you're logged in, American Airlines will show you your AAdvantage account number, email, mileage balance and how many miles your eligible to buy. You'll also see the option to select how many miles you wish to purchase and to specify whether or not you're gifting the miles to someone else. You can buy between 2,000 and 150,000 AAdvantage Miles in a single transaction in 1,000-point increments. If a sale is going on, AA will let you know how much you saved and/or how many bonus miles you earned.

Remember that you can only buy so many miles per calendar year.

Once you select how many miles you wish to buy, American Airlines will calculate the total charges which consists of the cost of the miles, federal excise tax, and any processing charges that may apply. GST/HST will apply for residents of Canada.

These AAdvantage Miles will cost me about 2.52 cents each once taxes are added.

If you select the option to gift miles, you will be asked to enter the recipient's information. This includes:

  • First and Last Name
  • Email (optional)
  • AAdvantage Number
  • Personal Message (optional)
You will need at least the recipient's name and AAdvantage Number to gift them miles.

Regardless of whether you're gifting miles or buying them for yourself, you'll be asked to enter your credit or debit card information. If you're logged in, most of your personal information will be filled in. Do note that if your debit card always requires a PIN (as in you can't go to the store and select credit as an option with your debit card), it will not be accepted. You can select from the following card types to purchase AAdvantage Miles:

  • AA Credit Card
  • Discover (US Only)
  • MasterCard
  • VISA
  • American Express
  • Diners Club International
  • JCB
  • Universal Air Travel Card
Address info is auto-populated if you're signed in.

Once you hit continue, you will be taken to the next page to review your purchase. It will list your information, the credit card billing information, and the total charges. Once you agree to the terms and conditions and hit 'Pay Now' you will be charged.

Review the detail, agree to the terms, and buy your miles.

Purchased points will usually post to your account (or the person they were gifted to) right away, but it can take up to 8 hours for processing.

Best ways to earn AAdvantage miles

If you find yourself frequently short on AAdvantage Miles, you should consider picking up one of AA's co-branded credit cards. They offer solid intro bonuses that can net you a great amount of miles and allow you to earn AAdvantage Miles on your everyday spending.

American Airlines AAdvantage MileUpâ„  Card

The American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card earns 2 AAdvantage Miles per $1 spent on American Airlines purchases and at grocery stores, and 1 miles per $1 spent on all other purchases. The card offers 25% off in-flight purchases of food and beverage purchases aboard AA-operated flights and has no annual fee.

Intro Bonus: Earn 10,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles and a $50 statement credit after making $500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®

The Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard is the best option if you want access to Admiral Club lounges.

Lounge membership would cost you $650 if you were to purchase it directly through American Airlines, but you can pick up this card for an annual fee of $450 and get Admiral Lounge membership along with several additional benefits such as free checked bags for you and those traveling with you, up to $100 towards a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application, and priority perks which includes priority check-in, screening, and boarding privileges.

Intro Bonus: Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases on the card within the first 3 months of account opening.

FAQ

Can you buy miles for American Airlines?

Yes. You can buy AAdvantage Miles directly from the American Airlines Buy Miles page.

How much does AAdvantage Miles cost?

Depending on how many miles you purchase, AAdvantage Miles will cost you 3.7625 cents.

How many AAdvantage Miles can you buy in a transaction?

You can buy a minimum of 2,000 and a maximum of 150,000 AAdvantage Miles per transaction.

How many AAdvantage Miles can you buy per year?

You can buy up to 150,000 AAdvantage Miles per calendar year.

Can you gift AAdvantage Miles?

Yes. Gifting AAdvantage Miles will cost the same as buying them. You can gift up to 150,000 AAdvantage Miles per calendar year.

Can you transfer AAdvantage Miles to other members?

Yes. You can transfer up to 200,000 to another American Airlines AAdvantage member per calendar year.