Nowadays more than half of airline miles are issued through non-flying means, so it’s not unusual for frequent flyer programs to have promotions encouraging members to take advantage of all the partners that airlines have.
American is offering 10,000 bonus miles for partner transactions
Through June 15, 2017, American is offering up to 10,000 bonus AAdvantage miles if you make purchases with four of their partners. Specifically, you can earn:
- 2,000 bonus miles if you make purchases with two partners
- 5,000 bonus miles if you make purchases with three partners
- 10,000 bonus miles if you make purchases with four partners
However, this doesn’t apply to all partners, but rather there are four specific partners participating in this promotion, and there are some terms associated with the purchase:
- 1-800 Flowers
- Vinesse Wines
- AAdvantage Dining — purchase must be at least $25
- AAdvantage eShopping Portal — purchase must be at least $50
No registration is required for the promotion, though be sure you read the full terms & conditions to understand what’s needed in order to qualify for the promotion.
Is the promotion worth it?
I value AAdvantage miles at ~1.5 cents each (strictly for partner airline redemptions, as award availability on American’s own flights is virtually non-existent), so 10,000 miles is worth about $150 to me.
How much would it cost to take advantage of this offer? I guess this can be looked at in terms of the opportunity cost of these purchases, or the actual out of pocket cost of these purchases. Which math makes more sense depends entirely on your typical purchase patterns.
Mother’s Day is next week, so I was going to order flowers anyway, and always do so through a mileage shopping portal. At the moment American is offering 30 miles per dollar spent with 1-800 Flowers if going through this link and using promotion code A54.
On top of that there’s an Amex Offer for $15 off a $50 purchase with them.
So between earning 30 miles per dollar and getting a $15 discount, I actually consider this to be the best deal on getting Mother’s Day flowers anyway.
As far as the AAdvantage Dining bonus goes, there are some decent restaurants in a couple of cities that I frequent that belong to the program, so I shouldn’t have a hard time completing this task. The opportunity cost is very low. If you’re new to AAdvantage Dining, you can even earn an additional 2,000 bonus miles after your first dine of $25. That’s killing two birds with one stone!
As far as the AAdvantage eShopping Portal goes, I try to make most of my purchases online through these portals, and I’d easily spend $50 during the promotion period, so there’s not much opportunity cost there.
So that leaves Vinesse Wines. There’s no way in hell I’d ever pay for one of these services (not even factoring in the challenges of the logistics), so I’d be taking advantage of this exclusively because of the promotion, and won’t place any value on the wine.
They charge $41.95 including shipping for your first shipment of six wines, and you even earn 3,000 bonus miles for that. The 3,000 bonus miles alone should cover the value of the $41.95 you’re spending. Keep in mind that you’ll probably have to cancel after your first shipment since this is a subscription service, and I don’t have any experience with what that process is like.
The way I see it, this is a way to pick up 10,000 almost free miles. I’d use the dining and shopping portals during the promotion period anyway, I need to order flowers for my mom for Mother’s Day, and the wine club offers 3,000 additional bonus miles with the first purchase, which covers the $41.95 cost.
While this promotion won’t make you a mileage millionaire, taking advantage of it is a no brainer for me. However, I realize it might not be quite as easy or economical for everyone — if you wouldn’t otherwise send flowers, if there’s not an AAdvantage Dining restaurant near you that you’d otherwise eat at, etc., the economics of this promotion change.