How One Flyer Got 172,261 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles From His Ticket


One of my favourite stories of 2018 is how one frequent flyer beat the system and earned a whopping 172,261 AAdvantage miles from a single airline ticket.

Travel blogger Lucky revealed that one of his readers earned this by registering for a targeted American Airlines promotion offering triple miles on paid First and Business class tickets through early July 2018.

His company then booked him a return trip to London Heathrow during this specified period. He’s an AAdvantage Gold member so he earned 66,623 miles for the outward journey and 105,638 miles for the return journey.

The funny thing was that he had, apparently, registered for the promo and totally forgotten about it. He remembered when he returned home and saw how many miles he had accrued.

If there is a moral to this story it is that you should register for all mile and point promotions (including hotel promotions) regardless of whether you intend to use them or not. A small change of plans could mean you hit the jackpot.

This kind of promotion is a huge incentive for individuals that have to fly a lot for work. Many would avoid travelling if they couldn’t keep their miles and points.

You can read more of this story on One Mile At A Time and here’s how to upgrade on your next American Airlines flight to Business or First Class.

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