At the time of writing this post, there are a few great offers from Citi for the American AAdvantage suite of credit cards. The best, in my opinion, is the CitiBusiness®Platinum Select® World Mastercard® (non-affiliate link) which offers a 70,000-mile signup bonus after spending $4,000 in the first 4 months of account opening ($1,000 per month — easy).
If Business credit cards are not for you, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Card (non-affiliate link) comes with a 60,000-mile signup bonus after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of account opening.
If you applied for any of these cards, here are some places you could go to put those miles to use.
Round-trip to Europe in Economy
At just 30,000 American miles each way in Economy, redeeming miles to Europe on American is a nice value. Some cities, such as New York, have very competitive fares to Europe so using miles may not be the best way to maximize, but in cities like Philly where competition is low and prices are high, redeeming makes a ton of sense.
When booking or using ExpertFlyer to find award space, look out for MileSAAver awards only as these will get you the 30,000-mile rate.
One-way to Europe in Business
At just 57,500 AAdvantage miles each way, redeeming for business class to Europe is a solid option. Just be wary of exorbitant taxes and fees you’ll pay if you visit countries like the UK!
One-way to Japan in Business
For 60,000 American miles, you can fly Business Class to Japan on a great airline like JAL on the 787 Dreamliner. Unfortunately, JAL flights are not bookable via AA.com so you’ll either have to use British Airways or Qantas to find the award space. With the recent troubles of British Airways’ website, your best bet is to search Qantas.
Once you find open space on JAL via Qantas’ website, call American Airlines reservations (1-800-433-7300) to book.
One-way to Tahiti/Bora Bora in Economy
Using American miles on Air Tahiti Nui to get to Bora Bora is a great option. It’ll cost 40,000 AAdvantage miles for a one-way trip in economy. Just note that before you book, Air Tahiti Nui will only get you to Faa’a International Airport, Tahiti (PPT) in Papeete. To get to Bora Bora you will still have to connect via an airline like Air Tahiti or on a ferry which is not advisable as it takes roughly 13 hours.
The routing for this flight is Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete (PPT) and is operated by Air Tahiti Nui on an Airbus A340, for now.
In order to book, you’ll have to call American Airlines reservations (1-800-433-7300) and feed some information to the agent. To find award space, I recommend using ExpertFlyer.
In this case there is one seat available in economy. Give American a call and if they have trouble booking, let the agent know you see a seat available in the ‘U’ booking class.
Four (4) Round-trips 500-miles or less
For those of you that live in high-density areas, short trips may be your bread and butter. You can use your AAdvantage miles on flights less than 500 miles for only 7,500 miles each way (total of 15,000). This is good for four round-trips!
To find which cities fall in your 500-mile radius, go here. As you can see, I have some nice options from Philly such as Boston, Montreal, and Charlotte.
Have any trips in mind? Where do you want to visit?