5,000 Free Miles from American Airlines

(Hat Tip to The Points Guy for sharing this earlier today.)

(Update: A reader with a better eye for details than I have noticed that the terms and conditions clarify this deal is only for targeted AAdvantage members. Sometimes such rules aren’t enforced. My advice is that you shouldn’t book a speculative trip just to get the miles, but if you were planning to fly American anyway, it doesn’t hurt to sign up since Business ExtrAA is a free program. You may want to sign up anyway and start earning points.)

American Airlines offers a program for business travelers that allows you to earn “points” in an account separate and in addition to your usual AAdvantage miles. The Business ExtrAA program is ostensibly for travelers with two or more employees, though it has long been an open secret that this is not really enforced. I’ve had my own account for a while.

To use Business ExtrAA, book a flight, add your AAdvantage number to get miles and elite status, and add your Business ExtrAA number at the same time to also earn points for the business. The Business ExtrAA account owner can then choose to use these points for things like lounge access or award flights for business purposes or maybe just to reward employees. It’s an easy way to double-dip. Only flights with an American Airlines ticket number (starting in 001…) are eligible. If you book your flights through a travel agency, you may still qualify, but you’ll have to call American to have the Business ExtrAA number added to the reservation.

The Points Guy shares that American is currently offering 2,000 bonus Business ExtrAA points when you sign up for a new Business ExtrAA account using this link and the offer code SME4Q12, and also book $3,000 in eligible purchases my March 31, 2013.

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Business ExtrAA points, as a separate currency from AAdvantage miles, are very valuable. Those 2,000 points are actually enough for a free domestic economy class ticket! Normally you’ll be able to earn about 2 points for every $10 in eligible spend.

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Furthermore, you and anyone you add to the account who travels on an eligible flight by March 31, 2013, will be eligible to earn an additional 5,000 AAdvantage miles. Even if you can’t reach the $3,000 spend requirement above, you can at least use this part of the offer to get an easy 5,000 bonus miles for you and anyone traveling with your Business ExtrAA account number in the next couple months.

I wrote earlier about how being part of Business ExtrAA opens up a few special promotions that aren’t available to most customers. It really is like a separate loyalty program and one you should consider joining (for free!) if you are a frequent American Airline traveler. You can see a full list of BusinessExtrAA awards and their prices by following this link.

Sample awards for domestic travel.

Sample awards for domestic travel.

Partial Terms & Conditions
(see the rest here)

To qualify for the bonus offer, you must enroll in the Business ExtrAA® program and use the SME4Q12 referral code during the registration. Enrollment must occur between December 7, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Travel on American Airlines®, American Eagle® or AmericanConnection® must occur between December 7, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Your company’s Business ExtrAA® account number must be in the reservation to earn credit towards the 2,000 bonus points. Your company must spend $3,000 on eligible travel between December 7, 2012 and March 31, 2013. This offer is available only to the recipients of the email sent by American Airlines to select AAdvantage® members and is valid from December 7, 2012 through March 31, 2013. Promotional bonus points available for new Business ExtrAA customers only; bonus is available one time per customer only.

Scott created Travel Codex after learning how to travel better on a budget during grad school. He now flies over 150,000 miles every year.
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  • http://twitter.com/askmrlee askmrlee

    This sounded great until you read the fine print that says it is valid only to people who received the email.

    • Scottrick

      Whoa, I didn’t catch that either! Sometimes that rule isn’t always enforced, but it is a big if. My advice is: Don’t fly American Airlines just to get the miles.

      But, if you have a trip planned anyway, it won’t hurt to sign up and see if you get the miles anyway. Registering for Business ExtrAA is free and something AA flyers should probably do anyway. If you get 5,000 miles on top, then even better.

  • DL

    If you alone fly, you will NOT get the bonus. Further to reading the fine print:

    “at least 2 travelers (including recipient) must fly using the newly created Business ExtrAA account number between December 7, 2012 and March 31, 2013″