American AAdvantage (the loyalty program, not the airline) is celebrating its 35th anniversary by running a sweepstakes and giveaway. Thirty-five entries will each win 350,000 AAdvantage miles — enough for two round-trip business class awards to any destination served by American Airlines or its oneworld Alliance partners. In addition, everyone who enters has a chance to earn 700 miles completely free.
Select your next personal milestone from the dropdown menu when you enter the contest in order to receive 350 miles automatically. This could be a birthday, anniversary, or something else. In my case, my mother is turning 70 this year, and my dad would have turned 70 next year.
After entering you’ll have the option to write a little more about your milestone and include a picture to share on social media. This will provide you with 350 additional miles.
Although entering a sweepstakes is a bit like throwing darts from a 100 feet away, those free miles are still worthwhile. At the very least they’ll help keep your account active and prevent miles from expiring for another 18 months. If you don’t have an airline credit card or plans to travel soon, this is a much better alternative than buying miles or redeeming a few hundred on a magazine subscription.