How To Spend American Miles


American Miles can be tricky to redeem, however, with flexibility it is possible to get a decent trip out of the miles you have saved up.

As a member of the AAdvantage® program, you’ll earn miles when you fly on American, oneworld® and other participating airlines, as well as over 1,000 partners.

With American’s AAdvantage program, you can collect and spend air miles with any of the OneWorld airlines, in addition to a number of others. Similar to British Airways’ Avios Program, the Advantage Program allows you to collect rewards each time you travel. It’s like how every 12th coffee is free when you collect stamps at some coffee shops.

AA Boeing 737 in flight
With many international flights, the whole world is in reach!

Where can I fly?

You are able to spend AAdvantage points with any OneWorld airline. Most won’t charge you fees to do so. In contrast, British Airways tags a hefty price tag onto reward flight bookings. There are plenty of places to travel, especially with 60,000 AAdvantage points. Paris could be within your reach. For 60,000 points you could book a return trip to see the Eiffel Tower in economy. If business is more your style, a one way trip to Japan or Korea will also set you back 60,000 points.

Depending on which flights you book, you could get 2-4 round trip flights inside the contiguous US for under 60,000 points. This could mean seeing the Seattle Skyhawks one weekend, and the Denver Broncos the next. You can also book New York to Los Angeles flights. A saver fare using points will set you back 32,000 in business, or 50,000 in first.

AA Awards Chart
A chart showing the cost of reward flights from the contiguous US.

What do I need to do?

It can be confusing to book flights using reward points. If you have some pocketed away, here’s how you can spend them.

  1. You need an AAdvantage account
    You need to have an AAdvantage Account before you can spend any points. If you don’t have one yet, it’s easy to open one on the American Airlines website.
  2. Log in to the website
    Make sure you log into the American Airlines website to ensure that you are able to use your points on the booking you are making.
  3. Visit the flight booking page
    You need to visit the flight booking search and make sure that you click the “Redeem Miles” button right at the top of the search.
  4. Search for the flights
    Once you have decided where and when you want to fly, you’ll need to search for your flights. A calendar will appear showing you which days reward flights are available, and how many points they cost. If you are flexible with dates or destinations, it may be worth having a search of several different combinations to get the best value. Once you select a date, you will be shown all of the flight options that day, and the costs associated.
  5. Book the flights
    Now you’ve done all of the hard work, the only thing left to do it to complete the booking process using your details, and wait for the date of your flights!
A weary passenger sleeps on a night flight.
A weary passenger sleeps on a night flight.

If you’re a regular flyer, you can collect plenty of reward points in no time and be on your way sooner than you think!

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