American Airlines explained how they’ll combine their AAdvantage frequent flyer program with US Airways Dividend Miles today, as part of their merger with US Airways. And it’s generally good news, because not a lot is changing.
Some folks were worried there would be major negative changes, like award tickets costing more miles, or transitioning to a revenue-based program (where you earn miles based on the cost of your ticket and not the distance flown) like Delta and United Airlines have done.
I’m happy to report that American Airlines is not changing their award chart or making any major changes to how you earn miles! Most of the changes will impact folks with elite status.
The New AAdvantage Program: Good News for Most Folks!
Let’s look at what’s changing and what it means for you.
You can earn 4X American Airlines miles or 3X United Airlines miles when you stay at Wyndham hotels through January 16, 2015.
You Get 4X American Airlines Miles at Wyndham Hotels
But is this deal a good enough reason to book a Wyndham hotel?
Folks looking to earn their Southwest Companion Pass (the best deal in domestic travel!) and those interested in saving money at hotels in Europe can get a good deal with this sale on Choice Hotel points.
Until 5:00 pm Eastern Time today, you’ll get a 50% bonus when you buy points through the Choice Hotels website. Normally, you’ll pay $11 per 1,000 points. With this deal, you’ll get 1,500 points for $11, or ~0.73 cents each.
Get a 50% Bonus on Purchased Points From Choice Hotels Today Only
I’ll explain how this flash sale can help you get the best deal in domestic airfare!
Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Andres who let us know about a better offer for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard.
The sign-up bonus for this card is still 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in the 1st 3 months. But you’ll also get 2 American Airlines Admirals Club lounge day passes after meeting minimum spending requirements! The previous offer did not include lounge passes.
And the personal version of this card has also been upgraded to include 2 American Airlines Admirals Club day passes!
Now You Get 50,000 Miles and 2 Admirals Club Lounge Day Passes With the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard and CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard
They’ve also re-designed the card, but the rest of the offer terms and conditions appear to be the same as the previous offer.
Until October 31, 2014, you can get a 20% bonus when you transfer Marriott points to American Airlines.
Normally, the transfer ratio between Marriott points and American Airlines miles is between 2.8 : 1 and 5 : 1, depending on how many points you transfer.
Get 20% More Miles When You Transfer Marriott Points to American Airlines Before October 31, 2014
But with this promotion, you could get a transfer ratio as high as 2.3 Marriott points to 1 American Airlines mile.
Is this a good deal? Let’s find out!