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1.   1,000 miles for new American Airlines accounts.   Jim (thanks, Jim!) writes in to say that there is a 1,000 mile bonus for new AAdvantage accounts when you use promotion code “ETD10.”  It took 2 months for the miles to post as “NEW MEMBER BONUS – ETDS PROMO.”

2.   Delta Points.   DeltaGoldFlyer aka René is an enthusiastic commenter on many blogs and I’ve often wondered why he did not just get his own blog!  Well, he now has his own blog, Delta Points, where he will explain all things Delta.

3.   No More US Air Miles for Amazon Shopping.  Alert Million Mile Secrets readers Christine, Clay & Slava (thanks!!) pointed out a few days ago that Amazon.com was no longer available on the US Air shopping portal.  Yesterday, View From the Wing explained what happened.  For now, we can earn 1 Hawaiian Airline mile per $1 spent at Amazon via the Hawaiian Airline shopping mall which can be transferred to 2 Hilton Honors points.

4.   1,000 Bonus Miles From AAdvantage Shopping Portal.   Ken (Thanks, Ken!!) writes in to let us know that there is up to a 1,000 mile  bonus when you use the American Airlines shopping portal.   You can also earn double miles with selected retailers including Macy’s (10 miles total).   I’m not a shopper, but I know that my mom and Emily like Macy’s (or is that J.C. Penny’s?)

5.   What do you want?  Cheap flights are great, but don’t expect high levels of service with them.  Scott Mayerowitz writes about the different treatment between first class and economy class passengers.  He writes, “But for the vast majority of passengers, the gap is growing between the front of the plane and the back. That’s because the airlines know what matters to the average traveler. And it’s not caviar.”

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Just an FYI, I signed up for a new aadvantage account and the promotion code ETD10 has expired. It said to call customer service, which I did and they were able to credit me the 1,000 miles. I also saw a promo for 500 miles sign up bonus, using the code go2aa, don’t know if that one is still valid, but you can try your luck or do what I did.

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@Ben – Nice to know, and thanks for sharing!

For the Activity every 18 months, can i use my citi aadvantage cards to buy something or it has to be a purchase from the AA .COM ADVANTAGE account using the miles?

secondly, if I am looking for next big offer from CITI, i better close these citi cards first right?

I can’t get approved for unlimited citi cards i guess?

Thanks

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@jimmy – Miles earned from the credit card will count towards keeping your account active.

oh i dont lose my advantage miles if i close the citi addvantage visa and amex cards? the miles have expiration date?

i really don’t need the citi addvantage cards and only applied to get the miles, i can ask citi to change the card to a different citi card without getting a credit pull for new application right?

or better to close these cards so i can take aadvantage of future similar good citi card deals?

i can’ t apply for many citi cards right?

thanks for advice!

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@jimmy – You have to have activity in your AA account every 18 months to keep the miles alive, but you can get that very easily (shop in the portal, buy miles, redeem for a magazine, dine through the dining program etc.). If you ask Citi to convert the card to another card, you likely will not get the sign-up bonus on that card.

not flying so soon, maybe next december internationally and i rarely fly. i opened the cards in september 2011, by next december i will have to pay annual fee and if i dont use the card till end of next year, won’t they close the cards?

would prefer store or amex/visagiftcards. no hotel stay or car rental either

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@jimmy – If you cancel the card to avoid the annual fee, you’ll still have the miles in your account for use later.

can i get the 1000 miles applied to my existing ADVANTAGE account?

my main question is,

we have 170K american airlines aadvantage miles on each of our accounts,

the trade in rate for GIFTCARDS is so low , 250k miles for $500 AMAZON giftcard? that’s crazy. if we share or sell it, the fee is huge and not worth.

what can i do with the AA ADVANTAGE MILES if i don’t want to use it to fly?

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@jimmy – The 1,000 points is only for new AA accounts. I wouldn’t redeem the AA miles for gift cards, but if you don’t want to fly, you could redeem them for hotel or car rentals as well.

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