I received an email today letting me know that transactions with Nordstrom, Groupon, Sears, and Overstock.com through the AAdvantage eShopping mall will earn 10 miles per dollar spent (typically 5 miles per dollar). The email explains that this is for new AAdvantage eShopping accounts for transactions made between September 6-23. It also states that bonus miles will post to your AAdvantage account within 8-10 weeks after October 8, 2011.
The interesting thing about this offer is that I have an existing account with the AAdvantage eShopping site and when I view the current mileage offers I see 10 miles per dollar as well for these retailers. So while the email suggests that this is only for new accounts, the current system seems to be set up where all accounts (new and existing) will actually receive this mileage bonus. If you purchase with these retailers, I would suggest taking a screen shot of the mileage amount. As we have seen in the past, they can always change the mileage amount at any point and/or not honor any “mistakes” in the system.
My hope is that the miles will actually post in the same time frame as they normally do when using their shopping site. From my own experience, I made an online purchase with Nordstrom on August 24, 2011 and the miles were posted to my account September 15, 2011. I guess it is time to do some more shopping!
Every time I make a purchase online (which is quite often, I must admit), I make sure to use the AAdvantage Shopping Mall. Essentially, all you have to do is select the retailer through the shopping website and it will take you directly to the retailers online site. In essence, you are making the purchase directly with the retailer. This just requires one extra step to get to the desired retailers website. If you do not already have an AAdvantage eShopping account, click here to create one.
Remember, all miles deposited into your account (even from partner opportunities) will count towards your Million Mile status until December 1. This is a huge change from the current program. I posted more about this here. Since I am about 100,000 miles shy of earning Gold status for life, I am trying to do everything in my power to earn more miles. My goal is to get as close to the million mile mark, without actually hitting it. You are probably asking yourself, “Why would she not actually want to hit 1 million miles?!” The reason for this is, once the changes go into effect on December 1, you will earn 35,000 bonus miles once you hit the million mile mark. If I were to go over this mark prior to December 1, I would not earn the 35,000 miles. Since I already have status with American, I am in no hurry to hit lifetime Gold right away and can hold off until 2012 to hit this milestone. Currently, when you earn Gold status for life, you will receive 8 upgrade Stickers. I personally would prefer 35,000 miles over the 8 500-mile upgrade stickers. However, international accounts currently receive 4 system-wide upgrades which can be used to upgrade on international travel. This is a huge offer and in my opinion worth more than 35,000 miles. If you live outside of the US, I would recommend trying to earn your lifetime Gold status prior to December 1, 2011.
UPDATE: A reader commented letting me know that flyers who hit the 1 million mile status in 2011 before the program changes are able to call American customer service and exchange the eight 500-sticker upgrades for the 35K miles (as long as no upgrades were used). You can read more about this here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16992975-post433.html
To learn more about the Gold and Platinum status for life, click here.