Earn a 50% Bonus with American and US Airways

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American and US Airways just announced a great promotion where if you credit the miles earned from your flight to the other airline, you will earn a 50% bonus! So let’s say you take an American Airline flight that would typically earn you 800 miles, if you credit those miles to US Airways instead of American, you will earn 1,200 miles!

Should you take advantage of this promotion?

If you do not have status on either airline and are not looking to earn elite status, I highly recommend taking advantage of this as eventually you will probably be able to transfer miles freely between the two programs and eventually your accounts will roll up into one. Unless you have the need to top off an account to redeem for a specific award now, you should absolutely credit your miles to the other account!

Who should not take advantage of this promotion?

If are a Platinum or Executive Platinum member with American Airlines you will earn a 100% bonus by crediting your miles to American due to your elite status perk, so you should absolutely not credit to US Airways as you’ll only get a 50% bonus. For US Airways elite status members, if you are Gold, Platinum, or Chairman Preferred, you will also earn more bonus points by crediting your flight to US Airways instead of American.

Also, if you are looking to earn status this year, even if you do not have elite status, it is best to stick to one airline. As of right now, you earn status separately on each airline, so the miles earned between the two airlines cannot be combined to earn elite status.

This promotion is valid for flights flown between January 13 and March 2, 2014. You must register for each promotion separately to reap the benefit. US Airways registration page and American Airlines registration page

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  1. What if you’re elite status with AA, and take a US Flight to get 50% bonus with the 100% Plat. Bonus on top of that? Is that the sweet spot in this promotion?

  2. But if you are a Lifetime Gold now rarely flying would you value the bonus miles over the upgrade certs that come after 10,000 miles?

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