The Crocodile Dundee obsession may have died out two decades ago (three decades?), but American is announcing a new promotion to Australia, anyway. And, just for good measure, they’re throwing in New Zealand.
Up to 50,000 Bonus Miles
American is offering a promotion that we see frequently: bonus miles to a particular destination during what it anticipates to be a slow period. This one will get you up to 50,000 miles for going Down Under (or coming back) between February 1 and May 31 on a non-stop flight. You have to be on a paid ticket and fly on American metal or a flight with an American code (such as a Qantas flight that comes with an American number; if you’re unsure, check with customer service). Sorry, previously booked tickets aren’t eligible. You must book a new one from October 21 to December 31.
But How Good A Deal Is It, Really?
Okay, let’s look at the above chart.
First, the good news: They’re basing it on one-way segments, not round-trips. So if you’re not planning to come back from your destination, that’s good news. Likewise, you only need 1.5 round-trips to get the job done, not three.
Here’s the bad news: The reward just isn’t that great. With AA moving to a system based on dollars spent, that bonus will represent a very small percentage of what you actually earn, given the cost of a ticket to Australia/New Zealand (particularly in a premium class).
In other words, don’t schedule any trips just to take advantage of this promotion.Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your Social or Promotions boxes!
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