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Nov 18

American’s Holiday Miles Offer Comes From Scrooge

Way back when, US Airways used to offer a partner offer called the Grand Slam promotion. The object was to earn miles through as many of its partners as possible and, based on the number you used, you earned miles. The top prize was 100,000 miles and it was always fun to see how little money you could spend with its partners to earn the 100,000.

The American Airlines Version


I was excited to see American bring what appeared to be a similar promotion, as I received an email offering me up to 50,000 points by earning through their partners.

But this new evolution of the promotion is not nearly as good as the old one. Not only can you only earn 50,000 miles but the cost to accumulate the miles is much higher. They only give you ten partners to use, and you have to do something with every one of them.

Some of them are easy. For instance, one partner is “Miles for Opinions” and requires you to take a couple of surveys.

Others are more difficult. For example, one requires earning miles with Sprint (Does anyone even have Sprint anymore?), while a different one makes you sign up for the wine delivery service.

The Bottom Line: As promotions go, this one really trails its predecessor.


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