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American Airlines AAdvantage

Overall Score 3.5-stars
No. of Daily Flights More than 2,000
Geographic Coverage 5.0-stars
Ease of Earning Free Flight 2.0-stars
Free Flight Options 5.0-stars
Additional Benefits 4.0-stars
About these ratings

Program Review

The American Airlines AAdvantage program benefits travelers based in eastern, central and southern American cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and Dallas, who fly to destinations around the world. As an AAdvantage member, you'll earn miles for every American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection flight. And because American Airlines is a part of the extensive "oneworld" frequent flyer network, you can earn miles for flights on affiliated partner carriers, which include British Airways, Hawaiian Airlines and Qantas. You can also collect miles for everyday purchases if you use any Citi AAdvantage credit card by MasterCard or Visa. And because AAdvantage has a relationship with numerous car rental companies, restaurants and hotel brands, you can earn AAdvantage miles on a variety of travel expenses. Plus, for every elite qualifying mile you collect, you'll earn elite qualifying points to help you achieve AAdvantage's elite membership status and the additional benefits that come with it.

Pros & Cons

  • Can earn miles with more than 1,000 partner companies
  • Rewards can be used for both air travel and hotel stays
  • Miles can be transferred to other AAdvantage members
  • Miles can only be earned for one program per trip
  • Seats for rewards travelers are limited
  • Miles can expire


As an AAdvantage member, you'll earn and redeem miles on American Airlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection and oneworld partner airline flights. You may also earn miles for everyday purchases made with your Citi AAdvantage MasterCard or Visa credit card, and on hotel stays, car rentals and dining expenses with any of American Airlines' partners.

Can Points Expire? YES

Can Earn Points On...

  • Air Travel
  • Hotel Stays
  • Credit Card

Can Use Points On...

  • Booking Flights
  • Cabin Upgrades
  • Hotel Stays
How to Earn and Use Points»

Membership Levels

The AAdvantage program is split into two categories: the basic AAdvantage membership and the elite status level membership. The elite status membership is further divided into three classes: Gold, Platinum and Executive Platinum.

How Membership Works»

The Fine Print

  • AAdvantage miles will expire if your account shows no activity for 18 months.
  • Miles that have expired can be reactivated for a fee.
  • There are no age restrictions when it comes to enrollment in the program.
  • There is no cap on miles you can earn as a Citi AAdvantage credit card holder.
  • Partner airlines do not necessarily offer the equivalent number of miles as American Airlines; earning rates vary by participating airline.
  • For every 500 miles flown, you will be eligible to receive a free upgrade (different upgrade rules apply to elite members).
  • Rewards flights must be booked at least two hours in advance on the American Airlines website. You must input your membership number at the time of booking.
  • Miles will only be awarded for one seat per flight, regardless of the number of seats purchased.
  • If you change your reward reservations prior to ticketing, you will not be charged; however, if your tickets are reissued, service fees may apply.
  • AAdvantage miles do not cover taxes or fees (unless otherwise specified as an elite-status privilege).

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