Would You Pay American Airlines For More AAdvantage Miles?

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American Airlines has expanded its AAdvantage Mileage Multiplier tool, allowing passengers checking in online at aa.com or on its mobile site to purchase double or triple miles. The idea is "free" travel faster, but you have to pay.


The option was previously available for several months at American's airport check-in kiosks, and the carrier says customer response has been "overwhelmingly positive."

Mileage Multiplier allows AAdvantage members to boost their balances at the rate of about 3 cents per mile plus 7.5% sales tax.

A passenger flying from Chicago to Dallas would earn normally 802 AAdvantage miles. With the purchase of double miles for $24, the total would be 1,604. With a triple mile purchase, it would be 2,406.

American also sells miles through its Buy AA Miles program at about 2.75 cents per mile plus sales tax, but it also charges a $30 transaction fee.

The carrier is sweetening that deal through the end of the year with a 2,000-mile bonus for every 6,000 miles purchased.

Meanwhile, mileage junkies who would rather eat their way to bonuses, can earn 1,000 by signing up for Delta's SkyMiles Dining program, registering for the Mouthful of Miles bonus and spending $25 at participating restaurants by Dec. 31.

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