How To Use 75k AA Miles
75,000 AAdvantage miles from American Airlines can get you pretty far and in a lot of comfort. Right now, you can earn 75,000 AAdvantage miles with just one welcome offer from the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® after spending $3,500 in the first three months of account opening. The card has an annual fee of $99, which is waived for the first 12 months. This current limited time offer is a 50% increase over the card's standard offer.
American Airlines has very few transfer partners so padding your account balance is difficult. And although AA has now adopted fully dynamic pricing for its own awards, partner awards remain unaffected. This is where American's AAdvantage program truly shines. So with this new and exciting offer, I figured I would share some ideas on how to use 75k AA miles.
Q Suites To The Middle East & India (Including The Maldives)
Right off the bat, American offers one of the best sweet spots for flying Q Suites. American Airlines charges just 70,000 miles one-way between the US and the Middle East and India. American includes the Maldives and Sri Lanka in its definition of Middle East and India.
We tend to focus on Q Suites because it's such a cool product. But AA also partners with Etihad. This means you can fly Etihad to the Middle East or India (and yes, also the Maldives) for the same prices above in business class.
While American Airlines' pricing for these routes is fantastic, keep in mind that AA does not allow stopovers. According to American's rules, you cannot have a layover longer than 24 hours. That said, you can still do a good deal of sightseeing in Doha or Abu Dhabi with just a few hours.
Business Class To Africa
American Airlines charges just 75k AAdvantage miles between the US and Africa one-way in business class on partner airlines. In addition to Qatar Airways, you can redeem your 75,000 miles on other oneworld partners like Royal Air Maroc and Royal Jordanian. Etihad remains another good option as well.
Etihad First Class (Apartment) To Europe
Etihad's famous first class cabin on its A380 aircraft, also known as the “Apartment”, is one of the best first class products in the world. Etihad had grounded its entire A380 fleet at the start of the pandemic and their CEO even suggested that those planes would never return to service. Thankfully, Etihad reversed course and announced the return of some of its A380s on routes between Abu Dhabi and London, Paris, and Sydney starting in the summer of 2023!
Redeeming AA miles to fly the Apartment can be a steal. AA charges just 62,500 miles for first class flights between the Middle East and Europe. So you can snag a seat in the Etihad Apartment between Abu Dhabi and London or Paris and still have some AA miles left over.
Japan Airlines Business Class To Japan
Fellow oneworld partner Japan Airlines offers a terrific business class product. Derrick raved about it when he flew home from Bali. For flights between US/Canada and Japan, AA charges just 60,000 miles one-way in business class. It's no wonder that when JAL availability pops up, we make a big deal about it.
JAL flies to several airports in North America, which helps with finding availability. JAL offers non-stop service to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver.
First Class Between Japan & Australia
This is one comes out of left field, but bear with me. For travel in first class between the South Pacific (including Australia) and Japan (or Korea), American's award chart requires 60,000 miles one way. This means you can enjoy 10 hours of JAL or Qantas first class between Sydney and Tokyo for less than a welcome offer on a new card. And if you're willing to settle for business class, you can grab a seat for just 40,000 miles one-way.
How To Use 75k AA Miles: ToP Thoughts
This limited time offer of 75,000 miles on the Citi AA Platinum Select card is excellent for those over 5/24. There are no shortage of options for what you can do with 75,000 miles on American Airlines' many partners. These are just some ideas out of the many sweet spots you can discover by studying American's partner award chart.
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