American AAdvantage is offering a bonus on purchased miles through the end of October. The amount of bonus miles you’ll receive depends on the range of miles you purchase.
The sweet spot here is 36,000 miles purchased — to maximize your bonus, your bonus as a percent of miles bought, and also to amortize the $30 fee per transaction over the greatest number of miles.
Even still, once you factor in that $30 fee and also the 7.5% tax on the sale you’re looking at $1094.25 to buy 36,000 miles and receive a total of 46,000. That’s $0.0238 per mile.
This is strategically useful if you need to top off 46,000 to 50,000 miles in your account, or for instance if you need 7500 miles.
But at about 2.4 cents a mile I’m not a buyer to hold and use later. The price would have to be under 2 cents a mile for that for sure (and probably closer to 1.8 cents – and I do highly value my American miles relative to most other currencies though not quite as much as I value Starwood points, Chase points, or American Express points which transfer to a litany of frequent flyer and frequent guest programs).
So while I’m not buying, some of you will find this useful.