I legitimately have a business, or several, but I seem to recall it was iffy at best back when I signed up for American’s Business ExtrAA program.
I seem to recall signing up for all of the small business programs way back when, they’re a way to double dip on rewards when flying (you earn miles and also credits in these programs) and if you’re someone who books a lot of travel for others you can credit their flights to your small business rewards account.
Of course the overall idea is that everyone at a business credits their flights to one account, and the business encourages everyone to use the airline. It’s for small businesses, a rather automated system to encourage business loyalty for companies that don’t rise to the level of travel spend to have an actual account rep with an airline and a discount contract.
THe best welcome kit once upon a time was US Airways which used to provide upgrade certificates in the signup package, some folks maybe 8 years back would sign up for a whole lot of those packages!
American’s program is really quite useful, there are pretty low point rewards like gifting someone gold status (2400 points) or signing up for a year’s AAdmiral’s Club membership (3000 points). The average 100,000 mile flyer should get at least an award like that for their flying, or if you book trips for others you can get there pretty easily (points do expire after a couple of years).
There’s a current signup bonus of 5000 American Airlines miles just for joining the program, which is free to do and takes a few minutes only.
Join at BusinessExtra.com using referral code SME3Q11 to receive the bonus.
Meanwhile, AAdvantage Geek says you can earn half a million American AAdvantage miles for building a million dollar home in Texas. Me, I’ll earn my miles 5000 at a time…
(HT: titans26 on Milepoint.)
Update: Gary from Free Frequent Flyer Miles emails with his take on the promo, which is that it does require flight activity to credit to the new Business ExtrAA account:
This Milepoint discussion tells us how to get 5,000 American Airlines miles for enrolling in this program by December 31, 2011, and having at least two travelers fly using the account by that date. Use referral code SME3Q11 on the page after accepting the terms and conditions. The offer may very well be targeted to only those receiving an email offer for it. But if you are going to enroll anyway, its worth a shot.