AAdvantage is the frequent flyer of American Airlines. AAdvantage let you book one-ways awards ticket (at half price of roundtrip) on their own airline, Oneworld partner airlines, and other non-Oneworld partner airlines. Through 2nd November 2017, you can buy AAdvantage Miles with bonus up to 35,000 miles and 10% off.
Similar with current United’s offer, this is a tiered promotion. You can find the tier below:
You will get the optimum value of this deal if you buy 80,000 miles, which will give total 110,000 miles including bonus and will cost you about IDR 32,000,000.00. Your account should be aged 30 days old to be eligible for this deal. Also, you only able to buy miles maximum 150,000 miles per calendar year (pre bonus).
In my opinion, there is some sweet spot if you traveling with AAdvantage miles from Indonesia:
- Indonesia is categorized as Asia Region 1. You can traveling inside this region for 22,500 miles one-ways in business class of Cathay Pacific or Malaysia Airlines.
Malaysia Airlines A330 Business Class
- Indonesia to India Subcontinent/Middle East for 40,000 miles in business class of Qatar Airways or Etihad Airways.
Qatar Airways Business Class
- Indonesia to Mainland US (Contiguous 48 U.S. states) in Cathay Pacific business class for 70,000 miles.
Cathay Pacific Business Class
You can find completed award chart for partner airlines here.
Unfortunately, not all airlines partner can be booked through their website. Please find airlines partner which can be booked online below:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Qantas Airways
- Royal Jordanian Airlines
Other than partner airlines mentioned above, you should contact AAdvantage call center. For traveler from Indonesia, you can call +65-634-9844. Phone booking will cost you around IDR 600,000.00 for international Travel. It is possible (but not always) to have this fees waived if you ask nicely, and be sure to inform the airlines representative if the awards can not be booked online thus this fee shouldn’t apply.
Also, be aware that American charges a close-in booking fee around IDR 1,100,00.00 for awards booked within 21-days of departure. This fee also applied for to ticketing changes inside 21-days window.
In my opinion, business class award cost is still pretty reasonable. If you have any short term plan, this promotion might give you a good value.
Remember, American allow you to hold award ticket reservation for five days. So, you will have time to think whether you will buy miles through this promotion or not.
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