View From the Wing says “American’s holiday gift promotion makes no sense, and is stunning in its lack of generosity.” The Points Guy says “American hyped holiday cheer and gifts, but delivered me disappointment.” But my message to American Airlines is thank you very much for the modest but unexpected holiday gift.
American Airlines Offers Holiday Gift To All Passengers
On Monday, American Airlines teased a special holiday gift to all AAdvantage members. AA also really hyped it up, calling it an “appreciation” gift for my “loyalty” (which was zero flights on AA this year).
Yesterday, I registered for the promotion and was immediately able to view my gift:
500-mile upgrades. Check your Wallet to see your gift.
I liked the plural s on upgrades…and four 500-mile upgrades just showed up. AA also threw in a one-class car upgrade from Avis, though I can only imagine there must be a lot of fine print that will render it worthless.
To find your promotion, login to your AA account and then click “Promotions” followed by the blue “Registration details” button.
Your gift will pop up:
Click “register” if you accept your gift:
I was also presented with a challenge to take four flights in January or February to earn four additional 500-mile upgrades plus 2,000 miles:
Earn 4 additional 500-mile upgrades and 2,000 AAdvantage® bonus miles from January 1 – February 28, 2021:
- Register by December 16, 2020, and before creating a flight reservation
- After you’re registered, book 4 qualifying, eligible flights in Premium Economy, Business, or First for travel on or after January 1, 2021
- After completing your qualifying flights, you’ll earn 4 additional 500-mile upgrades and 2,000 AAdvantage® bonus miles
Now I must admit I’m not going to book even very cheap flights just to earn 2,000 miles or four 500-mile upgrades (that cost $40 each to buy). These 500-mile upgrades do come in handy, especially because AA does not offer complimentary companion upgrades to Executive Platinum members, but United if offering me double credit on flights in January and February…
Thank You American Airlines
Nevertheless, I’m not going to lampoon American Airlines for what was still a gracious and unmerited gift. With all the negative commentary AA has received over this, I wouldn’t be surprised if American Airlines just throws up its hands and says why bother. It should bother…because all else equal, even four 500-mile upgrades makes me more likely to choose AA if I am traveling with a friend or family member.
So thank you American Airlines. Now how about extending Executive Platinum status through 2023? 😉
I’m not going to complain about something that I never asked for and that is at least worth something. And in my case, four 500-mile upgrades is actually quite useful. Thank you American Airlines for the unexpected gift. I appreciate the effort.