3:00PM ET UPDATE: The deal is dead. American says the bonus will be honored. Congrats to all who got in on it.
8:00AM ET UPDATE: View From The Wing has confirmed with American Airlines that this deal is real, valid, and ongoing. The ability for eligible Mastercard credit card holders to earn up to 240 miles per dollar with SimplyMiles is arguably too good to pass up (and you may even be able to deduct the charitable donation from your taxes).
In short, if you are targeted for a 40 miles per $1 donation to Conversation International, with this 5x bonus offer, that adds an extra 200 points per dollar, meaning 240 miles per dollar or $0.004 each (not to mention helping a great charity).
My original thoughts are below. While I still have not done it myself and may even be too late, this does seem to be a legitimate deal. It still seems too good to be true to me.
I’m really on the fence…
When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. When offers include weasel words, it is usually for a reason. I may be missing out on the deal of the lifetime, but I’m simply not going to extend my time and efforts on the latest SimplyMiles promotion from American Airlines.
Hot Deal: American Airlines SimplyMiles Promotion – But Too Good To Be True?
First highlighted by Frequent Miler and also detailed by One Mile At A Time and View From The Wing, the SimplyMiles from American Airlines is a way to earn additional American Airlines miles via an online shopping portal using an eligible MasterCard.
The latest offer is patricianly lucrative:
As a special holiday bonus, through December 27 or while supplies last, earn an additional 5x American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles on every offer site-wide. For example, if you earn 100 miles on a purchase of $30 or more, then you will actually earn 100 miles + 500 bonus miles for a total of 600 miles.
While each account holder may be targeted for different offers, the possibilities are quite intriguing. For example, many are seeing offers from Conservation International for 40 miles per dollar donated.
With a 5X bonus, this offer should yield 240 miles per dollar, an amazing price of $0.004 per point (I value them conservatively at $0.015 each).
To put that in perspective, that would make a JAL First Class award from New York to Tokyo only $320 (80,000 miles x $0.004/mile = $320). Or an American Airlines business class ticket from Los Angeles to London only $230 (57,500 miles x $0.004/mile = $230).
Frequent Flyer does note that is exactly how bonuses posted in 2019, when we last saw this offer (5x the offer, not just five extra miles per dollar).
“While Supplies Last”
But speaking as someone who has been hurt (bigly) by bait and switch offers in my other business, it seems to me the “while supplies last” language is carte blanche tool to wiggle out of honoring this deal with no transparency.
I may be totally wrong. During a different time in life, I’d be totally willing to roll with this, because who doesn’t like traveling in first class literally for pennies on the dollar?
If you’re about to buy holiday gifts or make charitable donations anyway, you have much less to lose. But even screenshots and scrupulous documentation may not help you if an offer is contingent upon “while supplies last” but it is not spelled out how supply is determined in the first place.
We’ll find out soon enough if this deal is real or if it is quickly modified or pulled. When something is almost comically lucrative, I cannot help but to doubt it. While I may be the chump missing out, I’ve chosen to sit this one out…at least for now.
How about you? Will you take advantage of this deal?
image: American Airlines