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I just received an email from American Airlines Business Extra program regarding a 20th anniversary promotion. It allows members to earn enough points ( 650 ) for a one-segment upgrade by flying one flight within 30 days of registering. It’s a pretty straight forward offer and if you’re part of the Business Extra program ( or would will be) I don’t really see why you wouldn’t take part in it. In fact, because it’s 650 points, you wouldn’t even have to use the points for a one-segment upgrade and could save them for a different redemption. I’ll definitely take part in AA’s Business Extra promotion offering enough points for a free upgrade after one flight.
What is the Business Extra program?
It is a separate and parallel AA loyalty program designed for small businesses and their employees. It allows bulk employee travel to accumulate miles in a central account to be redeemed for various AA awards and perks. You and your employees will continue to earn miles in your/their AAdvantage accounts. It’s basically earning two currencies of AA miles in one flight. If you aren’t enrolled, I’d highly recommend doing it.
You don’t even have to be a current member. You can enroll and take part
The Terms and Conditions of this promotion.
- 650 bonus points. Enough for a BXP1 ( one segment upgrade)
- Must enroll between 2/23 and 3/31 2017
- Use the code BX20UPGWELCOME
- 1 qualifying flight within 30 days of registering
- AA ( 001), BA (125) and Iberia(075) flights qualify
There are certain restrictions on which flights you can redeem your one-way upgrade: here they are
As you can see, points can be use to upgrade EXCEPT B,N,O,Q or S fares buckets
So yes, you can use those points to upgrade to a lie-flat transcon.
OR save the points for an international one-way upgrade. Again excluding B, N, O, Q, or S fare buckets.