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AA Business Extra adds partner award redemptions
If you aren’t earning AA Business Extra points, and you’re a small business owner, you really should check out our in depth article on Business Extra. The program allows you to earn 1 point for every $5 you spend on AA, BA, Iberia, and on select FinnAir, JAL, and Qantas flights. These points are in addition to the loyalty program you credit your flights to, and the credit card points you earn when purchasing the ticket. It’s a triple dip on one butt in seat. Up until recently, business extra points were only redeemable on AA flights, the best of which, a 650 point upgrade on domestic segments. Now…you can use business extra, albeit at high cost, on partner awards. Let’s take a look. Hat tip to Ryan who sent me an email about this!
I used 650 business extra point to upgrade a flight between JFK and LAX
650 is the equivalent of $3250 spent; however, there are promotions ( which I’d guess are going to increase ) that can quickly accelerate earning. Hands down…in my opinion…the best use of AABE points.
Here’s a look at American Airlines Business Extra Partner Awards
When you log in and go to “redeem” and “flight awards” the following page loads. It now has “partner awards” listed. Currently, you can redeem on British Airways, Iberia, and AA. However…
You can search and redeem for partner flights as well – note prices are roundtrip
As you can see here…14k roundtrip which could take $70k in spending to earn the points needed. Wowza!
Let’s dig into some zones and see what it’ll cost you…hint: it’s a lot
North America to Europe
North America to Africa
R/T biz is 27k or $135k in spending.
North America to/from Indian Subcontinent/Middle East
Centra/South America to Europe
You can redeem within foreign countries as well:
Within the UK
Out of Europe…
Europe to/from Africa
Europe to/from Indian Subcontinent/Middle East
Europe to/from Asia
Europe to/from South Pacific
Hopefully, they incorporate some upgrade awards at more attractive prices, but if you’re absolutely swimming in business extra points…there are more options now available to you for redemption. I’d also assume that JAL, Qantas, FinnAir, etc will be folded in at some point. Ryan, who alerted me of these options, had seen some Qantas shadow inventory late in the calendar. I couldn’t duplicate it, but I’d guess what he found to be an indication of further partner rollout.
Personally, I’ll continue to earn points on my flights…whenever I fly again, and likely redeem them on domestic one segment upgrades – preferably on the transcon routes. I can’t ever see me using business extra points on partners, but then again, never say never.
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