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Bask Bank: Earn 2.5x American miles per dollar deposited + up to 20k bonus or 5.1% APY

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Bask Bank used to give 1 AA mile per dollar deposited. When interest rates started to climb, they upped that to 2x per dollar, and as the Fed kept hiking, they increased it once again to 2.5 American Miles per dollar deposited. It’s been there for almost a year, and I took advantage of this deal in 2023.

Now, they are offering a tiered bonus depending on how much new money is deposited, up to 20k AA Miles. This could be an easy way to accumulate miles for a special trip down the road. Note that Bask also assesses a $0.0042 cent per mile cost, so your tax consequence is substantially lower than earning cash interest. I have no affiliation with Bask aside from actually taking advantage of both the AA mileage account and their 5.1% interest account.

Bask Bank

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Deposit Amount Miles Awarded
Deposit between 6/1/24 and 8/31/24 180 consecutive days later…
$50k 20,000

Terms

  • Must be a new account or new deposit
  • Deposit between 6/1/24 and 8/31/24
  • Must fund account within 15 days of opening
  • Must leave the new deposit In the account for 180 consecutive days
  • Miles are awarded roughly 8 to 10 days after the 180 consecutive days, but could take up to 6 to 8 weeks to populate in your AA account.

Do miles count as loyalty points I.e. do they help with status?

No they do not. They only count as redeemable miles and don’t count toward status or million miler status

When do my miles hit my AA account?

Miles are credited the 5th business day of every month on a pro-rated daily basis. Whatever you take in or out will be pro-rated and paid on the 5th business day of the following month

Example: $100k in average deposits at the end of June = 250k annual miles

  • July 5th, if you had 100k balance from June, you’d get a 20,833 mile deposited in your account

How will my AA miles be taxed / Will I receive a 1099

According to Bask, the miles you receive will be assessed a value of $0.0042 cents per point. At the rate of 2.5 per dollar deposited this is a little over 1% APY.

Seeing as though the redemption value of AA miles are more like 1.5 cents, you’re earning about 3.75c per point on the redemption side ( higher if you use on partners ) and only paying tax on a fraction of that.

Do I have a Bask Bank Account?

I do have both a Bask Mileage and Bask Interest Savings accounts. I held my AA mileage account for a while and then decided to open an interest savings account so that some of my business income could sit in a higher yielding savings account until tax day.

With the bank failures we saw last year, spreading deposits over $250k across a number of banks would help with FDIC, but I’m also able to redeem my AA Miles usually over 2 cents a piece.

2.5 miles per dollar = roughly 5% return on my deposits which is in line with the 5.10% a Bask Savings account is paying however the biggest difference is that the miles would be taxed at a much lower amount than the cash.

How much do normal Bask savings accounts earn in APY?

As of June 2nd… 5.10% APY

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Overall

I don’t have any affiliation with Bask Bank, but this is a way that you could earn some extra miles without opening a credit card, and then if you wanted to…down the line move it to a savings account with a very high yield.

Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

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Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

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Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

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Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

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3 Comments

  • Harsh May 4, 2023

    any word on how long someone would theoretically have to keep their money there?

  • Lars May 4, 2023

    I seldom get 1.5 cents per AA mile. Granted I tend to fly them domestically where values are not the best.

    It’s now easy to earn 5% cash in savings. Hard to beat.

    Sure, there’s the favorable taxable valuation of the Bask miles, but I’d have to be in the top tax bracket or darn near it for the break even point to get close.

    • Miles May 4, 2023

      Yeah, definitely not for everyone, but could be right for some and worth a look

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