Why I did not buy AAdvantage miles during 2017 Black Friday – Cyber Monday promotion?

Snapshot of the AAdvantage buy miles promotion during Black Friday – Cyber Monday long weekend.

Here is my reasoning on why I skipped buying the AAdvantage miles promotion for Black Friday -Cyber Monday 2017.

Our family’s primary use of AAdvantage miles comes for trips to India ,  Asia using Cathay Pacific Business class & possibly for trip to Australia / New Zealand. Finding Business class award seats for 4 is quite challenging for the later option but usually works out great with Cathay Pacific.

Trip to India using AAdvantage miles cost about 70K oneway + Taxes & fees. Taxes & Fees are another reason for us to stick to Cathay for our flight to India & Asia. Qatar & BA are on the higher end for the Taxes & fees. Being based in San Diego, BA provides the one stop option for us to Chennai, India. We use BA award for our parents when they visit us from India to avoid them a hassle of a really long flight & multiple stops considering the travel time averages to be 25hrs.

With the current promotion :

  1. 50K + 27K(bonus ) –  $1615.63
  2. 70K + 48K (bonus) –  $2408.44
  3. 150K + 120K (bonus) – $4786.88

Given that we would need a minimum of 140K miles for RT,  option 2 was the value for money if we needed the miles. $2400 on Amex Platinum would have netted another 10K MR points. If I hadn’t used my $200 redemption on Amex Platinum then that would have reduced my buy point to be $2200.

So for $2408.44+ Taxes & Fee you would have been able to fly Business class on Cathay to India. Typical Business class Airfares booked quite in advance are close to $4K. (1.6 ratio). With Lufthansa starting one stop service from Chennai to San Diego, we are hoping the cost of a business class fare remains at this point or lowers with competition as more & more International carriers add San Diego as their direct destination.

We had finished our India trip for this year in Oct & so not planning to visit home any time soon within the next year, but there is possibility that our family would visit us from India. BA surcharges & fees are about $1100 for a RT to India. So $2408.44 + $1100 will put the total cost to be $3508.44 (1.14). Doesn’t seem to be a great value if BA is the route of choice for our needs in the short term.

We would probably venture buying & accruing miles on AAdvantage when we start our planning for New Zealand trip.

One can always check for latest promotions at AA’s buy miles here. Also keep an eye out for emails for targeted promotions from time to time.

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