Earn 650 American Airlines Business Extra Points — But Hurry

As a way of celebrating 20 years of the American Airlines Business Extra program — which is a complimentary business travel rewards and incentive program completely separate from the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program designed to help small and medium-sized companies to reduce their travel costs — you can earn 650 points after just one flight, with which you can enjoy the amenities and comforts of traveling in the premium class cabin with a one-segment upgrade award that is valid either for travel within North America or between North America and Hawaii or the Caribbean.

Earn 650 American Airlines Business Extra Points — But Hurry

If your company is an existing member of the Business Extra incentive program, you must register for this promotion using code UPGRADE and fly as a passenger using your Business Extra account number between Wednesday, May 31, 2017 and Saturday, September 30, 2017 in order to qualify for the 650 bonus points offer. Qualifying companies may earn a maximum of 650 bonus points via this offer, which cannot be combined with other Business Extra promotional offers.

If your company is not yet a member of the Business Extra incentive program and you want to take advantage of this offer, you must enroll in the program between Wednesday, February 22, 2017 and Sunday, December 31, 2017 and use referral code BX20UPGWELCOME during enrollment. Your company must complete a minimum of one qualifying flight within 30 days of enrolling in the Business Extra program.

If an upgrade of one class for an aforementioned flight is not for what you want to redeem your 650 Business Extra points, you can either redeem 300 Business Extra points for a day pass to an Admirals Club; or you can save your points until you have accumulated enough to redeem to select from one of the other rewards available from this chart — but remember that Business Extra points expire on December 31 of the year two years after the year in which the travel for which the points were awarded took place. For example, points earned for travel during January 2018 through December 2018 will expire on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

Select Terms and Conditions

The upgrade is based on One-Segment Upgrade award BXP1, which is valid within North America or between North America and Hawaii or the Caribbean. All taxes and fees — including reservation fees — assessed at the time of ticketing are the responsibility of the passenger.

This promotion is valid for travel on purchased, eligible, published-fare tickets on eligible flights booked in eligible fare classes for travel on American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia, ticketed on American Airlines (001), British Airways (125), and Iberia (075) ticket stock. This promotion is also valid on purchased, eligible, published-fare tickets on eligible codeshare flights operated by Japan Airlines, Qantas Airways or Finnair, ticketed on American Airlines (001) ticket stock.

The Business Extra account number of your company must be in the reservation of the traveler to earn points. American reserves the right to exclude or modify specific fare types in all or specific markets from its calculation of flown revenue. Retroactive ticket requests may not be eligible for promotional Business Extra points.

Other details, terms and conditions apply — including those of the Business Extra incentive program. For additional information — including the aforementioned full terms and conditions — you can also contact Business Extra Customer Service via e-mail message at business.extra@aa.com; or you can call 1-800-457-7072 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 in the morning through 7:00 in the evening Central Time from within the United States and Canada).


I have been the recipient of e-mail communications from the Business Extra incentive program since July of 2013; and prior to the latest e-mail message which I recently received, the only other mention of this promotion was included in the edition of the Business Extra newsletter which I received back on Thursday, February 23, 2017 — and it is the one e-mail message that I did not manage to open; so I apologize for not alerting you to this offer sooner.

The bad news is that this offer is not retroactive because the Business Extra account number of your company must have been in the reservation of the traveler to earn Business Extra points…

…but the good news is that you can still register through Saturday, September 30, 2017. Your company will earn the 650 Business Extra points if you or someone else in your company travels within 30 days of registering for this promotion.

This promotion is not as lucrative as this offer in March of 2014 with which you could have earned up to 1,300 Business Extra points — that is double the points of this offer — but it is certainly better than nothing; so if you are associated with a company which participates in the Business Extra program of American Airlines, you should consider taking AAdvantage of this offer.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

5 thoughts on “Earn 650 American Airlines Business Extra Points — But Hurry”

  1. Peter says:

    According to AA Business Extra website, the UPGRADE promo eded 8-30-17. So its not longer valid…

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      The information found at the link provided in the very first sentence of this article states otherwise, Peter.

      Look under the Already a Member section:

      “You’ll earn 650 points when you register using code UPGRADE and fly between May 31, 2017 and September 30, 2017.”


      Promotions with conflicting information really irk me…

  2. Peter says:

    Oh I see, well there are a couple of hiccups here. First of all, the promo code you mentioned is different to the one on the website. here UPGRADE website: BX20UPG2.
    Yes you are right the link states until September 30th. However when I registered for Promo UPGRADE it showed it will end of August and now I double-checked and it shows as well Sept 30th.

    Weird weird. Thats why i was so confused…

    Interesting is also that it states in the first link in your post that you have to fly between may 31st and september 30th. Well I got my points credited on 4-24, even before the actual start of the promo. I registered for it in february.

    Completely weird…

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I agree with you, Peter — incredibly bizarre…

      …but to me, what is important is that you benefit from this promotion.

      1. Peter says:


        I try to get on another AA flight before the end of the month and see if I can double-dip. That would be sweet and gets me closer to my first reward…

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