What is Good About the Holiday Gift 2020 For Every Member of American Airlines AAdvantage — Plus Targeted Promotions

American Airlines ensured that every member of its AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program received a gift by heavily promoting it — but in case you still have not heard about it, you can log into your AAdvantage membership account and accept the gift which you received…

What is Good About the Holiday Gift 2020 For Every Member of American Airlines AAdvantage — Plus Targeted Promotions

…but you only have until Wednesday, December 16, 2020 to register to accept the gift and subsequent targeted promotion, which could be any two of the following items:

  • 100 bonus AAdvantage miles
  • 250 bonus AAdvantage miles
  • One coupon good for a preferred seat
  • Two 500 mile upgrades
  • Four 500 mile upgrades
  • 1,000 Million Miler miles
  • One Admirals Club pass
  • One coupon good for a Main Cabin Extra seat
  • Car class upgrade plus double AAdvantage miles with Hertz
  • Car class upgrade with Avis
  • One 500 mile upgrade with American Airlines plus one car class upgrade on Avis
  • Four additional 500-mile upgrades and either:
    • 500 AAdvantage bonus miles when booking four qualifying, eligible flights
    • 2,000 AAdvantage bonus miles when booking four qualifying, eligible flights in Premium Economy, Business, or First class
  • Double AAdvantage miles for travel between January 1, 2021 and February 28, 2021 — and any additional eligible flights — when you book either:
    • Four qualifying, eligible flights in Premium Economy, Business, or First class
    • Two qualifying, eligible flights for travel

What I Received: The Verbatim Text of My Offer

Click on the image for an enlarged version. Source: American Airlines.

We want to thank you for being our greatest gift, so we’re giving a holiday gift to all our AAdvantage® members. It’s our way of saying thank you for your loyalty and for letting us be a part of your future travel plans.

Your gifts:

1 Preferred seat coupon and a car class upgrade + double miles with Hertz (Restrictions apply.)

To claim your gift, register by December 16, 2020. (Your seat coupon will be deposited into your account within 24 hours.) And, for a limited time, rent a car with Hertz and enjoy an upgrade, plus double miles.

For more details and to reserve your car rental, visit hertz.com/AAHoliday.

After registering you’ll automatically earn 1 entry into Our Greatest Gift Sweepstakes. (U.S. residents only. Official Rules apply.)

Your registration will also unlock a promotional bonus offer to kick-start 2021 by earning even more rewards.

Earn a Main Cabin Extra seat coupon from January 1 – February 28, 2021:

  • Register by December 16, 2020, and before creating a flight reservation
  • After you’re registered, book 2 qualifying, eligible flights for travel on or after January 1, 2021
  • After completing your qualifying flights, you’ll earn a Main Cabin Extra seat coupon

Register to claim your holiday gift. By registering, you’ll also receive an entry and agree to the official rules in Our Greatest Gift Sweepstakes.

Our Greatest Gift Sweepstakes

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Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

“This holiday season we’re giving a complimentary gift to all our AAdvantage members to show our appreciation for being the reason why we fly – this year and every year. It’s our way of saying thank you for your loyalty and for letting us be a part of your future travel plans, whether you’re flying to explore new places or reuniting with familiar faces.”

Simply log in to your AAdvantage membership account and go to the Promotions tab to register by Wednesday, December 16, 2020 to claim your holiday gift and be automatically entered for the chance to win a prize in Our Greatest Gift Sweepstakes once you have registered — then check back on Friday, January 1, 2021 for a chance to earn even more rewards.

Once you register to claim your free gift by Wednesday, December 16, 2020, you will automatically earn one entry into the Our Greatest Gift Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of six total prizes:

  • Five winners will win 500,000 AAdvantage miles and all-inclusive stay of four consecutive nights for you and one guest at Hyatt Ziva or Hyatt Zilara resort properties
  • One winner will win 500,000 AAdvantage miles and trip for you and up to three guests to Universal Orlando Resort

Summary

Once the technical difficulties which I initially encountered were resolved…

Click on the image for an enlarged version. Source: American Airlines.

…I was able to finally find out what gift I had received from American Airlines.

A lot of debate has ensued in the frequent flier community pertaining to the questionable generosity of the gifts themselves. Despite the fact that one of my gifts — earn double AAdvantage miles plus a free upgrade of one car class with Hertz — is available to anyone who is a member of the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program, I am not going to complain about a free gift. After all, what American Airlines did is more than I can say about what I received from its competitors — one of which I have earned lifetime elite status — which is absolutely nothing other than the obligatory perfunctory holiday greeting I will likely receive via e-mail message in the upcoming weeks. American Airlines simply did not have to do this promotion, and the airline should get at least some credit for attempting to give its customers and members of its AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program some holiday cheer. Goodness knows we can all use it this year.

Furthermore, anyone who received bonus AAdvantage miles automatically had the expiration date on them extended for 18 months, which is absolutely welcome for those recipients who have not flown as a passenger much — or at all — on airplanes which are operated by American Airlines. One can argue that American Airlines should have extended the expiration date of the AAdvantage miles in all membership accounts due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — as well as the fact that the miles of some of its competitors never expire — but this was arguably a fun and creative way to do so.

Finally, I hope that you are one of the winners of the Our Greatest Gift Sweepstakes.

All photographs ©2016 and ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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