1. Become a Member

AAdvantage membership is free, and it comes with a world of savings. Members of this loyalty program can earn miles when they fly with participating airlines and use the services of over 1,000 affiliated partners. Miles can be redeemed for flights, upgrades, vacation and car rentals, and retail products.

2. Buy Miles

Travelers who will be flying any way can benefit from the BuyMiles program. Purchases are generally packaged with additional discounts, such as 10% off the total cost and 35,000 bonus miles. American Airlines also has promotional offerings for people who gift and share their miles with other members.

3. Pay with Plastic

With the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select Card, members earn points for every dollar spent. The card comes with 30,000 AAdvantage Bonus Points after $1,000 of purchases are made. Cardholders receive free checked bags, Group 1 Boarding, 25% off eligible in-flight purchases, the ability to earn 10% of redeemed miles back, and more.