Real World Machine values American AAdvantage miles at 1.5 cents (USD) each. By our calculations, this makes AAvantage miles more valuable than Delta, United, JetBlue, or Alaska miles, equally as valuable as Southwest miles, but less valuable than Virgin America miles.
Measured as a reward miles rebate for non-elite members, the AAdvantage program rebates you 7.5%, in the form of miles, for your monetary spending on airfare, exclusive of taxes and most fees, with American Airlines. Those at the top elite status level, which is Executive Platinum, get a 16.5% miles rebate.
On a related note, American AAdvantage elite status is worth between $1,226 and $8,750, depending on the elite tier.
How Did We Calculate the Value?
The value of one point is determined primarily by the award mileage cost to redeem AAdvantage miles towards flights. Award flight redemption costs are are based on 20 air routes…10 domestic and 10 international. For consistency, the same air routes are used to compare multiple airlines.
The valuation also factors in the variety of redemption options, the size of the American’s network, and the availability of awards.
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American does pretty well on all of these fronts. They have a good variety of redemption options in terms of class of travel: first, business, premium economy, and economy cabins. As the largest commercial airline in the world, they also have an extensive global network, especially once you add in their Oneworld partners.
While award availability can be spotty at times, especially with premium class service and Oneworld partners, you should be able to get to anywhere American (or Oneworld) flies on most dates, provided you’re a bit patient and willing to put in the legwork. American still bases award redemption on a fixed regional mileage chart and does not directly base the mileage redemption cost on the cash price of the flight.
Want to see more? You can check out our full table of the value of one point, and the average rebate percentage (in points) per dollar spent, for leading airlines like American, Delta, United, Southwest, JetBlue, Alaska, and Virgin America along with hotel, rail, and rental car travel providers.