One of the best ways to travel for less money is to take advantage of travel-friendly credit cards and, as they become available, the big sign-up bonuses often attached to them. Any card that’s offering a lot of airline miles or points to new cardholders is bound to catch the attention of savvy travelers—and be featured on this site.
Well, it turns out that big mile bonuses don’t only come with credit cards. A new promotion from Sprint—yes, the mobile carrier—includes an opportunity for new Sprint customers to earn up to 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles. Existing customers can earn up to 5,000 miles, as well.
Here’s how it works:
For new Sprint customers: Up to 25,000 miles + $400
If you’re in the market for a new mobile carrier, or simply someone who follows the best deal where it takes you, you’re eligible to see a nice bump in your travel funds by switching to Sprint. You must only sign up for or switch to Sprint and activate your first line to redeem your first 20,000 AAdvantage® miles. To get started:
- Go to com/AAdvantage
- Enter your AAdvantage® number—and phone number if you’re switching an existing phone number to Sprint
- Switch to Sprint online, by phone or at a Sprint location (your info will be stored for 90 days, meaning you’ll be eligible for the miles once your first line is set up)
It may be easier to simply walk into a Sprint store and let a customer rep know you’re interested in the Sprint Offer for AAdvantage® members. They can take it from there. Alternatively, you can redeem for your miles here after opening a new account, so long as you do that within 30 days of account opening.
It will likely take 8-10 weeks, but 20,000 miles will show up in your AAdvantage® account. Stick with Sprint, and you’ll see 417 additional AAdvantage® miles for each month you keep your line open. If you go all twelve months, that’s 5,004 miles more miles—which the promotion insists on rounding to 5,000—added to your balance.
That’s 25,000 miles so far, which is enough for a roundtrip domestic ticket (plus the base $5.60 in taxes you have to pay for any AA reward flight). There’s more.
If you set up three or more lines (which includes the existing number you switch over to Sprint) with your new account, and you sign up for an Unlimited Freedom plan, you’ll get a $400 Visa® Prepaid Card. You can spend that anywhere Visa is accepted. You might choose to use it on the trip you take with your 25,000 miles!
For existing Sprint customers: Up to 5,000 miles
If you already have Sprint, great. Let me know what you think of it—and specifically of its performance/options abroad—in the comments below this story. Then, head to sprint.com/AAdvantage to enter your AAdvantage number. With each month you keep your line open, you’ll get 417 AAdvantage miles added to your account each month after (new Sprint customers are also eligible for this), for up to a total of 5,000 (technically 5,004) miles each year for as long as you remain a Sprint customer.
I can understand not wanting to switch mobile carriers, but if you’re already a Sprint customer, there’s no reason not to take the free miles!
Good to know
- If you don’t have an AAdvantage® account, you can set one up for free on this page (Sprint or not, you should have one if you fly even once in a while)
- The name associated with your AAdvantage® account must match the name on the Sprint account (could be a potential obstacle if middle initials, etc. are involved)
- Members of the Sprint Discount Program (incl. some students) aren’t eligible unless they bail out of the Sprint Discount Program (which is what happens automatically if such customers attempt to redeem miles per this promotion)
- Full details are here
Traveling with Sprint
This is a travel site, so it matters to us if a mobile carrier provides its customers with good options for overseas travel. I don’t have experience with Sprint myself, so here’s a page with carrier-supported international options.