With American Airlines, can credit be converted to frequent flier miles?

  • Probably depends on why you have the credit, your status, and who you talk to on the day
    – Midavalo
    Commented May 20 at 19:17

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Unlikely, but you can always call and ask.

A straight out conversion is probably a no go. Flight credits are intentionally designed to be restrictive and difficult to use: the airline wants to keep the money ideally without giving you something in return, especially if you are not a regular customer. Credit typically expire within a year whereas for AA the miles have a 2 year life time. A conversion would be a backdoor to extend the life of the credit, which AA really doesn't want.

Some airlines offer to buy extra miles for cash when booking a flight, but I don't think you could use flight credit for that (if they even offer that). Even if that would be a possible, the conversion rate is typically very poor and you would have to book a flight (at which point you could use your credit directly).

Some airlines do allow paying with a combination of miles and cash but American is not one of them.

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