As Elena notes in her article, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Due to a special partnership American Airlines has with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, AA is giving a rather generous 15 points per dollar for all donations made via this link through October 31, 2012. After that, you’ll still be able to earn 10 points per dollar through the end of 2012.
I think we all know someone that’s been affected by cancer, and donating to organizations like this is a great way to show your support.
To participate you must donate a minimum of $25, and the maximum mileage you can earn from this promotion is 60K per 12 months ($4K donation). Also note the charitable deduction language used if you’d like to save on taxes (and who wouldn’t).
Besides the fact that it’s for a great cause, let’s see if we can put some math to the points part of this promotion.
A domestic round trip award on American in Business class (two-class planes) costs 50K points. A donation of $3,333.33 would net you 50K points ($3.3K x 15 points = 50K points).
MileValue’s Leaderboard currently lists American Airlines points as worth $.0177 each (that’s 1.77 cents per point). So those 50K points, by his valuation, are worth $885. That’s a 26.5% rebate on a donation for a great cause!
I’ve actually been able to squeeze out $.032 per AA point on an LAX-YYZ flight, so you can definitely do better than MileValue’s valuation. If I was able to replicate my LAX-YYZ flight, I’d get back about $1600 or a 48% rebate!
And don’t forget that if you donate by credit card, you can get AT LEAST 3,333 additional points!
Interestingly, The Points Guy pointed out that last year there was a deal to get a whopping 30 points per dollar for the same donation.
But once again we see that a little thought (and points research) goes a long way!
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