I always book my flights directly with the airlines so avoid the “third-party-booking-headache” that comes when problems arise within the reservation. In my experience, it’s always best to deal directly with the airline that ticketed you.
When booking flights on American Airlines, here are two simple things you can do to sweeten the deal:
Get Your Dollar
Mr. Rebates offers $1 cash back per order at American Airlines. Sure it’s just a dollar, but it takes a second to click through aa.com through the cash back portal, and it does not affect your mileage earning/status perks since it’s still booked directly with the airline.
In addition to having an AAdvantage account to earn personal miles, take a minute to enroll in the Business Extra program so that you can “double dip” and also earn points there. Business Extra points can be used for flights, upgrades, status, and lounge access. Once you have your Business Extra account number, you can link it to your AAdvantage account and make sure you include it when booking your reservations on AA.com
I’ve had my Business Extra account for about a year now and haven’t checked it until recently; I was pleasantly surprised that I had enough points for a flight award and more! For something that requires very little work, it’s definitely worth it to maximize your earning potential.