Over the past 1.5 years I've had significant exposure to and use of AAdvantage frequent flyer program. Upon a comparison to the QFF program, AAdvantage awards require significantly less points for international fares on Qantas metal. In addition, applicable taxes when redeeming through AAdvantage are substantially less then on QFF, and that's when flying on Qantas metal.
By way of example, I recently flew Qantas first class from Dublin - Sydney (via London) for 80,000 AA miles plus AU$87.90 taxes and charges. The exact same award seat on the Qantas site (at the time I booked it) required 192,000 QFF miles plus approx AU$630.
I picked up the 80,000 AA miles through a heavily discounted points purchase and was able to redeem immediately, which worked out extremely well for me on that occasion. I've also since amassed some AA miles through crediting AA when flying AA's partners.
With a view to increasing my AAdvantage mileage balance, I'm wondering if anyone among us is aware of tricks, means, ways to earn in the AAdvantage program from Australia other than through flying.
The only method I'm aware of is by getting miles into Starwood and then transferring 1:1 to AAdvantage. From Australia, it's possible to transfer from AU American Express Rewards to Starwood at 1:0.5. The David Jones AMEX cards provide a neat way of getting AA miles through the Starwood program.
Are there any others? I'd be grateful for any input or tips.