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The new list of American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards have been released for June 2015 to September 2015.
If you have certain Citi AAdvantage or Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator credit cards, you can book round-trip award tickets to specific destinations for 5,000 to 7,500 fewer miles. On 1-way award tickets, you get half the discount.
Which Cards Are Eligible?
To book reduced mileage award tickets, you must be an AAdvantage credit card holder. Only certain cards are eligible, and the mileage discount you get depends on the card you have.
These cards get you a 7,500 mile discount on a round-trip award ticket (or 3,750 miles on a 1-way award ticket):
- Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard, Red MasterCard, or Business MasterCard
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, Visa, or American Express
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, or Select Visa and MasterCard
And these cards get you a 5,000 mile discount on a round-trip award ticket (or 2,500 miles on a 1-way award ticket):
- Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Blue MasterCard
- Citi Gold AAdvantage American Express, MasterCard, or Visa
Note: Some of these cards are no longer offered. But existing cardholders can get the discount.
Which Destinations Are Included?
Reduced mileage awards are for coach or Business / First Class travel within the continental US and Canada only. Both round-trip and 1-way tickets are eligible, but the discount only applies to low-level (MileSAAver) award tickets. Some of the destinations included are:
- Raleigh / Durham
- New Orleans
- Corpus Christi
- Oklahoma City
- San Francisco
- Sioux City
How Do You Book Reduced Mileage Award Tickets?
To book a ticket, call American Airlines AAdvantage Reservations at 800-882-8880, or visit a ticket office or the airport. Reduced mileage award tickets can NOT be booked online.
However, you may be charged a fee (waived for Executive Platinum elite members):
- Booking through American Airlines phone reservations – FREE
- Booking through an American Airlines ticket office / travel center – $35 ($45 for international tickets)
- Booking through an American Airlines airport agent – $35
Note: You’ll pay an extra $75 for award tickets booked less than 21 days prior to departure.
Before you book, log into your American Airlines frequent flyer account and search for your desired destination to make sure low-level award tickets are available.
According to the terms and conditions of the program, the following rules apply:
Only the primary cardholder can book reduced mileage award tickets, and they have to use their own miles.
Is This a Good Deal?
Not always. For short-haul flights less than 650 miles, it’s better to use British Airways Avios points to book American Airlines award tickets.
Because you’ll only pay 4,500 British Airways Avios points for these short 1-way coach award tickets on American Airlines. That’s a better deal than booking through reduced mileage awards.
The new list of American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards have been released. If you have certain credit cards, you could save between 5,000 and 7,500 miles on low-level American Airlines award tickets to certain destinations.
Remember, you can’t book these award seats online. Booking over the phone is free, but you’ll pay if you get your ticket at the airport or through an American Airlines reservations office.
This can be good deal if you’re planning a trip to 1 of the included destinations. But for short-haul flights, it’s generally cheaper to use British Airways Avios points to book American Airlines award tickets.
Which destinations on the list most interest you?
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