Save Miles This Summer With American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards

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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.

Save Miles This Summer With American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards

American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards Have Been Released for the Next 4 Months

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.

Save Miles This Summer With American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards

Do You Have 1 of the Cards That Qualify for the Discount?

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):

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?

Link:   American Airlines Citi AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards

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:

June 2015

  • Houston
  • Portland
  • Raleigh / Durham
  • Toronto
Save Miles This Summer With American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards

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July 2015

  • Detroit
  • New Orleans
  • Pittsburgh
  • Tampa

August 2015

  • Aspen
  • Corpus Christi
  • Oklahoma City
  • Wichita

September 2015

  • Calgary
  • San Francisco
  • Sioux City
  • Vail

How Do You Book Reduced Mileage Award Tickets?

Link:   American Airlines AAdvantage Frequent Flyer Program

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.

Save Miles This Summer With American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards

If You’re Going to San Francisco, Be Sure to Book Your Ticket Over the Phone to Save Fees!

According to the terms and conditions of the program, the following rules apply:

  • Book by July 31, 2015
  • You can travel between June 1, 2015, and September 30, 2015
  • Award flights must originate in the continental US or Canada

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.

If you don’t have any British Airways Avios points, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points or American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways at a 1:1 ratio.

Bottom Line

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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4 responses to “Save Miles This Summer With American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards

  1. In order to get the discount, does the city on the list have to be the destination or can it be the departure city?

  2. Any thoughts on whether you could get AA to do the 7500 mile reduction if you have a US Airways Mastercard that hasn’t converted to Aviator Red yet?

  3. Matt, your card was already converted to aviator if you log into your account even the physical card is still US airways.

  4. What would one recommend to join and earn quick AVIOS points at this time?

    When my DH was flying to the ME as a contractor years back, we paid for his rest times back in the states with BA. But, at that time, there weren’t the kind of incentives to motivate to keep up with the membership and he lost those miles to inactivity. His travel is now focused to UA instead.

    However, I now need AA miles constantly. I have Citi AA GOLD, Aviator/US MC, but would like to add Avios to extend more AA miles earning activity.

    My frequent travel: SAT-TPA 970 air miles (there and back), TPA-BNA 610, BNA-SAT 820. Can Avios help? I travel on the fly and many times can’t book the cheap OW in advance.

    Would anyone recommend:
    Start earning bonus Avios with the British Airways Visa Signature® Card* – apply now.
    50,000 bonus Avios after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*. This bonus offer is available to you as long as you have not received a new cardmember bonus for this product in the past 24 months. ?

    I am due for a Chase brand CC renewal with AF in July. Should I apply for the above when I cut off my Chase MR Visa and my UA Explorer in July? If one is not into the big time collect miles activity, it is advised to focus on fewer frequent flyer programs for specific goals. I am invested in WN for sure and now AA, and not so much UA (I don’t spend to enhance my miles with them anymore).

    With the decrease in minimum spend opportunities, just getting to $2K will be a challenge as we are maxing out the DH Barclay travel expenses before July closing.

    TIA! 🙂