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You can get discounted award flights to beach cities in Florida, explore Canada, visit the “Country Music Capital of the World,” experience the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and more!
You’ll save up to 7,500 miles on round-trip coach award tickets.
I’ll explain how it works!
What’s the Deal?
Each month, American Airlines offers mileage discounts to certain cities. And they’ve just released their newest list!
You get a 7,500 mile discount on a round-trip award ticket (or 3,750 miles on a 1-way award ticket) with these cards:
- Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard, Red MasterCard, or Business MasterCard (not available for new sign-ups)
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, Visa, or American Express
- CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select 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 (not available for new sign-ups)
- Citi Gold AAdvantage American Express, MasterCard, or Visa (not available for new sign-ups)
Note: Some of these cards are no longer offered. But existing cardholders can get the discount.
Plus, most of these cards also give you a 10% mileage rebate when you redeem for award tickets, up to 10,000 miles a year. So you can end up saving even more!
Which Cities Are Included?
Here are cities on the list I found interesting:
- West Palm Beach
- …and many more!
Folks in Ohio have lots of cities on the list, including:
So if you’re looking for a fun getaway, or if you have a college student returning to school after a winter break, you can save miles with these awards!
Keep in mind the routes change each month, so be sure to check the list of awards to see which months you can travel to or from each city.
How to Book a Ticket
Reduced mileage award tickets can NOT be booked online.
To book a ticket, call American Airlines AAdvantage Reservations at 800-882-8880. There are no fees to book over the phone because these awards cannot be booked online.
Note: You’ll still pay an extra $75 for award tickets booked less than 21 days prior to departure.
You can also book at the airport or at a ticket office, but you’ll pay a $35 fee (and $45 for international destinations at a ticket office).
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.
Are There Drawbacks?
You won’t often see busy or popular destinations on the list, like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago.
For most folks, there are better ways to book an award if the flight you want is less than 650 miles. In that case, it costs less to use British Airways Avios points to book American Airlines award tickets.
That’s because you’ll only pay 4,500 British Airways Avios points for these short 1-way coach award tickets on American Airlines (until February 2, 2016). That’s a better deal than booking through reduced mileage awards.
And there’s a huge sign-up bonus (you can earn a total of 100,000 British Airways Avios points) on the Chase British Airways card right now. (EXPIRED.) So if you take a lot of short flights, you may consider getting this card!
American Airlines released its new list of Reduced Mileage Awards. If you have certain credit cards, you could save between 5,000 and 7,500 miles round-trip on low-level American Airlines award tickets to certain destinations.
You have to call American Airlines to book these awards. Booking over the phone is free, but you’ll pay $35 (or $45 for international destinations at a ticket office) if you get your ticket at the airport or through an American Airlines reservations office.
This can be terrific deal if you want to plan a trip to 1 of the included destinations, like Tampa, Tucson, or West Palm Beach. But for short-haul flights, it’s cheaper to use British Airways Avios points to book American Airlines award tickets.
Most of the cards that come with the reduced mileage perk also let you save 10% of your miles, up to 10,000 miles per year. So you can get an even better price on these awards!
Let me know if plan a trip to any of the destinations on the list!