Save 7,500 American Airlines Miles on a Trip With Reduced Mileage Awards!

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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!

That’s because folks with American Airlines credit cards have a new list of Reduced Mileage Awards.

You’ll save up to 7,500 miles on round-trip coach award tickets.

Save 7,500 American Airlines Miles On A Trip With Reduced Mileage Awards

Tucson Is on the List This Time Around, Along With Other Fun Destinations Like West Palm Beach, Toronto, and Tampa!

I’ll explain how it works!

What’s the Deal?

Link:   American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards

Each month, American Airlines offers mileage discounts to certain cities.  And they’ve just released their newest list!

Save 7,500 American Airlines Miles On A Trip With Reduced Mileage Awards

Want to Visit West Palm Beach? If You Have the Right Credit Card and You’re in a City on the List, You’ll Pay 17,500 American Airlines Miles Instead of the Usual 25,000 Miles Round-Trip

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:

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:

  • Montreal
  • Nashville
  • Tampa
  • Toronto
  • Tucson
  • Vancouver
  • West Palm Beach
  • …and many more!
Save 7,500 American Airlines Miles On A Trip With Reduced Mileage Awards

Enjoy Vancouver’s Mild Winters, or Head to Nearby Mountains for a Skiing Adventure!

Folks in Ohio have lots of cities on the list, including:

  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Toledo

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.

Save 7,500 American Airlines Miles On A Trip With Reduced Mileage Awards

You’ll Need to Call to Book These Awards. But It’s Worth It, Because You’ll Save a Lot of Miles!

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:

  • Book by January 30, 2016
  • Travel through March 31, 2016
  • 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.

Are There Drawbacks?

You won’t often see busy or popular destinations on the list, like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago.

Save 7,500 American Airlines Miles On A Trip With Reduced Mileage Awards

If the Flight You Want Is a Hop, Skip, or a Jump, Like Chicago to St. Louis, It’s Better to Use British Airways Avios Points

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.

If you don’t have enough British Airways Avios points, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio, or American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways at a 5:4 ratio.

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!

Bottom Line

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!

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7 responses to “Save 7,500 American Airlines Miles on a Trip With Reduced Mileage Awards!

  1. Speaking of using BA Avios to book an AA flight…

    We’re headed to Cancun (CUN) to use our 4 free Hyatt nights from the cc bonus. This is an all inclusive. Rather than waste 35,000 miles per person for a roundtrip ticket from JFK on AA, I used my Avios to fly R/T for 20,000 points per person. That’s a total of 40,000 Avios vs the 70,000 it would have cost us on AA. This is a non-stop flight.
    N.B. Check Southwest for 1 stop flights from NY. I’ve seen this as low as 17,000 points r/t.

    I can ‘re-fill’ my BA Avios with my Chase points. I can’t do that with AA. Now I’ll have more AA miles to ‘spend’. 😉

    Fly4Free Stay4free Eat4free. Works4me!!

  2. @dhammer53 – Sounds like the perfect vacation for British Airways Avios points and the free nights earned from the Chase Hyatt card!

    Thanks for adding your experience. I love to hear about how readers use their points, and hope you have a fantastic time in Cancun!

  3. Are these stackable? For example, if you have two of the cards above, would you get 7,500 plus 5,000 plus 10% back?

  4. Liked the article – wasn’t aware of the monthly reduced award requirement. I would like to E-mail to friends, but lately (Last 3-4 months) your E-mail link doesn’t work. I get an Erroe 404.

  5. @Ali – You can only stack the Reduced Mileage Award with the 10% miles back. If you have 2 cards, you can’t get more of either discount.

    And it’s 10% of your miles back per year across all your cards. For example, if you have 2 cards, you won’t get 20% back. You’d still get 10% back.

    @Sir Jim – I’ll look into that! You can still share the post by copying the link and pasting it into an email to your friends. I’d love for you to share it!

    Thanks for the feedback!

  6. Would you still get the discount if the city is your departure and not arrival?

  7. @marcmsj – Yes, I believe that should work!