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UPDATE: The offer for the British Airways card in this post has expired. But check Hot Deals for the latest offers!
Looking to get out of the cold? You can get discount award flights to warmer destinations in the US and Canada on American Airlines.
With American Airlines reduced mileage awards, you’ll save up to 7,500 miles on round-trip coach tickets to certain cities!
I’ll explain how this deal works!
What’s the Deal?
American Airlines has released their latest list of reduced mileage awards to certain cities.
You’ll save 7,500 American Airlines miles round-trip and 3,750 American Airlines miles 1-way 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 Platinum Select AAdvantage 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)
Plus, with many of these cards, you’ll get a 10% rebate when you book award tickets (up to 10,000 miles per year)!
Note: Some of these cards are no longer offered. But existing cardholders can get the discount.
Where Can You Travel at a Discount?
You can check out the full list here. But here are a few cities that might help you escape winter:
- Fort Lauderdale
- Fort Myers
- Key West
- New Orleans
- San Antonio
- West Palm Beach
Keep in mind the routes change each month, so be sure to check the list of awards to see which months your city qualifies for the discount.
How to Book Your Discounted Award Flight!
Here’s how to get the discount:
- Be a primary cardholder for any of the American Airlines cards above
- Search for low-level awards by logging into your American Airlines account
- Call American Airlines at 800-882-8880 to book your flight by March 31, 2016, and travel by May 31, 2016. You will NOT get the discount if you book online.
There are no fees to book over the phone because these awards cannot be booked online. But 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).
You May Be Able to Get a Better Deal
If you’re booking a short-haul flight (less than 1,150 miles), you can save by using British Airways Avios points. That’s because you’ll only pay 7,500 British Airways Avios points each way or 15,000 British Airways Avios points round-trip on partners American Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
And remember, even though very short (under 650 miles) partner awards flights in the US have gone up in price, you can still save Avios points on round-trip award flights by using this trick.
Need More British Airways Avios Points?
You can earn the points you need for your flight by signing-up for the Chase British Airways card and completing the tiered minimum spending requirements to earn a total of 100,000 British Airways Avios points bonus. (EXPIRED.)
If you’re an American Airlines credit cardholder, you could save up to 7,500 American Airlines miles on low-level American Airlines award tickets to select cities. This deal is good when you book by March 31, 2016, and travel by May 31, 2016.
Call American Airlines at 800-882-8880 to make your reservation without a fee. Or book your flight at the airport, but you’ll be charged a $35 fee ($45 for international flights).
Though if your flight is less than 1,150 miles, you’ll save more by using British Airways Avios points to book your American Airlines award flight.
Let me know if you find an American Airlines reduced mileage city that works for you!