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Here’s what you need to know about American Airlines Economy Web Specials

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Late last year American Airlines switched to dynamic pricing. Although this was a blow to their frequent flyer program, we continue to see a number of incredible award deals through their Economy Web Specials. Some deals are significantly cheaper than we’ve ever seen.

Here’s what you need to know about American Airlines’ Economy Web Specials deals. If you want to be notified when more offers like this pop up, then follow us on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our newsletter.

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What is an American Airlines Economy Web Special?

American Airlines’ Economy Web Specials offer award tickets at extremely discounted prices. For example, you can find domestic awards starting at 5,000 miles one-way — sometimes even on transcontinental routes. Many routes have been available for 7,500 miles or 10,000 miles, which is still a discount of 2,500-5,000 miles off the standard AA Award chart prices.

Deals like these are some of the best uses of American Airlines miles. Although there isn’t an official expiration date on these deals, once they’re published, they rarely last long.

How to find an Economy Web Special

There’s no easy way to find an Economy Web Special without doing legwork and running various searches on American Airlines’ website. These web specials come and go without warning, so if you see a route you like, you should grab it while you can. Just know that Economy Web Special awards can’t be changed, even if you have American Airlines status.

Here are a few examples of deals we’ve seen in the past:

New York (JFK) to Austin (AUS) for 5,000 miles + $5.60 one-way:

Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK) for 5,000 miles + $5.60 one-way:

Chicago (ORD) to Miami (MIA) for 5,000 miles + $5.60 one-way:

Need more American Airlines miles?

There aren’t many flexible travel rewards credit cards that partner with American Airlines, except for Marriott. So to earn American Airlines miles you’ll need an airline credit card, like the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® . It currently has a welcome bonus offer of 65,000 American Airlines miles after spending $4,000 in purchases in the first four months of account opening. The card’s $99 annual fee is waived for the first 12 months.

The information for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Or you could opt for the no-annual-fee American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card. With this card, you’ll earn 10,000 American Airlines miles and receive a $50 statement credit after making $500 in purchases within the first three months of account opening.

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Is it possible to book an open jaw on a web special? I haven’t figured out a way online and wondering if it’s something I have to call for if possible.

I know with the other flights you can hold the reservation, can you do the same for an economy web special flight before you decide to use your miles to get the tickets?

Yes you can, I recently redeemed miles for AA web special economy flights to the Caribbean. I placed them on hold for several days.

Look forward to see how I can travel with less points.

Do you still need one of the AA credit cards to take advantage of the economy web specials?

Jason Stauffer

No, you can just search for them on American’s website.

I cannot see any web specials on AA.com when I log onto my account and put down Austin to LAX in December as you show in article. Any idea why? I do not have AA credit card and wonder if this is the reason.

Hi Ben!

I just did a search on the aa.com website and was able to find 5k mile Economy web specials for most of December 2019.

From the aa.com home page, I selected the following options for booking a flight: I selected a 1-way flight, checked the box for “redeeming miles”, flying from AUS to LAX, for 1 passenger.

Let me know if you’re able to see the web specials this way, thanks!

Thanks, I see them now. Does AA show any where on their site which cities have economy web specials?

Hi Ben!

I don’t think there’s a dedicated sale page that lists all of the available routes, so unfortunately you’ll have to check pricing for the specific route you’re interested in.

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