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Save up to 7,500 Miles With American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards!

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You already know you can save TONS with American Airlines miles.  But do you know how to save tons of American Airlines miles?

You can save up to 7,500 American Airlines miles round-trip, depending on which American Airlines credit card you have and where you’ll be flying.

The discount destinations change on a monthly basis.  So if you don’t see your destination available this month, there’s always a chance it could be added next month!

AA Reduced Mileage Awards
You Can Save Up to 7,500 Miles With American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards!

Here’s how you can find out if you’re eligible, how many miles you can save, and how you can book the flight!

What Are American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards and Who Is Eligible?

Mileage discounts are available for coach, Business Class, and First Class American Airlines flights.  But you’ll need to have a certain American Airlines credit card to be eligible for them.  And the mileage discount you get will also depend on how far you’ll be flying.

Here are some examples of cards that will give you a 7,500 mile discount round-trip if your flight is 501+ miles per one-way nonstop segment.  If you book a  round-trip flight of 500 miles or less per one-way nonstop segment, you’ll receive only a 2,000 mile discount:

If you don’t have any of the cards above, you can still receive a 5,000 mile discount with one of the cards below (but if your round-trip flight is 500 miles or less per one-way nonstop segment, you’ll receive only a 1,000 mile discount):

  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold MasterCard®
  • Other cards are eligible for this discount, but are no longer available for new applicants

The discounts are also valid for one-way flights.  You’ll just get half the mileage discount.

Which Cities Are Eligible for AA Reduced Mileage Awards?

Not all cities are available for reduced mileage awards.  But lots are!

You can book the discounted awards as long as:

  • You fly to any eligible airport on the list below

or

  • Your originating airport is discounted on the list below

Basically, as long as either your origin or destination airports are on the list for the month you want to travel, you’ll get the discount.  As long as there are available saver award seats, that is!

And while the American Airlines website doesn’t clearly state the discount is available to or from a city on the list, many Million Mile Secrets team members have been able to book the discounted awards this way.

Stretch Your Miles With a 10% Mileage Rebate

If you have one of the 2 cards below, you’ll get 10% of your miles back after you redeem them:

So if you redeem 13,000 American Airlines miles, you’ll earn a 1,300 mile rebate.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about this rebate:

  • It only applies to the primary cardholder (authorized users can’t get their own rebate)
  • You can earn a maximum of 10,000 rebate miles per calendar year, regardless of how many eligible credit cards you have
  • You do NOT need to use the eligible credit card to pay for any taxes or fees on the award flight
  • The 10% mileage rebate applies to all American Airlines redemptions, including flights on partner airlines

How to Book AA Reduced Mileage Awards 

So you have an eligible credit card, and you’ve verified your flight destination is available for reduced mileage awards.  Now we get to the more exciting part of actually booking the flight!

Once you’ve found available saver award seats on the American Airlines website, you’ll have to call American Airlines reservations at 800-882-8880.  You won’t be able to book reduced mileage award tickets online, so ask for any applicable phone booking fees to be waived.

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Only MileSAAver Seats Are Eligible for Reduced Mileage Awards

You’ll then have to provide the agent with the correct discount code for your flight:

Flights Over 500 Miles

For flights within the US and more than 500 miles, the discount award codes are:

First Class
  • 7,500 mile discount: UD21X2E / AVM13
  • 5,000 mile discount: UD22X5E / AVM11
Business Class
  • 7,500 mile discount: UD28X7E / AVA07
  • 5,000 mile discount: UD30E / AVA01
Coach
  • 7,500 mile discount: TD8X7E / AVM12
  • 5,000 mile discount: TD10E / AVM10

Flights 500 Miles or Less

For flights within the US 500 miles or less, the discount award codes are:

First Class
  • 2,000 mile discount: UD14E / AVA12
  • 1,000 mile discount: UD14X5E / AVA06
Coach
  • 2,000 mile discount: TD6X5E / AVA11
  • 1,000 mile discount: TD7E / AVA05

Note:   If you are booking travel within 21 days of departure, you will have to pay a $75 fee.  The fee is waived for AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum, and Gold members, who are using miles from their account for award flights.

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Can anyone confirm that the eligible city can be the starting point, not necessarily the destination? This has always been the case…wondering if it has, indeed, changed.

In June was able to get the discount flying OUT of the city listed. In July was able to do it flying TO the city listed.

The eligible city can be the starting point. The American Airlines website isn’t exactly clear on this, but lots of the Million Mile Secrets team have booked reduced mileage awards this way.

Are these reduced mileage awards being phased out? I’ve been watching these since April waiting for the calendar to show August but it’s not updating past July bookings. 🙁

I’ve placed multiple calls to aa and aa mileage plan desk and no one knows if/when this will show August info. Sitting here with miles to use if/when they ever decide to show August destinations. So incredibly frustrating!

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Hi there! I’m not aware of this program being phased out. It could just be a temporary delay.

Does anyone know if I book an award flight and THEN get the AA credit card later, will I still get 10% of my miles back? Or did I have to hold the card BEFORE I booked the award flight?

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Hi Lane! For the 10% miles back, your Citi AAdvantage account has to be open and active at the time of redemption.