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American Airlines reduced-mileage awards offer discounts for 160+ travel destinations through March 2020

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American Airlines reduced-mileage awards offer discounts for 160+ travel destinations through March 2020

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If you have an eligible American Airlines credit card, like the CitiBusiness®/AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® or Citi®/AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, you can book reduced-mileage award flights. Your discount depends on which card you use and how far you fly.

You’ll get a discount of up to 7,500 American Airlines miles on round-trip flights over 500 miles each way and a discount of up to 2,000 miles on round-trip flights of 500 miles or less each way.

This perk reduces the price of a round-trip flight that’s under 500 miles each way to 13,000 miles and for a round-trip flight that’s over 500 miles each way to 17,500 miles. These discounts are currently available to 160+ airports, including many smaller destinations. This list changes frequently, so sign up for our newsletter to be notified when there are updates.

Read on to find out if you’re eligible, how many miles you can save and how you can book a flight.

Use American Airlines reduced-mileage awards to book discounted flights to Charleston, South Carolina, this winter. (Photo by Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

What are American Airlines reduced-mileage awards and who is eligible?

Mileage discounts are available for coach, business class and first class on American Airlines flights, but you need certain American Airlines credit cards to be eligible.

The discount varies, depending on which card you have and the flight distance. American Airlines normally charges 12,500 miles for a one-way saver award flight that is 500+ miles and they charge 7,500 miles for a one-way saver award flight that is 500 miles or less.

The following cards will give you a 7,500-mile discount round-trip if your flight is 500+ 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:

The information for the Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Which cities are eligible for AA reduced mileage awards?

You can book the discounted awards if:

  • You fly to any eligible airport on the list below

or

  • Your originating airport is discounted on the list below

As long as your originating or destination airports are on the list for the month you want to travel, you’ll get the discount if there are available saver-award seats.

The American Airlines website doesn’t clearly state that the discount is available to or from cities on the list, but many Million Mile Secrets team members have booked discounted awards this way.

This is the current list of cities:

How to book American Airlines reduced-mileage awards 

So you have an eligible credit card and you’ve verified that your flight destination is available for reduced mileage awards. Now we get to 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 can’t book reduced mileage-award tickets online, so you should request that phone booking fees be waived.

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

Flights over 500 miles

For flights within the U.S. and more than 500 miles, the discount award codes are:

First class
  • 7,500-mile discount: UD21X2D/AVM05
  • 5,000-mile discount: UD22X5D/AVM03
Business class
  • 7,500-mile discount: UD28X7D/AVA67
  • 5,000-mile discount: UD30D/AVA61
Coach
  • 7,500-mile discount: TD8X7D/AVM04
  • 5,000-mile discount: TD10D/AVM02

Flights 500 miles or less

For flights within the U.S. of 500 miles or less, the discount award codes are:

First class
  • 2,000-mile discount: UD14D/AVA72
  • 1,000-mile discount: UD14X5D/AVA66
Coach
  • 2,000-mile discount: TD6X5D/AVA71
  • 1,000-mile discount: TD7D/AVA65

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

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CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

  • Designed for businesses
  • Earn 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening.
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries to reduce travel costs and boost your bottom line.
  • 25% savings on American Airlines inflight Wi-Fi when you use your card
  • Enjoy preferred boarding on American Airlines flights
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on purchases at telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants and at gas stations.
  • Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile per $1 spent on other purchases
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees

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I am considering pulling the plug on my Barclays Aviator card. Gone are the 10K miles per year on renewal and the 10% rebate of miles redeemed. Now with variable pricing, the saver award has been mostly replaced with web specials which are available to all. I doubt these awards would qualify for the co branded card discount but I hope I’m wrong.

Hi

I would arrive on Aug 31st but the city I am going to becomes effective on Sept 1.

I would return Sept 4.

Am I eligible?

Would love to know when AA updates reduced mileage awards

Hi Jim,

They generally update it monthly. But as to exactly what day or time, my experience tells me that can vary.

I even found some people in online forums from last year commenting about overdue updates to the reduced mileage awards list, wondering when it would be updated, etc. So I don’t think there’s a specific time or day the list is updated.

They update every 2 months on the first day of the month. For example the April/May cities dropped off the list on June 1 and the Aug/Sep cities were added

Can an authorized user be added to CC account and be eligible to book reduced mileage awards out of their FF account? The authorized user I would add has Platinum Pro status and does not have the close in booking fee of $75.

Where is the list of cities?

Hi Frank!

We have the current list in the image in our article, but here is the link to American Airline’s website.

The available cities do change from time to time:

https://www.aa.com/i18n/aadvantage-program/miles/redeem/award-travel/reduced-mileage-awards.jsp

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