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American Airlines just launched its new Economy Web Specials discount program, where American Airlines frequent flyer program members have the chance to buy one-way award tickets for as little as 5,000 American Airlines miles! That’s even cheaper than their reduced mileage awards.
This is great news for anyone who loves earning and using American Airlines miles. And while it only includes a select number of routes right now, we’re hoping to see the list of discounts grow!
Currently, the Economy Web Specials program includes the following 6 routes for flights after January 8, 2019:
- Dallas (DFW) — Wichita (ICT)
- Dallas (DFW) — Corpus Christi (CRP)
- Dallas (DFW) — Brownsville South Padre Island (BRO)
- Dallas (DFW) — McAllen (MFE)
- Phoenix (PHX) — Long Beach (LGB)
- Charlotte (CLT) — Orlando-Melbourne (MLB)
Normally these routes would cost 7,500 American Airlines miles one-way because they’re under 500 miles in flight distance. But through the Economy Web Specials discount program, they’ll cost as little as 5,000 American Airlines miles one-way depending on your travel day and route. And you don’t have to book a round-trip ticket to get the discount!
Plus, these tickets will NOT be restricted like American Airlines’ Basic Economy fares are. So you’ll still be able to do things like choose your seat and board in a regular boarding group.
That said, it’s important to point out that the terms state you can NOT make changes to any award flights booked through an Economy Web Special. Although you should still be able to cancel and redeposit your miles for the standard fee of $150 for the first passenger and $25 for each additional passenger.
Also, there seems to be problems with the rollout of these discounts. Some routes I saw available for the normal 7,500 American Airlines mile price, and others were “discounted” up to 11,000 miles one-way!
Looking for More American Airlines Miles?
Don’t forget, for a limited time you can earn 70,000 American Airlines miles after making $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening a CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®. The $99 annual fee is waived for the first 12 months. And at just 5,000 miles for a one-way ticket, the sign-up bonus alone is worth 14 one-way flights!
Or, consider 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 3 months of account opening. The possibility of getting 2 free one-way flights (at 5,000 miles each) from a card with no annual fee could certainly make sense for some!