Easily Book American Airlines Awards for Under 6,000 Miles One-Way With This Round of Reduced Mileage Awards

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Easily Book American Airlines Awards for Under 6,000 Miles One-Way With This Round of Reduced Mileage Awards

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From now through May 2019 there are roughly 150 airports you can fly to or from and receive a healthy discount on your award ticket.  Plus you can actually combine credit card perks to further reduce the price.

If you have an eligible American Airlines credit card, like the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® you can book reduced mileage awards.  You’ll get a discount of up to 7,500 American Airlines miles on round-trip flights over 500 miles one-way and up to a 2,000-mile discount on round-trip flights of 500 miles or less one-way.

And you can combine these reduced mileage awards with the unadvertised 10% mileage rebate you get with the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® or Barclays AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red World Elite Mastercard.  So you can book a round-trip flight that is 500 miles or less for only 11,700 American Airlines miles!

These American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards will give you reason to celebrate

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.

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

Here are some examples of cards that will give you a 7,500-mile discount round-trip if your coach 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:

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).  Keep in mind that these cards don’t appear to be available to new applicants:

  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold American Express®
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold Visa®
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold MasterCard®
  • AAdvantage® Aviator® Blue MasterCard®

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

Which Cities Are Eligible for American Airlines 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.

Note:   The 10% mileage rebate perk often isn’t listed on either card’s marketing materials, but I can confirm that it is still a perk of the card as I just got a rebate recently.

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 American Airlines 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.

AA Reduced Mileage Awards
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: 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 US 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 AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum, and Gold members, who are using miles from their account for award flights.

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they no longer offer reduced miles awards on new applications.

Hi ckz – Where are you seeing this? As far as I know nothing has changed regarding new applications, and the AA Reduced Mileage Award website doesn’t say that.

In the citi card website, when you compare it against the executive world elite.

Hi ckz – Could you please share a link, because I don’t see this anywhere on the site (and haven’t heard this). Or copy/paste the language here please?

i have been on the phone with AA reservations for 50 mins trying to book one way flight with reduced mileage…they dont know how to figure it out…one rep said it only applies to roundtrip…..new rep is consulting a supv….are there only so many seats per trip for reduced mileage?

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This is what the terms on the American Airlines website say: Reduced mileage awards offer eligible AAdvantage® cardmembers a discount when redeeming American Airlines AAdvantage® miles for one-way or roundtrip MileSAAver awards to select destinations.

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

Tx Jason…even AA reps don’t fully know program terms…

Are you able to book a whole family with the discounted price?

Author

Yes, but you would have to be able to find that many open Saver Award seats (the cheapest level award), which would be difficult if you’ve got a large family.

Can I get both the AAdvantage Platinum Select and the Citi Rewards card within 24mos.?

Author

Yes you can because they are part of different brands of cards.

Tried to book one of these today and was told since only my originating airport and not my destination airport was on the list I could not use the code. Is there any trick or keywords to use to make this happen or do I just need to keep trying with different support reps?

Hi Ryan – You might have to hang up and try again. As far as I know this is still possible – please let us know if you’re able to do it.

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