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Possible good news for folks who haven’t yet booked their holiday travel!
Via One Mile at a Time, you may find lower fares with American Airlines when you search on international American Airlines websites. Up to ~75% less!
I had a difficult time replicating many lower fares. But I found some destinations that had many more available seats than the US website.
Commenters on One Mile at a Time suggest these cheaper fares have been loaded by mistake. So if you find a cheap fare and book it, there’s a possibility your ticket could be canceled.
I’ll show you how to search for these fares!
Check International Websites for Your Holiday Airfare
Link: One Mile at a Time
One Mile at a Time has reported having success finding airfare on American Airlines’ Italian website that is up to 75% off the fare posted on the US website. That’s a great deal!! And a good method to check out before you purchase expensive holiday travel.
I’ve written about a similar trick to save money on Norwegian Air flights.
Searching for airfare on foreign American Airlines sites is easy. At the top of the American Airlines website, there is a picture of a US flag. Click it!
You’ll then see a drop-down menu with a list of countries. Click a country, and search for airfare like you normally would. That’s all there is to it!
Your Results May Vary
I had trouble finding much lower fares on the overseas websites than I could find on the US website. I checked a few sites in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. But prices weren’t much different.
But I’m confident they are out there. So see if it works for your route!
Something I noticed while I tried to find lower fares on other American Airlines websites was more available seats than the US website.
This wasn’t the case for every route, but I noticed it a couple times. I was able to navigate all the way to the final payment page!
So if your holiday route is sold out on the US website, take a look on a few international websites before you give up!
Use the Right Card
If you find a fare you like, make sure to use a card that will give you the most rewards. And one that doesn’t have foreign transaction fees!
Because a lot of international websites will charge you in their local currency. You could be charged a foreign transaction fee while sitting in your living room!
For no foreign transaction fees and bonus rewards, book with cards like:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred – 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points for travel purchases
- Citi Prestige Card – 3X Citi ThankYou points for airline purchases
- Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard – 2X American Airlines miles for American Airlines purchases, at restaurants and gas stations
You might find discounted airfare and more available seats on American Airlines international websites versus the US website! But your results may vary.
Hopefully you’ll find a discount or a hard-to-find seat this holiday season. Let me know if you find a good deal!