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American Airlines has been making waves lately with a series of Web Specials to highly desirable vacation spots. Australia and New Zealand were the first destination made available, followed by Hawaii. While both of those Web Special deals have all but disappeared, flights from coast to coast are available as low as just 5,000 miles. Rates this low won’t last, so book as soon as you can to take advantage of this opportunity!
Transcontinental Flights Available
While availability is disappearing quickly, coast-to-coast flights can still be booked for just 5,000 miles. This includes highly trafficked routes, like New York to Los Angeles. Limited days with 5,000 mile flight options exist, but many more show award prices under 10,000 miles. Although many of the transcontinental flights to New York have been booked solid, there are still plenty of 5K awards for Boston and Philidelphia, and there are likely other options to be found with a bit of searching.
Although the examples we've shared are for spring of 2020, some routes have availability starting as early as mid-November.
New York to Los Angeles
Boston to Los Angeles
Philadelphia to San Francisco
What are Web Specials?
Web Specials represent discounted economy award flights that American Airlines make available on select routes. To find them, just select the “Economy Web Special” at the top of the award calendar showing search results.
Sometimes these Web “Specials” cost more miles than a standard sAAver award fare, but other times American prices them far lower. These types of awards do come with restrictions, but not quite the rigid basic economy type of restrictions.
When booking Web Specials, American Airlines displays a pop up to remind you of the restrictions on these awards:
5,000 miles for coast-to-coast travel is as good as it gets, though rates this low are now scarce. Even at 10,000 miles, this represents a 20% discount on a regular sAAver level award. If Web Special availability lines up with your travel dates, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of a fantastic deal. Be sure to act fast, because these deals will not last!
Pro Tip: American allows you to place awards on a five-day hold as long as you aren't booking within a week of departure. If you aren't sure if you can make plans work, use a free five-day hold to buy yourself some time.
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