How To Book American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards

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American Airlines co-branded credit cardholders have long enjoyed a little-known benefit: AA Reduced Mileage Awards. These awards apply to 9 co-branded cards with two levels of discount available based on the particular card you hold.

Each discount is subdivided into two levels depending on the distance flown. While all this may seem complicated, it is relatively straightforward to book an award. Just follow the steps below.

AA Reduced Mileage Award

Step 1: Determine If You Have An Eligible Card

The discount you are eligible for is determined by what type of AA co-branded credit card you hold. The following cards will receive a discount of 7,500 miles for roundtrip flights over 500 miles, or 2,000 miles for flights less than 500 miles:

Alternatively, holders of the following cards are eligible for a discount of 5,000 miles for roundtrip flights over 500 miles, and 1,000 miles for flights less than 500 miles:

Step 2: Find Eligible Airports

Once you confirm you have an eligible card, the next step is to find if your home airport or destination is eligible. Check the current list of eligible cities to see which months your home airport is listed. If your home airport is listed for a particular month, you can travel anywhere in the U.S. during that month using this discount. If your airport isn't listed for a month, you have to select an eligible destination from the list.

example chart of eligible AA Reduced Mileage Award airports

Step 3: Find Award Availability

Next, you need to find MileSAAver award availability. American Airlines has made this harder to do with the release of Economy Web Specials and eliminating the legacy search tool.

The award search results are likely to be Economy Web Specials. If the price is less than 8,750 miles one-way—which is the lowest price you'd get after applying an AA Reduced Mileage Awards discount—you should consider booking an Economy Web Special.

If the award price is above 12,500 miles each way, it's likely there's no MileSAAver award availability. It's when the price is between 8,750 and 12,500 miles that it gets tricky. Generally, this means that there's MileSAAver award availability. But, that's not always the case. And the only way to know for sure is to call American Airlines (or search on ExpertFlyer).

Step 4: Find Your Discount Code

There are ten different discount codes. There is a code for each cabin class at each discount level (based on distance), for flights within the US. Use the AA award discount code table to find the one that applies to your award.

For bookings made in June and July 2021, the discount codes are as follows:

7,500-mile discount award codes—for flights within the U.S. of 500+ miles:

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD21X2B / AVM92
  • Business Class (3-cabin aircraft) – UD28X7B / AVA43
  • Main Cabin – TD8X7B / AVM91

5,000-mile discount award codes—for flights within the U.S. of 500+ miles:

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD22X5B / AVM90
  • Business Class (3-cabin aircraft) – UD30B / AVA37
  • Main Cabin – TD10B / AVM89

2,000-mile discount award codes—for flights within the U.S. of under 500 miles:

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD14B / AVA48
  • Main Cabin – TD6X5B / AVA47

1,000-mile discount award codes—for flights within the U.S. of under 500 miles:

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD14X5B / AVA42
  • Main Cabin – TD7B / AVA41

Step 5: Book Your Award

Once you have confirmed award availability and retrieved the discount code, you will need to pick up the phone and call AA at 1-800-882-8880 to complete your reservation. If you put the award on hold online, give the agent your booking reference number to shortcut the process.

American Airlines eliminated all phone reservation booking fees. So, you don't have to worry about paying extra to book over the phone.

Our Take

If you hold an AA co-branded credit card, then it is worth your while to keep an eye out for these awards and regularly reference them before making any reservation. Even though you'll need to pick up the phone, you won't be charged a phone booking fee, and completing a booking is relatively easy and can yield excellent savings on award bookings.

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  • Great way to save some miles if you do your homework and are willing to brave the wait on hold to reservations (sadly, this is a non-trivial undertaking these days), you can really cash in on the savings. Thanks AA!

  • Unfortunately , this is only suitable for US credit card holders. Any cobranded card available for EU market ?

  • Can you book these reduced mileage awards for other people? For example, we are a family of four and I have one of the credit cards that qualifies for the discount. Can I book four tickets using the 7,500 mile discount for each person assuming all of the tickets are purchased using miles from my account (the credit card holder)?

  • It seems from the article that the only AA card which isn’t an influencer in this approach is the MileUp card. You listed the AAdvantage Gold, but that was replaced but the MileUp, so does the mileage reduction perk carry over?

    • Unfortunately not. The MileUp is indeed a notable absence from the list. But, I’m guessing AA figured it wanted to collect an annual fee for this perk from now on.

      • Well, easy solution: carry both cards! I just got approved for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum, so now it’s game on. It is clear that AwardWallet, TPG, and most other blogs recommend using AA miles for international premium flights, rather than domestic…and turning toward JetBlue/Southwest for domestic flights. My question: does the Reduced Mileage Award perk buck that trend, making domestic AA flights a viable choice? I prefer to fly American, and it just so happens that my (smaller, more cozy) airport is on the Reduced Mileage list this spring, so that’s great.

        So looking forward to taking AAdvantage of this (pun intended). Thanks for the follow-up reply, JT!

        • AA has plenty of international sweet spots (I’m partial to Qatar business class to South Africa for 75k each way). But, it looks like we are all going to be checking out the U.S. for a bit longer. If there’s a flight that costs $45 one-way, I’m still going to pay cash instead of Reduced Mileage Awards. But, especially for flights into smaller airports, the cash price can be a lot higher! So, RMAs should be an excellent use of your AA miles.

  • We are starting to look at travel specials. It’s been a year since we have flown somewhere due to the pandemic. We are looking for specials so great blog post.

  • It looks like web specials for a trip I’m considering are 10K & the MileSAAver awards are 12.5K. After the discount, the flights cost the same. Is it worth the extra legwork to avoid any restrictions of their web special rates?

    • JT Genter says:

      For me, it does. Now that Economy Web Specials have been limited to no less than 10k, I have been booking more RMA awards myself. The difference between 8,750 miles and 10,000 miles each way isn’t much. But, I see it as a 1,250-mile bonus per person for taking a few extra steps. For me, that’s worth it!

  • All these web specials and discount codes make AA such a complicated program – if my credit card is connected to my account, why can’t they just price it in automatically on my web searches?!

    • JT Genter says:

      Agreed that would be so much better!

    • That would be a fantastic update! That and including international reduced award tickets. Granted, not that useful right now, but it could be a great feature once International travel resumes.

      • Yes, I like this idea too…it shouldn’t be this complex! Hope they’re lurking here (and reward you with some extra miles).

  • Thanks, I will look into this once I start traveling again, hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • Tamara Furda says:

    I would really like to take advantage of this deal and I currently have a high mileage balance. However, during this Covid-19 pandemic, I’m still concerned about future bookings and difficulties making changes if necessary. Will there be any flexibility with these bookings?

  • This is a great benefit, I just need to remember to use it.

  • I hope AA would expand this promotion to flights to/from Canada as well.

  • Santiago says:

    Thanks for this , useful info!!!

  • Thanks for the article. I will the discount in the next months

  • Jennifer says:

    I think they should make it easier to find and book at this time since air travel is almost nonexistent and they want to get as many people to fly.

  • Time to look into getting a co-branded card and putting it to use.

  • This is NOT for every one

  • These are some great deals, but why not for first class?

  • The reduced mileage awards are indeed a great benefit to the co-branded cards. Would love to see Alaska add this to their card!

  • nice one! gonna spend 40 000miles for Japan Airlines business flight TYO-SYD in Autumn, hopefully. One of the better redemption though.

    • Isn’t it the standard rate for all Asian destinations to Australia in business class? Are you sure that you will be able to make the trip in Autumn because of the indefinite closure of the Australian borders?

  • Florencia says:

    I have a Santander card associated with the Aadvantage program. So they don’t charge me a commission for making a phone reservation?

    • JT Genter says:

      Not for awards that can’t be booked online. Since Reduced Mileage Awards can’t be booked online, they waive the fee.

  • The Citi MileUp does not give access to these promotions?
    Thanks

  • Michael Lee says:

    Thanks for this – useful info

  • Are these easy to change too? Do you know if we’d be locked into this rate or if we really had to go on a date it wasn’t available we could use more miles to change?

    • Sorry, I don’t understand what you’re asking. This is like any other AA award booking. Same rules apply. If sAAver space is available on an eligible route, you call, book, and save miles. End of story.

    • I believe you can always change your dates. The worst would be to pay a few points to cancel one booking and making another one for a new date.

  • Christine Bethke says:

    My coworker tried to do this a few months ago however he was told there was a fee to book over the phone. Maybe he said the wrong code?

  • Thanks for breaking it down to make a redemption easier.

  • I have heard about this before but never remember to do this. I wish AA would have this perk automatically pop up on their website if you have an AA credit card.

    • No doubt they could easily do that. And, I’m absolutely with you that it would be a great additional website feature for cardholders. As for the odds of ever seeing it, we just have to ask ourselves if they truly want them to be that easily found. Or, I hate to say it, but even if we want them to be found that easily.

  • Thanks for this info and reminder. It’s so easy to lose sight of such things.

  • Heather Whiting says:

    Very nice! I wouldn’t have ever known this if you hadn’t pointed it out. Thank you so much!

  • Great perk of the AA credit cards…

  • Great article – it’s always good to keep an eye out for reduced mileage awards. Thanks!

  • I will have to remember this discount the next time I am looking for a ticket on AA.