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American Airlines has published the latest version of its reduced mileage award chart, allowing you to book discounted award tickets through to September 30, 2016. This offer is specifically targeted at holders of Citi & Barclaycard American Airlines co-branded credit cards. Different types of cards will give you a different level of discount.
What are reduced mileage awards?
American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards are discounted award tickets to and from select cities for holders of AAdvantage Citi and Barclaycard co-branded credit cards.
Destinations change every month and, depending on which AAdvantage credit card you hold, you can receive up to a 7,500 mile discount on a round-trip ticket.
A minimum redemption of 1.4 cents per mile when looking to cash in American miles could be considered a reasonable baseline for cashing in your miles. With that, 7,500 miles would represent $105, or $52.50 for a one-way redemption (3,750 miles).
Which Cities Are Included On The List?
The current list is valid from June 1 through September 31, 2016, but you need to book travel before July 31 before American rolls the list over to new cities.
The latest list is extensive, covering 127 destinations. Below we've gathered a few of the highlights.
- Aspen, CO (ASE)
- Austin, TX (AUS)
- Cincinnati, OH/Covington, KY (CVG)
- Dayton, OH (DAY)
- Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS)
- Houston-Intercontinental, TX (IAH)
- Indianapolis, IN (IND)
- Jacksonville, FL (JAX)
- Kansas City, MO (MCI)
- Key West, FL (EYW)
- New Orleans, LA (MSY)
- Santa Barbara, CA (SBA)
- Vancouver, BC (YVR)
And just in case you have been keeping your eye out for discount redemptions to hunt UFOs, there is:
- Roswell, NM (ROW)
How To Book Reduced Mileage Awards
If you find a destination on the list that suits your plans or is worth making plans for, the next step is to check award availability on American Airlines' website. There must be a MileSAAver award available for the flight you wish to book. You will need to make note of the details, as reservations for Reduced mileage awards need to be booked over the phone by calling American Airlines at 1-800-882-8880 (A phone booking fee, $30, will not be charged as there is no mechanism to complete this booking online).
You can also book through an airport agent ($35 fee applies) or through a travel center ($35 for travel within the U.S. and $45 for international travel). These fees are waived for Executive Platinum elite members using miles from their account
A few items to note before you book.
- For the list of cities linked above, you must book by July 31 for travel before September 31, 2016.
- Award travel must originate in the 48 contiguous United States or Canada.
- American will still charge the $75 booking fee on awards booked less than 21 days prior to departure. This fee is waived for AAdvantage elite members when they are using miles from their account.
Reduced Mileage Awards are another great way to find discounted AAdvantage award tickets for flights on American Airlines. Even if your departure city or destination are not showing, the cities change on a regular basis, and it is worth bookmarking the reduced mileage award chart so you can check back regularly.
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