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When you have to book multiple award seats for your family, even a 25,000 mile saver award can get pricey in a hurry as you multiply by 3, 4, 5, etc… As I’ve said before, that’s why families have to be even smarter with knowing how to stretch their miles to get the award seats that they want. Of course sometimes you can do that simply by knowing about some various award charts that price some awards cheaper (such as the British Airways award chart to fly partners American, US Airways, and Alaska). Or, perhaps you do this by flying Southwest and booking awards when cash prices for tickets are low since they tie the award price to the cash price. Or, you could look to Spirit Airlines and their 2,500 mile awards if you have the Spirit Airlines credit card. There are tons of options we could delve into, but today I’m going to talk about some reduced mileage awards via American Airlines and Delta.
Book American Airlines Round Trip Awards for 15,750 Total Miles:
One way to save big on American Airline awards is by taking advantage of the Citi AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards that are available for Citibank co-branded American Airlines cardholders. These reduced mileage awards are available to select cities each month and depending on what type of co-branded Citi card you have, you can get either a 5,000 or 7,500 mile discount on each round trip ticket (half that discount on a one-way award).
Even better, if you have a card such as the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard that gives 10% of redeemed miles back, then that will stack with the 5k or 7.5k discount. These awards have to be booked over the phone, but they will waive the fee to book over the phone since you cannot book these awards online (this is a relatively new development).
What I love about these awards is that they are useful even during the busy summer travel months, though there are certainly fewer eligible cities listed in the summer than in the less busy travel months. They currently have the eligible destinations listed through July 2015. Just to give you a feel for what is out there, here are some examples of the eligible cities for June and July.
June Discounted Destination Cities:
July Discounted Destination Cities:
How to Book a Citi AA Reduced Mileage Award:
Delta Offering 5,000 Mile Award Flights:
I don’t trust Delta to be a very generous frequent flyer program (which is why I haven’t collected their miles, sometimes to my own detriment), but when they offer 5,000 mile awards that might work for your family, it makes sense to at least consider that option even if this award pricing model is an ominous sign of things to come from this award-chart-free program.
So far the 5,000 mile awards seem to be clustered on the West Coast with eligible routes including:
Los Angeles – Sacramento
Los Angeles – San Jose
Seattle – Portland
Los Angeles – San Francisco
Thanks to View from the Wing for sharing this info.
Anytime you can get your family where you want to be for fewer miles it is a good thing, so add these reduced mileage booking options to your bag of tricks if they weren’t there already!