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One way to save big on American Airline awards is by taking advantage of the American Airlines AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards that are available for Citibank and Barclaycard co-branded American Airlines cardholders. These reduced mileage awards are available to select cities each month and depending on what type of co-branded American Airlines 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 5,000 or 7,500 discount. These awards have to be booked over the phoneat 1-800-882-8880, but they will waive the fee to book over the phone since you cannot book these awards online (this is a relatively new development).
Right now you can book these discounted awards through the end of January and the January list of reduced mileage available cities is very extensive. I didn’t count, but there are well over 100 cities on the January list including both beach and ski destinations, so you can save regardless of how you like to spend your winters. Available cities places like Vail, Steamboat, Vancouver, Burlington, Calgary, Durango, San Diego, and Tampa.
You can view the full list of available cities here. In order to utilize the discount there must be MileSAAver awards available for your flights, so be sure to use the American Airlines website first to find the applicable economy or first class saver award flights, and then call to book over the phone using the Reduced Mileage Awards to save even more miles!
For a family of four stacking the 10% mileage rebate with the 7,500 mileage discount means you can potentially save 9,250 miles per economy ticket for a total of 37,000 miles saved for a family of four that wants to head on a ski trip, beach trip, or to visit family on one of these discounted awards.
Thanks to Mommy Points reader James for letting me know the January awards are now available!