American Airlines Discounted Mileage Award Tickets Jan – March 2012

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Every quarter American Airlines has a new selection of destinations you can visit on a reduced mileage award, if you happen to have one of their AAdvantage Citibank cards.  I know that many of us have one (or more) AAdvantage Citibank cards, so I wanted to point out that the list for January – March 2012 is available.  For the available destinations you can obtain a coach or first class round-trip ticket for 5,000 – 7,500 fewer miles than is typically required for a MilesSaver redemption.  This mean that first class tickets are 42,500 – 45,000 and economy tickets are 17,500 – 20,000 round trip.  The amount discounted depends on the type of AAdvantage Citibank card that you have.  Go here for more information.

Some of the available cities for travel from Jan – March 2012 include: Austin, Grand Junction, Omaha, Kansas City, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Jacksonville.

Award Rules

  • Award travel is valid for First/Business and Coach Class travel on American Airlines, American Eagle or the AmericanConnection® carrier where applicable.
  • Offer valid for round trip MileSAAverSM awards only.
  • The Reduced Mileage Awards may only be claimed from the primary cardmember’s Citi®/ AAdvantage® card account.
  • Valid for First Class on flights with two classes of service and Business Class on flights with three classes of service.
  • You must be a Citi® / AAdvantage® credit cardmember at the time the award is issued to be eligible for a Reduced Mileage Award.
  • This offer is not available for Citi® / AAdvantage® credit cardmembers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

First quarter awards are valid for round trip travel originating in the 48 contiguous United States. Booking is valid December, 2011 – March 31, 2012 for travel from January 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012. All travel must be completed by March 31, 2012. To claim your award, or for more information, call American Airlines AAdvantage® Reservations at 1-800-882-8880.*

I have never used the AAdvantage reduced mileage award flights, but I really love the concept.  I do have currently two Citi AAdvantage cards myself, and while I will not be keeping two cards open once their annual fee becomes due, this type of deal could influence me to perhaps keep one of them open.  If you are interested in getting a Citi AAdvantage card, it is listed  in my top five credit card deals.  The current 50,000 mile offer isn’t as good as the currently extinct 75,000 mile offer, but it isn’t too shabby.

Have you ever used your Citi AAdvantage card to get in on one of these reduced mileage awards?


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  1. How does AA verify which card you have?? The miles required are different for certain types of cards. Do they take your word which you have? I have an AA bronze which isn’t even listed.

  2. I believe the AA Bronze is not part of this program. My Gold Visa is scheduled to be converted to no annual fee Bronze Mastercard in Jan and I believe the rep mentioned that the feature would be gone with the conversion.

  3. After my little one was born, I flew out both grandparents with this discount, GSO-LAX. I was able to get the discount even though the “destination” offering the discount (GSO) was the departure airport. I was also able to get a 7500 mile discount on a mixed first/economy award.
    Unless it’s changed, these have to be booked by phone, so there will be a $25 per ticket fee.

  4. This was a great blog before you started focusing and PUSHING credit cards so much. I get it that you are trying to make an extra buck or two but if this is going to be your focus, I’ll stop reading.

  5. I don’t see anywhere that she is pushing a credit card in this post. Citi advantage cards a one of the most commonly carried airline credit cards , this post is reminding people of a benefit they may have forgotten about or not even known about. Credit cards are a useful tool in the miles game there is nothing wrong with Bloggers sharing about them and even pushing them.

  6. @Dan, that does sound like a pretty good bargain. Good job!

    @tassojunior, since I haven’t yet used this benefit myself, I am not 100% sure of the verification process, but it does look like Bronze isn’t listed.

    @Ted, thanks for that info.

    @Tim, awesome – thanks for sharing. Sadly there is still the phone fee, but some people have had some luck by writing in and complaining about the fee when you have to book over the phone. May get you some bonus miles – at the very least will let AA know that people think having to do these on the phone stinks. 😉

    @anonymous, I think that learning that a credit card can save you 5,000 – 7,500 miles an award ticket is pretty helpful, but I am sorry to hear that you feel this wasn’t a helpful focus for you. Rest assured you will continue to find posts on all types of ways to earn and redeem miles and points, but currently credit cards are one of the major ways to both earn (and in this case save) miles. Thanks for the feedback.

    @IPBrian, oh no! Enjoy SXSW though!

    @CaptCarryon, thanks for that feedback – much appreciated. You are 100% correct that the Citibank AA cards are very, very popular and this is a benefit that sometimes gets “lost in the shuffle”. 😉

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