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A very valuable discount that is available to those who hold one of the American Airlines Citi or Barclaycard co-branded credit cards is a discount of up to 7,500 miles on saver award flights to/from select cities each month via the Reduced Mileage Awards list. I write about these discounts a few times a year, and I’m excited to share that the January 2018 list of reduced mileage awards is much longer than normal at well over 150 eligible cities!
These discounts are valid for travel on American Airlines from the lower 48 and Canada, and the amount of the discount varies based on which American co-branded credit card you carry. These discounts are a little complicated because you can’t book them online and which trips are eligible can be confusing. However, if you put in a little effort to align your trip with the list, you can save a bunch of miles.
To give an example, a couple of months ago I called American to price out a round trip award from Houston for a month that Houston was on the list as a reduced mileage destination, and while the agent on the phone wasn’t entirely familiar with the Reduced Mileage Award program at first, he was indeed able to make it work using the code TD8X7A that provides a 7,500 mile savings off of the standard 25,000 mile round trip domestic saver award. This worked even though Houston was a listed destination and we were actually using it as an origin. When all was said and done, he came back with a price of 17,500 miles + $11.20 per ticket to fly Houston – Jackson Hole – Houston via the Reduced Mileage Awards, which is a fantastic use of miles.
If you have a credit card that provides 10% of your redeemed American miles back each year, like the AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard (up to 10k miles annually), that will stack with these discounts for a total out of pocket cost of just 15,750 miles + $11.20 per round trip. You can also book one-way awards for half of the price of a round trip using these discounts. The only catch is that you must call 1-800-882-8880 to book the awards over the phone and there must be saver award availability, but the discount does work for first class or economy.
You can view the full list of available reduced mileage cities here for travel from October – January 2018, but to give you an idea of some of the more than 150 cities listed for January, I’ve included a sampling below. Be aware that this availability does change without notice, so I recommend locking in something you like as soon as you find it. Note that the discount is smaller at 1,000 – 2,000 miles per round trip if the route is 500 miles or less.
Sampling of American Airlines Reduced Mileage Award Cities for January 2018
- Colorado Springs
- Fort Lauderdale
- Grand Junction
- Hilton Head Island
- Long Island
- Orange County
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Santa Fe
- West Palm Beach
Have you used the American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards to stretch your miles award trips? Do you spot any cities on the current list that may work for you?
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