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Summer travel is so close you can probably almost feel it. The forecasted high temperature of 97 degrees here this week reinforces the fact that there are only two more weeks of school until summer break. If you left your summer plans a little loose, and are now scrambling to put together an affordable family trip using your miles and points, one good place to look for deals is on the list of American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards that currently runs through July 2018.
These discounted award flights are available to those who hold one of the Citi or Barclays co-branded American Airlines credit cards. If the city you want to fly to is on the list, you can save up to 7,500 American Airlines miles on a round trip saver award. In fact, even if you want to depart from a city on the list, in practice I have had that work to trigger the Reduced Mileage Award discount, too.
These discounts are valid for travel on American Airlines within the lower 48 states, and the exact amount of the discount varies based on which American co-branded credit card you carry, and whether the flight is above or below 500 miles in distance. These discounts are a little complicated because you can’t book them online and it can be confusing at first to figure out which trips are discounted and by what amounts. However, if you put in a little effort to align a trip with a city on the list, you can save a substantial number of miles, especially when you are booking for a whole family.
If your co-branded American Airlines credit card provides 10% of your redeemed American miles back each year, like the AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard (up to 10,000 miles annually), then that rebate will stack with these Reduced Mileage discounts for a total out of pocket cost of as little as 15,750 miles + $11.20 per round trip for flights over 500 miles.
You can also book one-way awards for half of the price of a round trip using these Reduced Mileage discounts. To book a Reduced Mileage Award, you need to call 1-800-882-8880 and provide them the discount code corresponding to your particular credit card found on this site. There must be saver award availability, which can get tight during a peak travel month such as July, though keep in mind you can book in either first class or economy.
You can view the full list of available reduced mileage cities here for travel through July 2018, but to give you an idea of some of the cities listed for June and July, 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.
Example American Reduced Mileage Award Cities for June and July
- Albuquerque, NM (July)
- Austin, TX (June and July)
- Bangor, ME (June)
- Billings, MO (June and July)
- Charleston, SC (July)
- Eugene, OR (June and July)
- Fort Meyers, FL (June and July)
- Greenville, NC (June and July)
- Hilton Head, SC (June and July)
- Houston, TX (July)
- Melbourne, FL (June and July)
- Memphis, TN (July)
- Minneapolis, MN (June and July)
- Nantucket, MA (June)
- New Orleans, LA (June and July)
- Palm Springs, CA (June and July)
- Salt Lake City, UT (July)
- San Antonio, TX (June and July)
- Santa Barbara, CA (June and July)
- Tampa, FL (June and July)
- Vail/Eagle, CO (June and July)
- West Palm Beach, FL (June and July)
Do any of the cities on American Airlines’ summer list of Reduced Mileage Awards line up with somewhere your family wants to visit?
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