30% Off Fall American MileSAAver Domestic and Canada Coach Awards

by on May 27, 2011 · 20 comments

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American’s 30 Deals in 30 Days have been a mixture of some really good deals and a lot of boring ones that I haven’t even taken the time to write about. Today’s is pretty amazing if you use your AA miles to fly domestically in coach. They are offering 30% off all SAAver level awards for travel between September 7, 2011, and November 8, 2011 and the system is already coded to include this discount, so it’s very apparent which flights are eligible. I tried booking a JFK-LAX flight for October and I had many options to spend 17,500 miles and $5 per roundtrip. I also like the inclusion of Canada, since Canadian flights are generally very expensive. I priced out a Miami to Vancouver for only 17,500 miles and $49.70 in taxes and fees!

If you are coming to the October Chicago frequent flyer seminar, you may want to consider using your AA miles. TPG reader Ashley pointed out in the comments section that fares were $400+ for her, so using 17,500 miles is a pretty good deal.

If you don’t have many AA miles, you can sign up for two fee-waived Citi cards and get 150,000 AA miles after $3,000 in spend within 6 months. Check out my post on that topic.

I also like how the T&C gives a lot of time to book these awards – they are around until June 10, 2011.

“To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the AAdvantage® program, we are offering a special limited-time discount on Economy Class MileSAAver awards on American Airlines within the Continental U.S. and Canada. No registration is required. The mileage discount will automatically be applied to eligible reservations. That’s a savings of 3,750 miles each way or 7,500 miles round-trip. Reservations must be booked and ticketed between May 27, 2011, and June 10, 2011, for travel between September 7, 2011, and November 8, 2011.

Maybe yesterday’s Delta award booking discount will be re-introduced so Delta remains competitive on these awards?

They've added the new discounted price category for eligible awards

JFK LAX Roundtrip for 17,500 and $5

Miami to Vancouver for 17,500 miles as well!

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  • Alan

    Excellent deal… just booked 2 Phila to Calgary tix for 35,000 miles and about $100.

  • mark

    Sorry if you posted this…is the deal only good today?

  • CP

    If i have the 100k BA miles from the card, can I book 17.5k award tickets?

  • ashley

    Just booked my trip to the Chicago seminar from Miami. Fares were close to $400. Thanks for the post.

  • Will

    Hi TPG!

    Do you know if I can use BA miles and still get the same discount? Thank you!!

  • The Points Guy

    @Mark you have until June 10, 2011 to book

    @CP and Will- you will not get the discount using BA miles. This is only when using AA miles for AA flights.

  • The Points Guy

    @Ashley- great advice- I added that into my post. See you there!

  • Mommy Points

    How awesome would it be if other airlines (ahem, CO/UA) matched this reward ticket “sale”. Doubtful, I know, but this is still great for AA fliers!

  • Ed

    You Wrote:

    They are offering 30% off all SAAver level awards and the system is already coded to include this discount, so its very apparent which flights are eligible

    I’m seeing very limited availability for this. So disappointing because the destinationcity I picked (Charleston, WV) is almost always on their quarterly sale that is available to their Citi credit card users.

  • Dale

    Not seeing it from local airport (XNA) and have tried a lot of combinations – does it only come up after clicking through (?) or is there a way to research when and where it’s available? THANKS!

    Dale – Fayetteville AR

  • The Points Guy

    @Ed/Dale are you sure you are searching for travel between September 7, 2011, and November 8, 2011?

  • Dale

    Followup to my own question/post, for anybody else wondering — it will come up upon initial calendar screen(s) as 8.75 per leg when available. Seems to be only well in advance…but it’s there.
    Dale – Fayetteville AR

  • Roy

    Unfortunately, I have already booked my Super Saver award flights for Chicago from LAX. However, FYI, I checked with AA Customer Service regarding re-booking the flights to take advantage of the the 30% discount and they would charge a $150 restocking fee so no deal.

    Just thought people in the same situation would want to know.

    Roy – Torrance CA

  • Seattle

    17,500 even to Alaska. Nice deal.. Can even catch the end of tourist season up there in Sep.

  • Jade

    Thanks, TPG! Excellent information.

    I just noticed that the fare from LAX to ORD through United was reduced to $320. If a person has some status with United (i.e., PE with bonus miles) but does not have any status with AA, it seems a good idea to still buy the tickets from United. Just some thoughts.

  • Steve K

    Incredible “Easter Egg” AAdvantage offer!

    Exclusive (at least at this moment) for TPG!

    The mileage award savings also extend to Europe. Depending on the destination, there is availability as of late October/Early November for “Economy MileSAAver Off Peak” trip to Europe for a measely 20,000 AAdvanage miles! You can see availability (and book, at least at this moment), trips from most anywhere in the US AA flies, to anywhere in Europe AA flies.

    For example, I just saw an SFO (San Francisco) to JFK (New York) on to FCO (Rome), including a stopover in NY in early November, for 20,000 miles. And, AA likely will even allow certain date changes with no penalty.

    No idea how long this will last, so why not play with the AAdvantage flights search engine ( ) and see what suits you?

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  • ashley

    I see 20k miles each way to Europe 40k total for “Economy MileSAAver Off Peak”

  • alan

    One other note for Amex Platinum cardholders… Amex seems to be counting the fees and taxes on these fares towards the $200 fee credit. I got the $59 each for two tix from PHL to YYC refunded yesterday.

  • MJL

    Wasn’t this a pleasant surprise!

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