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Citi AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards for Cardholders

by on August 11, 2014 · 13 comments

in Aadvantage, American, American Express, Citi

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On the heels of the (recently expired) 100,000 mile offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard, I wanted to remind readers of some of the valuable benefits of co-branded Citi AAdvantage cards. Specifically, cardholders can earn 10% of redeemed AAdvantage miles back (up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year), and have access to reduced price domestic awards. A new cycle of awards just dropped today.

Those reduced-price awards can save you either 5,000 or 7,500 miles off roundtrip award tickets in economy or first class, on certain routes within the US and Canada originating within the 48 contiguous United States. These discounted awards used to be available between various city pairs on a quarterly basis, but the program has been tweaked so that reduced mileage award routes now change monthly. Participating routes have been planned out through November. As long as there is MileSAAver availability, you should be able to receive these discounts, but you must call to book.

These cards

Cards eligible for 7,500 mile discount

Reduced Mileage Awards

Cards eligible for 5,000 mile discount

The fine print:

Travel

Offer valid for one-way and round-trip MileSAAver® awards only.
Offer valid on Premium and Main Cabin travel on American Airlines, American Eagle or the American Connection carrier where applicable (codeshare flights are not allowed).

Premium cabin includes:

  • Business Class on flights offering 3 classes of service
  • First Class on flights offering 2 classes of service

Booking Requirements

  • Awards may be booked effective August 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014
  • Awards are valid for travel August 1, 2014 – November 30, 2014
  • Awards must be claimed by September 30, 2014
  • Award travel must originate in the 48 contiguous United States or Canada

There is a list of cards eligible for the reduced mileage award, which includes the Citi Executive / AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard, among others. The list also shows which cities are available for the discounts; all are located within the continental United States, with a few Canadian destinations, including Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.

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  • http://aaadventurephoto.com/ Alan

    Lots of major cities (most places worth going) are missing :-S.

  • rob

    Barclay Card’s USAir MC (soon to be AA MC) is supposed to have 10% redeemed miles ip to 10k back, as well as the reduced milage awards come Jan 1st. If only they’d ax the 3% for exch fee now too

  • no name

    I wanted to use it for NYC – ATL but was turned down as most of the flights on this route operated by USAirways and they wont let you book it.

  • RobertBarron

    I used the Reduced Mileage Award to go from Colorado Springs, CO, to Halifax, Nova Scotia in Nov. 2011. Had an overnight stay in NYC; so I could arrive in the afternoon and not late at night. Ticket cost would have been 1,056.00. Booking Fees and Taxes were about $75.00. You cannot beat the RMA’s with a stick!

  • listen

    appears no way to avoid $25 telephone booking fee, no?

    appears easy to fly into any hub on a one-way and add a throw-away segment to an eligible destination. you want LAX-DFW, book LAX-DFW-ATL

  • http://aaadventurephoto.com/ Alan

    Sneaky! I like it… However, it does require some leg work to find a hub you want, and not every missing city will be a hub.

  • Urbanist

    Is Citi still running the 100,000 award promo with this card? I’ve picked up 200,000 miles so far from two of these. Just cancelled my second one today, and got the membership fee kicked back to boot. Would love to grab 100,000 more if this offer is still live!

  • Urbanist

    nevermind…just saw the “recently expired” comment

  • libbrichus

    Is this bookable at the reduced price only if the primary cardholder is traveling or can I book this for my family even if I, as the primary cardholder, am not traveling?

  • Tim

    Urbanist, how did you get the membership fee kicked?

  • Urbanist

    I made my $10,000 of purchases within the first 30 days, and then cancelled the card

  • RedPillRenegade

    I have the AA Gold MasterCard. I would get a 5,000 mile reduction it seems, but I still have to pay a minimum of $25 to book it. I’m not sure if this 5,000 mile reduction is for one way or roundtrip.

  • R2q14

    Will the reduced Mileage awards Be going away in 2015?

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