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AA Reduced Mileage Awards for June-September 2016

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American Airlines and Citi currently offer reduced mileage awards — the latest iteration of which allows you to book discounted travel now through September 2016.

Note that the airports for June-July previously covered aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on this list had to be booked by May 31, and the list changed on June 2. Make sure to book award flights for the airports listed below before July 31 to avoid missing out.

Before you ask: Yes, the discount applies to flights both to and from the listed airports, although the terms now clarify that “travel must originate in the 48 contiguous United States or Canada.”

Who’s Eligible?

Many Citi cards are eligible for a mileage discount.
Many Citi cards are eligible for a mileage discount.

If you have one of the following cards, you can save 7,500* miles off of a round-trip award ticket (or 3,750* off one-way):

Or, you’re eligible for 5,000* miles off of a round-trip award ticket (or 2,500* off one-way) if you have one of the following:

If you have multiple types of cards (i.e., the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard and Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard ), you’re only eligible to get one 7,500- or 5,000-mile discount. However, these redemptions will still be eligible for the 10% mileage rebate available on qualifying cards. So, your net mileage cost for a round-trip economy flight could be as few as 15,750 miles.

*Award flights of less than 500 miles (each way) now cost just 15,000 AAdvantage miles round-trip — rather than the standard 25,000 miles round-trip. While these <500-mile award flights aren’t eligible for the 7,500- or 5,000-mile discounts noted above, you can use an eligible card to save 2,000 (1,000) miles off of a round-trip redemption. This means that you’ll pay just 13,000 (or 14,000) AAdvantage miles round-trip for flights of less than 500 miles.

June Airports

Reduced mileage cities for July. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper. Read more: http://thepointsguy.com/2016/04/aa-reduced-mileage-awards-april-july-2016/#ixzz4ATkcw5mu
Reduced mileage cities for June. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.

Under the just-ended version of this promotion, American Airlines included 62 airports for June, but this sadly only 22 airports made the cut on this version.

Here are some you might be interested in booking:

July Airports

Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.
Reduced mileage cities for July. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.

In the heart of summer travel season, there are 37 airports on the list for July. Some of the notable airports:

August Airports

Northern reduced mileage cities for August. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.
Southern reduced mileage cities for August. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.
Western reduced mileage cities for August. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.

Once you exit the peak summer travel season, AA opens up a lot more airports for the reduced mileage awards — including 95 airports on the list for August. So many, in fact, that we needed three maps to make the airport codes readable.

Here are the top contenders for August:

September Airports

Northern reduced mileage cities for September. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.
Southern reduced mileage cities for September. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.
September 2016 AA Reduced Mileage Award Airports-West
Western reduced mileage cities for September. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.

A whopping 109 airports are included in AA’s list for reduced mileage award flights in September. Of the many options, here are some to keep in mind:

Not mapped for space: Vancouver (YVR)

How To Book

You’re going to have to call to book these award flights. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Once you’ve found MileSAAver award availability on American Airlines’ website, call American Airlines at 1-800-882-8880 — or your elite reservations number, if applicable — to book the award ticket. As these awards aren’t available for booking online, the booking agent that you speak with should waive the standard $30 phone-booking fee.

For June-September 2016 reduced mileage awards, the discount code that you’ll have to provide the agent is:

7,500 / 2,000-mile cards Within the US
(excluding <500)
Flights under
500 miles
To/From Canada
Savings (per round-trip) 7,500 2,000 7,500
First Class (2-cabin aircraft) UD21X2A / AVM86 UD14A / AVA36 UD26X2A / AVA33
Business Class (3-cabin aircraft) UD28X7A / AVA31 n/a UD33X7A / AVA34
Main Cabin TD8X7A / AVM85 TD6X5A / AVA35 TD11X2A / AVA32

 

5,000 / 1,000-mile cards Within the US
(excluding <500)
Flights under
500 miles
To/From Canada
Savings (per round-trip) 5,000 1,000 5,000
First Class (2-cabin aircraft) UD22X5A / AVM83 UD14X5A / AVA30 UD27X5A / AVA27
Business Class (3-cabin aircraft) UD30A / AVA25 n/a UD35A / AVA28
Main Cabin TD10A / AVM82 TD7A / AVA29 TD12X5A / AVA26

Tips

Keep in mind the following as well:

1. The discount requires booking by July 31. The list of airports for August and September will likely change on August 1.

2. The $75 close-in booking fee still applies to award flights within 21 days — waived when American Airlines Gold, Platinum and Executive Platinum are using miles from their account.

3. As you can tell by the codes above, the discounts are also available for domestic business and first-class flights. The savings of 7,500/2,000 (5,000/1,000) miles are the same regardless of the cabin booked.

4. Award flights to/from Canada no longer cost the same amount of miles as flights inside the US; award flights to/from Canada start at 30,000 miles round-trip in economy. If you are flying to/from an eligible city, you can apply one of these codes to save 7,500 (5,000)-miles.

Which of these reduced mileage awards are you going to book?

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