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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi / AAdvantage Gold World Elite Mastercard

Along with priority boarding and a free checked bag, Citi-issued American Airlines co-branded credit cards offer a lesser known, but quite valuable, perk: reduced mileage awards. This offer allows you to save between 1,000 and 7,500 miles per round-trip, depending on the route and the type of card you have.

However, you need to be flying to or from one of the listed airports, not between them, and find oftentimes-elusive MileSAAver AAvailability to get the discount. This time around, I think we have a new record. There’s a jaw-dropping 176 airports on the list for one of the months between October and January. As this list can be overwhelming, we’ve found it incredibly helpful to have maps of all of the options.

Before you scan the maps below, here’s a quick reminder of how it works: Say you live in Santa Barbara, CA (SBA). If you have an eligible credit card (see below) and can find saver award availability, you can fly to any airport in the US for just 13,000 (under 500 miles nonstop each way) or 17,500 miles round-trip from October to January — since your airport is listed for all four months.

If you live in New York City, your airports (JFK/LGA/EWR) aren’t listed in any month. However, you can still fly round-trip from JFK/LGA/EWR to any of the airports mapped below for 13,000-17,500 miles if you can find award availability.

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Who’s Eligible?

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:

  • Citi / AAdvantage Gold World Elite Mastercard (as well as the old Visa and Amex versions)
  • AAdvantage Aviator Blue MasterCard (not accepting new applications)
One-Way Flights Within the US
(excluding <500)
Flights under
500 miles
To/From
Canada
Award Chart Cost 12,500 7,500 15,000
Reduced Mileage Award Discount (3,750) (1,000) (3,750)
Mileage Cost 8,750 6,500 11,250
10% Rebate (if eligible) (875) (650) (1,125)
Net Cost 7,875 5,850 10,125

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 take the discount once. However, you’ll still be eligible for the 10% mileage rebate available on qualifying cards. So, your “net” mileage cost for an economy flight could be just 7,875 miles one-way (15,750 round-trip).

Nonstop award flights of less than 500 miles (each way) cost just 7,500 AAdvantage miles one-way — rather than the standard 12,500 miles one-way. These <500-mile award flights aren’t eligible for the 3,750-mile discount noted above, but instead see a savings of 1,000 miles each way. This means that you’ll pay just 6,500 miles one-way for flights of less than 500 miles (before the 10% rebate).

October Airports

AA RMA October 2017

American Airlines is kicking off this version of the Reduced Mileage Award list with 80 airports for October. Here are some of the top destinations to consider:

November Airports

AA RMA November 2017

As we get into the holiday season, American Airlines and Citi are offering 80 airports for November. Some options are:

December Airports

AA RMA December 2017 North

AA RMA December 2017 South

AA RMA December 2017 West

If you can find saver award availability, there’s 108 airports that made the list for December. Here are some you might want to consider:

Not mapped (for space): Bangor, ME (BGR)

January Airports

AA RMA January 2018 North

AA RMA January 2018 South

AA RMA January 2018 West

For January, there’s an incredible 168 airports on the list, filling the maps with dots. While there’s a ton of possibilities, you might consider:

Not mapped (for space): Bangor, ME (BGR); Rapid City, SD (RAP); Seattle, WA (SEA); Spokane, WA (GEG); Eugene, OR (EUG)

How To Book

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 terms and conditions state that the standard $30 phone-booking fee will be waived. However, if you book through an airport agent or AA travel center, a booking fee of $35 will apply.

For October 2017–January 2018 reduced mileage awards, the discount codes that you’ll have to provide the agent for the larger discount are:

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)  UD21X2C / AVM01 UD14C / AVA60  UD26X2C / AVA57
Business Class (3-cabin) UD28X7C / AVA55 N/A UD33X7C / AVA58
Main Cabin   TD8X7C / AVM99  TD6X5C / AVA59 TD11X2C / AVA56

And for the smaller discount:

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)  UD22X5C / AVM98 UD14X5C / AVA54  UD27X5C / AVA51
Business Class (3-cabin) UD30C / AVA49 N/A UD35C / AVA52
Main Cabin TD10C / AVM97 TD7C / AVA53  TD12X5C / AVA50

Tips

1. The discount applies to flights both to and from the listed airports. However, American Airlines agents are instructed to only apply the discount for flights between the “48 contiguous United States or Canada” and the listed airports. So, unfortunately, this keeps you from applying this discount for flights between a listed airport and Europe, Asia or even the Caribbean.

2. Unfortunately the discount only applies to American Airlines-operated flights — not Alaska-operated flights.

3. The airports for October-November previously covered aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on this list had to be booked by September 30. Make sure to book award flights for the airports listed above before November 30 to avoid missing out. The list of airports for December and January will likely change on December 1.

4. The $75 close-in booking fee still applies for travel within 21 days — waived when American Airlines Gold, Platinum and Executive Platinum members are using miles from their account.

5. 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 for lesser cards) miles are the same regardless of the cabin booked.

6. 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 miles.

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