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Along with the ability to defeat basic economy, 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.

Here’s some great news, too: The new list features 152 airports for February through May, with 78 airports on the list for all four months. As this list can be overwhelming, we’ve found it helpful to have maps of all of the options, which you’ll find below.

But, before you scroll down, here’s a quick reminder of how it works: Say you live in Atlanta, GA (ATL) or one of the other 77 airports listed all four months. If you have an eligible credit card (also below) and can find saver award availability, you can fly to any airport in the US for just 17,500 miles round-trip from February to May — since your airport is listed for all four months. For flights under 500 miles nonstop each way (like Atlanta-Charlotte), the cost is just 6,500 one-way or 13,000 round-trip.

If your airport isn’t listed for a month, you can still fly round-trip from your airport to any of the airports mapped below for 13,000 (for direct flights under 500 miles) to 17,500 AAdvantage miles if there’s award availability on the route.

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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)

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 advantage of the discount once. However, it can be stacked with 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).

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

For nonstop award flights of less than 500 miles, they’ll cost just 7,500 AAdvantage miles. These sub-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).

February Airports

AA is kicking off this version of the Reduced Mileage Award list with 130 airports for February — down slightly from 137 on the just-expired list. Here are some of the top destinations to consider:

March Airports

On the revised list for March, there are 101 airports to/from which you can apply a reduced mileage award discount. Among the many great options, there are:

April Airports

There are a surprisingly large 113 airports on the list for April. Here are some you might want to consider:

May Airports

Even as we move into the summer travel season, American Airlines has still listed a generous 102 airports for May. Here are some options:

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 February–May 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) UD21X2E / AVM13 UD14E / AVA12 UD26X2E / AVA09
Business Class (3-cabin) UD28X7E / AVA07 N/A UD33X7E / AVA10
Main Cabin TD8X7E / AVM12 TD6X5E / AVA11 TD11X2E / AVA08

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) UD22X5E / AVM11 UD14X5E / AVA06 UD27X5E / AVA03
Business Class (3-cabin) UD30E / AVA01 N/A UD35E / AVA04
Main Cabin TD10E / AVM10 TD7E / AVA05 TD12X5E / AVA02

Tips

1. The discount applies to flights both to and from the listed airports. I periodically get an AAgent that insists otherwise, so I have to employ the HUCA technique (Hang Up Call Again). 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; Alaska-operated flights don’t qualify for the discount.

3. The airports for February-March previously covered aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on this list had to be booked by January 31. Make sure to book award flights for the airports listed above before March 31 to avoid missing out. The list of airports for April and May will likely change on April 1.

4. The $75 close-in booking fee applies for travel within 21 days. This fee is waived when American Airlines Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum elites use miles from their account.

5. Reduced mileage award discounts codes can be applied to domestic business and first-class awards. The savings of 7,500/2,000 (5,000/1,000 for lesser cards) miles are the same regardless of the cabin booked.

Featured image by Robyn Beck / Getty Images

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