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In late 2018, American Airlines rolled out a new mileage discount program called Economy Web Specials which offers AAdvantage members a chance to book economy flights for as little as 5,000 miles each way. Although American started with just six obscure routes, it expanded to 11 routes in early November and up to 39 routes in mid-December — including flights to Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America and Europe.
While the spectacular pricing on overseas routes isn’t available anymore, there’s still plenty of domestic routes that are currently pricing at just 5,000 miles each way. As far as we can well, there are currently 29 routes in the US and Canada that are available through Economy Web Specials — and many are pricing at just 5,000 miles each way:
ABQ-SAT, BOS-GSO, CLE-MSP, CLT-MLB, DFW-BRO, DFW-CRP, DFW-FLL, DFW-ICT, DFW-LIT, DFW-MAF, DFW-MFE, DFW-MSY, DFW-YYZ, IAH-ABQ, IAH-SNA, IND-AUS, LAX-AUS, LAX-LAS, LAX-PDX, LGA-ORF, LGA-RIC, MCO-BWI, OKC-SNA, ORD-ROA, PHL-GSO, PHX-LAS, PHX-LGB, PIT-MCO, RDU-DAY.
At current TPG valuations, 5,000 AA miles is worth just $70. Adding in taxes and fees of just $5.60 one-way and these deals are equivalent to paying around $76 for a one-way flight.
Airline: American Airlines
Routes: (see routes above)
Cost: 5,000 miles + $5.60 taxes/fees one-way
Book Via: Directly with American Airlines
Pay Taxes/Fees With: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel plus trip delay insurance). While several American Airlines cards earn 2x miles on AA bookings, it’s best to stick to a card that offers travel protections.
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Austin (AUS) to Los Angeles (LAX) for 5,000 miles one-way:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Portland (PDX) for 5,000 miles one-way:
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for 5,000 mile one-way:
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Orlando (MCO) for 5,000 mile one-way:
Boston (BOS) to Greensboro, NC (GSO) for 6,000 miles one-way:
Minneapolis (MSP) to Cleveland (CLE) for 6,000 miles one-way:
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Toronto (YYZ) for 7,500 miles one-way:
How Economy Web Specials Works
I’d recommend reading through all of the details in this post about how Economy Web Specials works. However, as a quick briefer:
- These awards don’t have all of the American Airlines Basic Economy limitations.
- Executive Platinum elites get upgrades as they can on other domestic economy awards
- Where the American website says “Economy Web Specials cannot be changed once ticketed.” This isn’t defined but may mean that travelers can’t use Same Day Flight Changes to switch to another award flight on the same day.
- You can cancel and reinstate your miles according to the same terms as any other AAdvantage award. A redeposit fee of $150 for the first passenger and $25 per additional passenger applies for everyone but AAdvantage Executive Platinum elites.
- The “Economy Web Special” program is in addition to — but not replacing — the Reduced Mileage Award program.
If these awards leave your AAdvantage account depleted, here are some ways to replenish your account:
- Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard: 50,000 miles after spending $2,500 in the first three months.
- CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard: 50,000 AAdvantage miles after making $3,000 in purchases in first 3 months and 10,000 after making a total of $10,000 in purchases in first 12 months of account opening. Plus, 2x miles on a wide variety of expenses.
- Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard: 50,000 miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months. Plus Admirals Club access for up to 33 travelers at a time.
- American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card: 10,000 miles and a $50 statement credit for spending $500 in three months — with no annual fee
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