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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:


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
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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:

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