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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 benefit 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.

And, it’s not like there are only a few airports that qualify. The current list has 113 airports listed for at least one month from August through November, with 32 airports on the list for all four months. As the number of cities can be overwhelming, we’ve found it helpful to have maps of all the options. You’ll find those maps below.

But, before you scroll down, here’s a quick reminder of how reduced mileage awards work. Say you live in Roanoke, VA (ROA), or one of the other 31 airports listed all four months. If you have an eligible credit card and can find saver award availability, you can fly to any airport in the US for just 17,500 miles round-trip from August to November — since your airport is listed for all four months. For flights under 500 miles nonstop each way (i.e., Roanoke to Newark), the cost is just 6,500 one-way or 13,000 round-trip.

But, even if your airport isn’t listed for a month, you can still fly from your airport to any of the airports mapped below for just 13,000 (for direct flights under 500 miles) to 17,500 AAdvantage miles round-trip, 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 a round-trip award ticket (or 3,750 off one-way):

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

  • Citi / AAdvantage Gold World Elite Mastercard
  • Other credit cards listed here that are no longer open to new applicants.

If you have multiple types of cards (i.e., the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard and the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard), you’re only eligible to take advantage of the discount once. However, the discount can be stacked with the 10% mileage rebate available on qualifying AA cards. So, your “net” mileage cost for an economy flight could be just 7,875 miles one-way (15,750 round-trip).

How Do the Amounts Add Up?

Nonstop award flights of less than 500 miles normally cost just 7,500 AAdvantage miles. These sub-500-mile award flights aren’t eligible for the full 7,500-mile round-trip 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, and that’s before the 10% rebate. Here’s how the numbers break down for flights both longer and shorter than 500 miles:

One-Way Flights Within the US
(excluding <500)
Flights under
500 miles
Award Chart Cost 12,500 7,500
Reduced Mileage Award Discount (3,750) (1,000)
Mileage Cost 8,750 6,500
10% Rebate (if eligible) (875) (650)
Net Cost 7,875 5,850

Remember that the AA 10% mileage rebate is capped at 10,000 miles per calendar year, so if you’ve already hit your limit, you’ll pay the amounts listed on the “Mileage Cost” row of the chart.

August Airports

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

AA is kicking off this version of the Reduced Mileage Award list with 75 airports for August — down noticeably from 128 on the just-expired list. Here are some of the top destinations to consider:

Not mapped (for space): Billings, MT (BIL)

September Airports

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

On the revised list for September, there are 98 airports — again down from 154 airports — to/from which you can apply a reduced mileage award discount. Among the many great options, there are:

Not mapped (for space): Billings, MT (BIL)

October Airports

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

As we get into fall, there are just 41 airports on the list for October. Here are some you might want to consider:

November Airports

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

As we get into holiday season, American Airlines has listed just 51 airports for November. 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 to book online, the terms and conditions state that the standard $30 phone-booking fee will be waived. However, if you book in person through an airport agent or AA travel center, a booking fee of $35 will apply.

For August–November 2018 reduced mileage awards, the discount codes that you’ll have to provide the agent for the larger discount are as follows:

7,500 / 2,000-mile cards Within the US
(excluding <500)
Flights under
500 miles
Savings (per round-trip) 7,500 2,000
First Class (2-cabin) UD21X2E / AVM13 UD14E / AVA12
Business Class (3-cabin) UD28X7E / AVA07 N/A
Main Cabin TD8X7E / AVM12 TD6X5E / AVA11

And for the smaller discount:

5,000 / 1,000-mile cards Within the US
(excluding <500)
Flights under
500 miles
Savings (per round-trip) 5,000 1,000
First Class (2-cabin) UD22X5E / AVM11 UD14X5E / AVA06
Business Class (3-cabin) UD30E / AVA01 N/A
Main Cabin TD10E / AVM10 TD7E / AVA05

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). One thing is clear though: American Airlines agents are instructed to only apply the discount for flights inside the United States to/from the listed airports. So unfortunately, this keeps you from applying this discount for flights between a listed airport and Europe, Asia, the Caribbean or even Canada.

2. Unfortunately the discount only applies to American Airlines-operated flights; Alaska-operated flights don’t qualify for the discount.

3. The airports on the previous RMA list for August and September aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on the previous list had to be booked by July 31. Make sure to book award flights for the airports listed above before September 30 to avoid missing out, as the list of airports for October and November will likely change on October 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.

6. Canada flights still haven’t returned. I noticed in February that the terms and conditions were scrubbed of all Canada mentions. However, for a while, we still had codes that would sometimes work for Canada flights. But, those cards disappeared in the April 1 version of this program and still aren’t back.


This is The Points Guy’s permanent page about American Airlines’ reduced mileage awards, so you can bookmark it and check back regularly for the latest offer. Keep in mind you may see some reader comments referring to older versions below.

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