How to save up to 7,500 miles on domestic American Airlines awards now through March 31

Feb 23, 2020

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Along with the ability to defeat basic economy, American Airlines’ cobranded 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 an incredible 133 qualifying airports on the list for at least one month from February to May 2020. Of these, 33 are on the list for all four months. As the number of potential destinations 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 near State College, PA or near any of the other 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 U.S. for just 17,500 miles round-trip from February through May 2020 — since your airport is listed for all four months. For flights less than 500 miles nonstop each way (i.e., State College to Philadelphia), the cost is just 6,500 miles one-way or 13,000 round-trip.

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However, 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 as little as 13,000 miles (for direct flights less than 500 miles) round-trip — again if there’s award availability on the route. Just be sure to book these flights by Mar. 31, 2020, even if you’re looking at a flight to or from the below airports that departs in April or May.

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Who is eligible for AA Reduced Mileage Awards?

If you have one of the following cards, you can save 3,750 miles off one-way award tickets:

Or, you’re eligible for 2,500 miles off a one-way award ticket 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., both the Citi Executive and the Citi Platinum Select), you’ll only get the discount once.

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. Instead, there’s 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.

Related: Maximizing redemptions with American Airlines AAdvantage

Here’s how the numbers break down for flights both longer and shorter than 500 miles:

One-way flights Within the U.S.
(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

February 2020 airports


Not mapped: Medford, OR (MFR) and Redmond / Bend, OR (RDM)

February starts with 114 airports — a slight jump from the 108 on the just-expired list. Here are some of the top destinations to consider:

March 2020 airports

Not mapped: Redmond / Bend, OR (RDM)

March drops to just 68 airports, though like February, this is slightly higher than the 66 on the previous version of the list. Here are some notable options to consider if you haven’t locked down your spring break plans:

April 2020 airports

Not mapped: Redmond / Bend, OR (RDM)

In April, the list grows once again, with 81 options to consider. Here are some notable inclusions:

May 2020 airports

May includes the fewest number of airports — just 50. However, there are some that may be of interest:

Airports all four months

There are 33 airports available for all four months. If you live in one of these cities, you can fly anywhere that you can find saver-award space from February 2020 through May 2020 for just 8,750 miles each way. Or, you can visit these cities for just 8,750 miles each way during the next four months:

How to book AA Reduced Mileage Awards

Once you’ve found MileSAAver award availability on American Airlines’ website, call American Airlines at 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 February – May 2020 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 U.S.
(excluding <500)
Flights under
500 miles
Savings (per round-trip) 7,500 2,000
First class (two-cabin) UD21X2E / AVM13 UD14E / AVA12
Business class (three-cabin) UD28X7E / AVA07 n/a
Main cabin TD8X7E / AVM12 TD6X5E / AVA11

 

And for the smaller discount:

5,000 / 1,000-mile cards Within the U.S.
(excluding <500)
Flights under
500 miles
Savings (per round-trip) 5,000 1,000
First class (two-cabin) UD22X5E / AVM11 UD14X5E / AVA06
Business class (three-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 (Hang Up Call Again) technique. One thing is clear though: American Airlines agents are instructed to only apply the discount for flights inside the U.S. to/from the listed airports. So, unfortunately, this keeps you from applying this discount for flights between a listed airport and Europe, Asia or 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 on the previous RMA list for February and March 2020 aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on the previous list had to be booked by Jan. 31. Make sure to book award flights for the airports listed above before Mar. 31, 2020 to avoid missing out, as the list of airports for April and May 2020 will likely change on Apr. 1, 2020.

4. The $75 close-in booking fee used to apply to these awards, but American removed that for all award tickets in Jan. 2020.

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.

Additional reporting by Nick Ewen

Featured photo of an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 by JT Genter/The Points Guy. All other images generated using Great Circle Mapper.


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.

Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard®

Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, the 50,000 miles are worth $700. In addition, you can earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) toward elite status after spending $40,000 in a calendar year. As of July 23, 2017 this is the only card that offers Admirals Club lounge access so if you are an AA flyer this card might make sense for you.  Aside from lounge access the primary cardholder will receive a Global Entry application fee credit every 5 years, first checked bag free for up to 8 travel companions on domestic itineraries and a 25% discount on eligible in-flight purchases on American Airlines flights.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Admirals Club® membership for you and access for up to two guests or immediate family members traveling with you
  • Earn 10,000 AAdvantage® Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) after you spend $40,000 in purchases within the year
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to 8 companions traveling with you on the same reservation
  • The standard variable APR for Citi Flex Plan is 15.99% - 24.99%, based on your creditworthiness. Citi Flex Plan offers are made available at Citi's discretion.
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
15.99% - 24.99% (Variable)
Annual Fee
$450
Balance Transfer Fee
3% of each balance transfer; $5 minimum.
Recommended Credit
Excellent

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