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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 an incredible 186 qualifying airports on the list for at least one month from August to November 2019. Of these, 77 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 Houston Intercontinental or Hobby airports, or near of the other 75 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 through November — since your airport is listed for all four months. For flights less than 500 miles nonstop each way (i.e., Houston to Dallas), 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 as little as 13,000 miles (for direct flights less than 500 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 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, 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.

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

August 2019 Airports

AA is kicking off this version of the Reduced Mileage Award list with 108 airports for August — up slightly from the 102 on the just-expired list. Here are some of the top destinations to consider:

Not mapped: Billings, MT (BIL) and Boise, ID (BOI)

September 2019 Airports

On the revised list for September, there are an incredible 171 airports — up even more from 167 airports on the old version — to/from which you can apply a reduced mileage award discount. These include:

October 2019 Airports

As we enter the fall, the list shrinks to 120 airports for October. Here are some you might want to consider:

November 2019 Airports

There are also 120 airports on the list in November, meaning you theoretically could book Thanksgiving travel at a discount. However, American Airlines is known for jacking up award rates around the holidays and you’ll need to find MileSAAver availability to book Reduced Mileage Awards. Here are some notable options for November:

Not mapped: Bozeman, MT (BZN); Jackson Hole, WY (JAC) and Missoula, MT (MSO)

Airports All Four Months

There are 77 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 August to November 2019 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

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 2019 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) UD21X2B / AVM92 UD14B / AVA48
Business Class (3-cabin) UD28X7B / AVA43 n/a
Main Cabin TD8X7B / AVM91 TD6X5B / AVA47

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) UD22X5B / AVM90 UD14X5B / AVA42
Business Class (3-cabin) UD30B / AVA37 n/a
Main Cabin TD10B / AVM89 TD7B / AVA41


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 2019 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, 2019 to avoid missing out, as the list of airports for October and November 2019 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.

Featured image of an American Airlines Boeing 787-9 by JT Genter / The Points Guy. All other images generated using Great Circle Mapper.

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