American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards Sweet Spots (Dec-Jan)
One of the more underutilized, or less known, perks of the American Airlines credit cards is the American Airlines reduced mileage awards calendar. American Airlines lists a whole bunch of airports in 3 month segments that are bookable for 1,000-7,500 miles less. The discount depends on which co-branded card you have and the distance flown. Let’s take a look at the program and some sweet spots on the current chart.
American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards Program
The American Airlines reduced mileage awards program is a discount award system for American Airlines credit card holders. Depending on which cards you have you get 1,000-7,500 miles off round trip tickets. You can do one way flights for half the discount as well.
To be able to book the flights you need to find saver award availability to the destination airport or departure airport.
Which Cards Earn Provide A Discount?
Here is a list of the cards that receive a discount of 7,500 miles for flights over 500 miles or 2,000 miles for flights of less than 500 miles:
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Select MasterCard®
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®
- AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver World Elite MasterCard®
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®
- AAdvantage® Aviator® Red MasterCard®
- AAdvantage® Aviator® Business MasterCard®
Here is a list of the cards that get a discount of 5,000 miles for flights of over 500 miles or 1,000 miles for flights of less than 500 miles:
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold MasterCard®
- AAdvantage® Aviator® Blue MasterCard®
American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards Booking Process
Once you find the airport on the list you are interested in, and find a saver award, you have to call 800-882-8880 to book the discount flight. They will waive the phone fee since these are not bookable online but you will still have to pay the $75 close in booking fee if the flight is 21 days away or less.
Remember to have your discount code ready:
December-January Award Sweet Spots
After taking a quick peak at the American Airlines reduced mileage awards calendar I found a couple of destinations of interest:
- Atlanta, Georgia – Jan – This is a large hub and remember that this works as your home airport too.
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Dec & Jan – You can check out an LSU game or take the hour and a half drive to New Orleans.
- Dayton & Cincinnati, Ohio – Dec & Jan – Two very expensive airports to fly out of so get a discount if you live in the area.
- Chattanooga, Tennessee – Dec & Jan – Get in touch with nature and take in the beauty of the mountain views.
- Corpus Christi, Texas – Dec & Jan – It may be too cold to swim in the winter but you can still walk the beach and warm up a bit.
- Detroit, Michigan – Dec & Jan – I put this in for my own purposes :). I get to fly somewhere warm out of Detroit for a reduced cost 💪.
- Fort Myers, Florida – Jan – Who doesn’t want to go to Florida in January?
- Grand Junction, Colorado – Dec & Jan – if you want to enjoy some winter sports then this may fit the bill.
- Hilton Head Island, SC – Dec & Jan – great golfer destination.
- Houston, Texas – Dec & Jan – I know there are a lot of miles and points people in the Houston area and both airports are on the list.
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – Jan – Get a Hilton timeshare offer and then book your flights!
- Nashville, Tennessee – Dec & Jan – Always a popular destination.
- New Orleans, Louisiana – Jan – One of my favorite places to visit. And the winter is the best time to go to beat the humidity!
- Panama City, Florida – Jan – A pre-spring break trip?
- Tampa, Florida – Jan – A quick drive or train ride to Orlando to check out the new Star Wars Disney attraction?
I think many of us, myself included, forget about this amazing offer for American Airlines cardholders. Having to find saver awards makes it a tall task at times and needing to call in to book the trip is a pain but I think the juice is worth the squeeze. Make sure you check online for saver award space before calling in and remember to have that discount code ready!