The list of cities for American Airlines reduced mileage awards is now out for July 2015 and there have been some slight changes since I last posted about these awards.
First you will notice that the credit cards that are eligible include the new Barclays Aviator cards which were formerly US Airways cards. The discount you can receive on a roundtrip flight depends on the card you have. Also if you are just looking for a one way flight, then divide the mile discount by 2.
Next find out if your originating or destination city is on the list for the month you want to travel. The cities are mostly US destinations but there are a few Canadian cities as well.
Now in order for you flight to qualify for reduced mileage awards, you have to find MileSAAver availability on AA.com. To walk you through an example, say I wanted to go from Houston to Key West, FL in July which is on the list. Only those dates in green for 12.5k each way will be available for reduced mileage awards in economy.
This also works for business class rewards and only those dates in blue for 25k will be eligible for reduced mileage.
Next you want to make sure that the flights that you want to book are either with American Airlines, American Eagle, or US Airways. Allowing US Airways flights is another change since they have now merged with AA. No code share flights are allowed ei Alaska Airlines.
After you finally get your flights in order, you must call this number 1-800-882-8880 to book your flight with an agent. After you tell the agent your dates and flight details, you then must give them the award code and you must pay with your eligible card. Here are the award codes below:
Also remember that having the above credit cards will also give you 10% mileage back up to 100k miles redeemed per year when you make award redemptions so this is even more in mileage savings.