American Airlines reduced mileage awards are now out through January 2015. So you can start making your holiday travel plans if you haven’t already done so. In order to take advantage of these reduced mileage awards, you must have the specified CitiAA credit cards listed below:
Having these cards can get you 7,500 miles off your flight. You can even book one way awards. Thus a roundtrip economy flight will only cost you 17,500 AA miles and a one way will cost you 8,750 AA miles.
The website has a listing of city destinations that these reduced mileage awards will count for. Also, make sure to read my post on the AA reduced mileage award loophole. In addition, you have to make sure that there is MileSAAver availability for your trip by first going to the AA website.
For example, say I wanted to go to Colorado Springs, CO which is on the list for Nov. 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.
In order to book these awards you must call this number 1-800-882-8880. After you tell the agent your flights, you then must give them the award code listed on the website and you must pay with your AACiti card.
As a heads up, it will cost $25 to book this award type, however, if you explain to the agent that you can’t book these online, they may waive the fees but YMMV. Also if you book an award less that 21 days out, then they will charge you a $75 close-in booking fee.
Also the reduced mileage awards is valid only on American Airlines, American.Eagle or the American Connection. No codeshares are allowed. Since US airways has not fully merged with American, these are also not allowed.
I’ve used these awards many times to save me money and miles. Also remember that having the AACiti card will also give you 10% back up to 100k miles redeemed per year when you make award redemptions so this is even more in mileage savings.