The list of cities for American Airlines reduced mileage awards is now out for February to May 2017. In order to be eligible for award discounts, you must be a holder of the below credit cards. The type of card as well as the distance you fly determines the discount you can get on a round trip flight. One way flights are half of these amounts.
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.
In order for your 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 Ft. Lauderdale which is on the list in February. 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 or American Eagle. No code share flights are allowed ei Alaska Airlines. Flights must originate in the 48 continental US or Canada so Hawaii or Alaska will not qualify.
After you get your flights in order, you must call this number 1-800-882-8880 to book your flight with an agent. Tell the agent your dates and flight details and give them the award code. You must pay with your eligible card. Here are the award codes below:
As a reminder, if you book an award less that 21 days out, then the agent will charge you a $75 close-in booking fee. This charge is waived for AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum and Gold elite members using miles from their account.
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!