AA Reduced Milage Awards

AA Reduced Milage Awards

If you have an American Airlines branded credit card you will qualify for American Airline’s “Reduced Milage Awards” which can save you as much as 7500 miles on roundtrip mileSAAver awards flight. Using the Reduced Milage Awards program a 25,000 mile award flight would only cost 17,500 miles. I value my American Airlines miles at 2 cents a mile so by using this little known program I can save ~ $150 in travel assets when I fly American.

In order to enjoy the reduced milage you must have one of American Airlines branded credit cards.

     7,500 mile discount (flights more than 500 miles) and

     2,000 mile discount (flights 500 miles or less)

  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Visa®
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® American Express®
  • CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Select Visa®
  • CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Select MasterCard®
  • CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®
  • AAdvantage® Aviator™ Silver World Elite MasterCard®
  • AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red MasterCard®
  • AAdvantage® Aviator™ Business MasterCard®

     5,000 mile discount (flights more than 500 miles) and

     1,000 mile discount (flights 500 miles or less)

  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold American Express®
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold Visa®
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Gold MasterCard®
  • AAdvantage® Aviator™ Blue MasterCard®

From the chart above you will be able to see what amount of reduction you will get with your awards flight based on the AA credit card you have and the distance of your flight.

In order to get your reduction you will next have to identify the award code that is applicable to your flight. The following chart show your award codes.

 Flights within the U.S. (more than 500 miles)

  7,500 mile discount award codes

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD21X2B / AVM92
  • Business Class (3-cabin aircraft) – UD28X7B / AVA43
  • Main Cabin – TD8X7B / AVM91

  5,000 mile discount award codes

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD22X5B / AVM90
  • Business Class (3-cabin aircraft) – UD30B / AVA37
  • Main Cabin – TD10B / AVM89

 Flights within the U.S. & Canada (500 miles or less)

  2,000 mile discount award codes

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD14B / AVA48
  • Main Cabin – TD6X5B / AVA47

  1,000 mile discount award codes

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD14X5B / AVA42
  • Main Cabin – TD7B / AVA41

 Flights to / from Canada

  7,500 mile discount award codes

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD26X2B / AVA45
  • Business Class (3-cabin aircraft) – UD33X7B / AVA46
  • Main Cabin – TD11X2B / AVA44

  5,000 mile discount award codes

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD27X5B / AVA39
  • Business Class (3-cabin aircraft) – UD35B / AVA40
  • Main Cabin – TD12X5B / AVA38

Once you have your award code you will want to look at the list of available flights based on destinations and the month of your flight.

 

When I first used the reduced milage awards program it was unclear how you defined the word, “destination” so I called AA and asked, the explanation I got was that the destination can be the destination airport or the departure airport. So if I was flying round trip from Alexandria to Abilene I would be able to fly any of the four available months. That’s good news.

Now we get down to the nuts and bolts of how to use this great travel benefit. After you have gone thru the destination chart and figured out what months you want to fly you need to go to AA’s reservations web site and find a specific flight. Keep in mind that this milage reduction is designed to be used with the mileSAAver tickets specifically so there will be some limitations. In the example below mileSAAver tickets are only available on four days. That means in order to use the reduced milage program you will have to fly on one of those four days.

After you have identified the flight you want you have two options, you can call AA reservations and book the flight or you can use the web site to hold the reservation which will give you a record locator code and then call AA reservations to get the reduced awards. If you call reservations and don’t have a  ticket on hold with a locator number the you will be charged the $40 booking fee for booking on the phone so you’re way ahead putting your ticket on hold, getting the locator number and then calling reservations to have them reduce your rewards.

When you call reservations if your ticket is on hold you can refresh the “ticket on hold “screen and the refreshed screen should reflect that the ticket is now “purchased” and reflect your reduced milage rate. I usually ask the reservation person to stay on the phone until my computer reflects the ticket purchase and reward reduction.

The Reduced Milage Awards program is an amazing tool and will stretch your American Airlines Miles out. The process takes a little time but is well worth the effort.

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