American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards Sweet Spots (Dec-Jan)

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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.

Remember that fall travel is still very up in the air so you may want to skip booking until you know for sure that you will take the trip.  If have top tier status then you can book and have free cancellations.  Remember that American Airlines has free cancellations starting July 1st but they will need to be at least 60 days out.  That would not be the case for some of these bookings.

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:

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.

American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards September September wing

Remember to have your discount code ready:

American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards September

Link To Reduced Awards Page

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:

  • Aspen, Colorado – December, January – Any ski bums out there?
  • Burbank, California – January – I know a lot of LA locals will be able to take advantage of this one.
  • Cincinnati/Dayton/Cleveland, Ohio – January – There is a large group of miles and points fanatics in Ohio and their airports are not cheap.  Hopefully they can use this on some departure bookings.
  • Fort Walton Beach, Florida – January – I know people love the Destin area.
  • Gulfport / Biloxi, Mississippi – December, January – for the gamblers out there.
  • Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – December, January – should be able to still hit the links.
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming – December, January – Check out where the celebs vacation.
  • Key West, Florida – December, January – The tough part will be finding saver space.
  • Knoxville, Tennessee – December, January – rent a cabin in the mountains and sit by the fire.
  • Portland, Maine – January – Check out a beer lovers paradise.
  • Reno, Nevada – January – For the gamblers or anyone that wants to check out the beauty of Lake Tahoe without the crowds.
  • Savannah, Georgia – December, January – Check out Savannah’s beauty without all the heat.
  • Vail, Colorado – December, January – Options between here and Aspen.
  • West Palm Beach, Florida – January – Walk the beach without all the humidity.

The list is pretty extensive overall this time around so be sure to check it out.


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!

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. Mark,

    This is a good reminder. What if my wife has the credit card and I am an authorized user and also have a credit card. Am I eligible to take the miles from my account since I also have a credit card and listed? Or does it only have to be from my wife’s account?

    • I think since the card would be tied to her account they would take it from there. Don’t quote me on that though.

  2. So, if I find award flights that are well over 500 miles each way to Corpus Christi for 10,000 miles RT, and I have the right credit card, will they really give me a discount of 7,500 miles – resulting in RT flights for 2,500 miles?

    • I would imagine they wouldn’t work if they are web specials since that is how AA has done it with partner bookings etc. But web specials are so new I can’t say for sure since I haven’t heard anything either way.


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