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Discounted American Airlines Award Flights (Expires November 2019)

Great news for American Airlines credit card owners: You could save up to 7,500 miles when booking your next discounted American Airlines award flight.

American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards Overview

American Airlines is offering reduced mileage awards on round trip domestic flights between October 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020. If you’ve been saving your AAdavantage® miles for a rainy day, now is the time to spend them. The award flight discounts range from 1,000 to 7,500 miles. The exact amount will vary depending on the following factors:

  • Type of American Airlines credit card used
  • Flight distance (miles)
  • Cabin type
  • Month of travel
  • Destination

Not all flights are eligible for discounts, unfortunately, as discounted mileage award flights are limited to select continental U.S. airports. However, American Airlines passengers will be pleasantly surprised to find a rather robust offering throughout the country, with the only states lacking qualifying airports being Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, and New Jersey.

How To Book Reduced Mileage Awards Flights

Awards must be booked between October 1st and November 30th, 2019. Before doing so you will need to determine your award code, which is based on the discount level that your American Airlines credit card entitles you to. Then, select your service class (the cabin type). Unfortunately, being able to take advantage of these discounted holiday flights is a bit more involved than making a standard reservation. MileSAAver® awards flights cannot be booked online; instead, travelers will have to call American Airlines Reservations at 800-882-8880 or visit a ticket office with the pre-determined award code handy.

Determining Your American Airlines Mileage Discount

Step One: Find Your Credit Card

In order to partake in MileSAAver® awards flights, you must own a co-branded American Airlines credit card. The specific credit card issuer doesn’t matter (if you were looking for a reason to apply for an American Airlines credit card, this could be your sign). There are essentially two tiers that your AA credit card will fall into: Tier One – 7,500-mile discount on flights 500+ miles / 2,000-mile discount on flights less than 500 miles Tier Two – 5,000-mile discount on flights 500+ miles / 1,000-mile discount on flights less than 500 miles

Credit Cards that Qualify for the 7,500 Mile Discount

Credit Cards that Qualify for the 7,500 Mile Discount

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

Step Two: Chose Your Cabin Type (a.k.a. Class of Service)

Based on the discount your credit card entitles you to, you must then determine your cabin level and whether the flight is greater than 500 miles.

7,500 Mile Discount/ Over 500 Miles

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD21X2C / AVM01
  • Business Class (3-cabin aircraft) – UD28X7C / AVA55
  • Main Cabin – TD8X7C / AVM99

5,000 Mile Discount/Over 500 Miles

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD22X5C / AVM98
  • Business Class (3-cabin aircraft) – UD30C / AVA49
  • Main Cabin – TD10C / AVM97

2,000 Mile Discount/Less than 500 Miles

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD14C / AVA60
  • Main Cabin – TD6X5C / AVA59

1,000 Mile Discount/Less than 500 Miles

  • First Class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD14X5C / AVA54
  • Main Cabin – TD7C / AVA53

Eligible Destinations for Discounted American Airlines Mileage Awards

American Airlines features an impressively wide range of 178 airports nationwide which will qualify for the reduced mileage awards. Availability may fluctuate by month, so travelers will need to ensure their dates of travel fall within the eligible months. While several of the more popular flying destinations have limited eligibility (in most cases January 2020 is the only time that these reduced award flights are available), most airports are available during all four months of the promotional period. Pickings will be slimmest for those who were hoping to book a discounted American Airlines flight for Thanksgiving or Christmas (although there is still a considerable number of airports available) and nearly all airports will be eligible during January – New Year’s travelers, you’re in luck! See below to view which airports are available for American Airlines reduced mileage, by state:

Alabama

Birmingham (BHM) Huntsville / Decatur (HSV) Mobile (MOB) Montgomery (MGM)

Alaska

None

Arizona

Flagstaff (FLG) Tucson (TUZ) Yuma (YUM)

Arkansas

Fort Smith (FSM) Little Rock (LIT) Northwest Arkansas (XNA) Texarkana (TXK)

California

Bakersfield (BFL) Burbank (BUR) Monterey (MRY) Oakland (OAK) Palm Springs (PSP) San Jose (SJC) San Luis Obispo (SBP) Santa Barbara (SBA) Santa Rosa (STS)

Colorado

Aspen (ASE) Durango (DRO) Grand Junction (GJT) Gunnison (GUC) Montrose (MTJ) Steamboat Springs/Hayden (HDN) Vail/Eagle (EGE)

Connecticut

Hartford (BDL)

Delaware

None

Florida

Fort Myers (RSW) Fort Walton Beach (VPS) Gainesville (GNV) Jacksonville (JAX) Panama City (ECP) Pensacola (PNS) Tallahassee (TLH) Tampa (TPA) West Palm Beach (PBL)

Georgia

Atlanta (ATL) Augusta (AGS) Savannah (SAV)

Hawaii

None

Idaho

None

Illinois

Champagne (CMI) Moline (MLI) Springfield (SPI)

Indiana

South Bend (SBN) Evansville (EVV) Fort Wayne (FWA) Indianapolis (IND)

Iowa

Cedar Rapids (CID) Des Moines (DSM) Dubuque (DBQ) Sioux City (SUX) Waterloo (ALO)

Kansas

Garden City (GCK) Manhattan (MHK) Wichita (ICT)

Kentucky

Lexington (LEX) Louisville (SDF) Covington (CVG)

Louisiana

Alexandria (AEX) Baton Rouge (BTR) Lafayette (LFT) Lake Charles (LCH) Monroe (MLU) New Orleans Shreveport (SHV)

Maine

Bangor (BGR) Portland (PWM)

Maryland

Salisbury (SBY)

Massachusetts

Worcester (ORH)

Michigan

Detroit (DTW) Flint (FNT) Grand Rapids (GRR) Kalamazoo (AZO) Lansing (LAN) Traverse City (TCV)

Minnesota

Rochester (RST) Minneapolis / St. Paul (MSP)

Mississippi

Gulfport / Biloxi (GPT) Jackson (JAN) Laurel / Hattiesburg (PIB)

Missouri

Columbia (COU) Joplin (JLN) Kansas City (MCI) Springfield (SGF) St. Louis (STL)

Montana

Billings (BIL) Bozeman (BZN) Missoula (MSO

Nebraska

Grand Island (GRI) Omaha (OMA)

Nevada

Reno (RNO)

Oklahoma

Lawton (LAW)  Oklahoma City (OKC)  Stillwater (SWO)  Tulsa (TUL)

New Hampshire

Manchester (MHT)

New Jersey

None

New Mexico

Albuquerque (ABQ) Roswell (ROW) Sante Fe (SAF)

New York

Albany (ALB) Buffalo (BUF) Ithaca (ITH) Long Island – MacArthur (ISP) Rochester (ROC) Watertown (ART) Westchester County (HPN)

North Carolina

Greensboro (GSO) Greenville (PGV) Jacksonville (OAJ) New Bern (EWN) Raleigh/Durham (RDU) Wilmington (ILM)

North Dakota

Fargo (FAR) Bismark (BIS)

Ohio

Akron / Canton (CAK) Cincinnati (CVG) Cleveland (CLE) Columbus (CMH) Dayton (DAY) Toledo (TOL) Lawton (LAW) Oklahoma City (OKC) Stillwater (SWO) Tulsa (TUL)

Oregon

Medford (MFR) Redmond/Bend (RDM)

Pennsylvania

Harrisburg (MDT) Pittsburgh (PIT) State College (SCE) Williamsport (IPT)

Rhode Island

Providence (PVD)

South Carolina

Charleston (CHS) Columbia (CAE) Florence (FLO) Greenville / Spartanburg (GSP) Hilton Head Island (HHH) Myrtle Beach (MYR)

South Dakota

Sioux Falls (FSD)

Tennessee

Chattanooga (CHA) Knoxville (TYS) Memphis (MEM) Nashville (BNA) Tri-Cities (TRI)

Texas

Abilene (ABI) Amarillo (AMA) Austin (AUS) Beaumont / Port Arthur (BPT) Brownsville (BRO) College Station (CLL) Corpus Christi (CRP) Del Rio (DRT) El Paso (ELP) Houston-Hobby (HOU) Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) Killeen (GRK) Laredo (LRD) Longview (GGG) Lubbock (LBB) McAllen (MFE) Midland / Odessa (MAF) San Angelo (SJT) San Antonio (SAT) Tyler (TYR) Waco (ACT) Wichita Falls (SPS)

Utah

Salt Lake City (SLC)

Vermont

Burlington (BTV)

Virginia

Charlottesville (CHO) Lynchburg (LYH) Newport News (PHF) Norfolk (ORF) Richmond (RIC) Roanoke (ROA)

Washington

Seattle (SEA)

West Virginia

Charleston (CRW) Huntington (HTS)

Wisconsin

Appleton (ATW) Green Bay (GRB) Madison (MSN) Milwaukee (MKE) Wausau (CWA)

Wyoming

Jackson Hole (JAC)

Click here to view the official American Airlines reduced mileage award page.

About: Allan

Allan is the Managing Editor at BestCards.com. In addition to leading a robust team of writers in the pursuit of thorough credit cards expertise, he is an avid fan of films, food, traveling, and Star Wars.