New Format For Citi AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards

Citi AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards (June-September)

From now on the cities will actually rotate every month instead of every quarter, click on the link above to view the monthly discounted cities through September.
The really good news is that you can now receive the discount on one-way travel.

A one-way discounted coach award with Platinum level credit card is 8,750 miles and a round-trip discounted award is 17,500 miles.
Of course as the Platinum level credit card also gives a 10% rebate on award redemptions (up to 10,000 miles can be rebated per year) that will make the effective one-way price 7,875 miles and the effective round-trip price 15,750 miles.

To book these awards just call AA’s AAdvantage desk at 800-882-8880 and reference the following award code:
7,500 miles off Coach: TD8X7A
7,500 miles off Business/First: UD21X2A

While BA Avios can be a better deal for short-haul nonstop flights, bear in mind that you pay for each flight segment when redeeming Avios, whereas with AA miles you pay a flat rate for the entire journey.

It’s worth noting that because you can now book one-way travel you can also take better advantage of hidden city award ticketing.
Say you are Miami based and want to fly to Los Angeles.
You can book a one-way from Miami to Monterey, CA for 7,875 miles and get off the plane in Los Angeles:

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For the return you can book a one-way from Los Angeles to Washington DC and get off the plane in Miami:

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Unlike when you arrive from an international flight where everyone must claim their luggage at the gateway US city, this won’t work if you have checked luggage.  However if you can travel light or are willing to ship your suitcases (it’s cheaper than you think) then it can save you a nice chunk of miles, especially if you are traveling with several people.

There is a $25 phone fee and some people have had success getting them to waive the fee as it can’t be booked online.  You may want to hold the award you want online and call them up to book it and then you can argue that you created the reservation online and shouldn’t be subject the the phone fee. YMMV.

While the discount is intended for the destination city, some people have reported success getting the discount applied for originating from one of the cities on the list and flying to any city in the US49 and Canada. YMMV definitely applies here as well.

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23 Responses to “New Format For Citi AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards”

  1. chaim Says:
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    does the aa card cover car insurance in israel?

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  2. Dan Says:
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    @chaim:
    Yes, the World Mastercard does.

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  3. josh Says:
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    Are the discounts for the month of travel or the month of booking? Thanks.

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  4. Dan Says:
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    @josh:
    Travel.

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  5. meshugener Says:
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    Is it also for partner airlines booked with AA miles?

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  6. Dan Says:
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    @meshugener:
    Officially it says American Airlines, American Eagle or American Connection only.

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  7. Noam Says:
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    Great Post, thank you!

    So how would I know which hidden city can get me to my destination?

    E.G, MIA- LAX, how do i know that the flight to MRY does stop over in LAX? Any easy screen/ link to screen for best connections?

    amazing, indeed.

    Any info about cost of shipping luggage?

    if booked with FF #, would they note you tend not to show up for second segments?

    ;-)

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  8. Buenos naches Says:
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    Dan – Just to be a nudge – it’s Monterey with 1 “r” – wouldn’t want people getting off the plane in Mexico -

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  9. AA fan Says:
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    In the past it was messy if you had to switch dates of the flight to outside the quarter. Any idea on what happens undewr the new policy if you book for travel in a month it is offered, but need to change the date to the next month (which would otherwise be free and simple for standard awards)?

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  10. duvi Says:
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    Hi dan which card would u rader use for car rentals united milege plus or sapphire? Thanks for your time!

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  11. E Says:
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    How simple is it for MR A, Card holder, to book for Mrs C, a relative, using dads miles?

    dad account not on CC. Can it work with RMA?

    Can it work at all?

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  12. tolch Says:
    12

    off topic but
    if i got the united explorer then moved over credit ine to my saphire now i wana get a united explorer buisneess will i get bonus for opening it
    anybody with experience plz comment

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  13. Elite Status Says:
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    If you always travel using award miles how do you become elite status?

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  14. sam Says:
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    @Dan:
    I have a master world & they told me that they do NOT cover israel when I called to ask.
    but the car rental in israel will still rent u a car even with no insurance if u have a master world cus they think its covered (or the know & just they r not allowed with to give out with no insurance but they make themself as the don’t know)

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  15. sam Says:
    15

    no

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  16. A1 Says:
    16

    Is there any reduced fare from nyc to mia or fll in June?

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  17. Ivan Hubscher Says:
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    I am not sure that I understand how this works. I have an AA Platinum World Mastercard.

    Can the departure be any city? Must the destination be one of the rotating cities? Must I pay with the AA Platinum World Mastercard?

    Does this work Chicago to Tel-Aviv?

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  18. Elite Status Says:
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    @sam:

    Which world master card do you have?

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  19. Noam Says:
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    Ivan,
    yes, depart any city to one of the monthly destination.
    yes, must pay for rest of ticket (issue fee, tax) with that same credit card,
    International are not offered special reduced miles.

    Sam, when did you speak with MC? I have a written policy saying israel is covered.

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  20. norman Says:
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    Can I use this discoumt to go from Miami to London/ England or Paris France, returning to Miami Fl.

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  21. Noam Says:
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    NO INTERNATIONAL.

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  22. David Says:
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    I have the Citibank Platinum level VISA card…will this work or only MasterCard?

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  23. Jim Says:
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    Im AAdvantage member but now i happen to fly on BA, should i start collecting avios, or keep collecting my miles on AA?

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