Goodbye To The American Reduced Mileage Awards For Cardholders

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For many years, American has offered reduced mileage awards, offering savings of up to 7.5K miles off travel to/from rotating destinations to AA credit card holders.

Alas, my Citi AA business and consumer card statements for July confirm that these awards will be discontinued effective 10/1. It suggests that web specials offer great savings, but those are offered to all AAdvantage members and while they can be cancelled, they can’t be changed.

Back in the aughts, there were bargains like round-trip flights to London for 32.5K miles or Shanghai for 42.5K miles in coach or round-trip flights to Hawaii for 67.5K miles in business class.

I reported in 2009 that the program had been gutted and no longer offered discounts to international destinations, though it did still offer discounted awards to Canada.

In 2013 they changed from offering quarterly lists to monthly lists, which has continued until now.

The 10/1 end date means that the current monthly list will be the final one. Cardholders can save up to 7.5K miles by calling AA at 800-882-8880 to book award travel to/from cities like Aspen, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Flagstaff, Fort Lauderdale, Fresno, Hilton Head, Houston, Kansas City, Key West, Long Beach, Minneapolis, Montreal, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Tampa, Vancouver, West Palm Beach, and more.

Have you take advantage of reduced mileage awards over the years?

HT: lakewood34, via DDF

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15 Comments On "Goodbye To The American Reduced Mileage Awards For Cardholders"

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Yakov

Typo “Back in the aughts,”

Dan number1

Do they give back for everyone flying in same itinerary

Ben

Wonderful. Shortly after I found out about them they’re gone.

Do you know if this applies to Barclays cards as well?

AA

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Cynthia

I’d like to know about the Barclays cards as well. I got rid of my Citi AA card long ago.

Ikey

I’ve used the reduced mileage awards several times. You had to call an 800 number to book the discount. Very often the agents had no idea about the program and had to speak to their supervisors. It took between 20 and 30 minutes to book.
In one remote city I informed the shliach about this program. He had no idea even though he traveled once a month to NY, was an AA Gold member, and a follower of this site !

Danschosid

I just booked 6k miles to Jackson hole to Yellowstone national park direct from jfk in middle of summer July 20 and another 6k back crazy cheap meaning my family flying round trip 72k for 6 people staying in Marriott for free with points

pes

which marriot were you able to get ? i think bozemann is booked up on the marriott hotelswith points in the july area

Danschosid

I booked west Yellowstone and big sky that are near to Yellowstone why would I want Bozeman?

4

I love finding out things right before they end

Junkyardunz

So you need to call? And it’s only available if you are a cardholder?

Bob

Yes & Yes

Mommyincharlotte

What is the point of that credit card now? The mileage saver was the value for me. Ohhh…checked baggage.

Danschosid

It has not ended still available to anyone 7.5k for example to Jackson wy

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