Update: Today is the final day to book reduced mileage awards, good for travel through 11/30. American awards can be cancelled and redeposited for free any time before departure.
Originally posted on 7/12:
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.
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?