The Complete Guide to American’s Reduced Mileage Awards

You could save up to 7,500 American Airlines AAdvantage miles by booking reduced mileage awards.

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American Airlines has a region-based award chart, offering several sweet spot opportunities for flights to Europe and South America. However, if you also hold one of the airline’s co-branded credit cards, you can take advantage of reduced mileage awards, which allow you to save up to 7,500 miles when booking round-trip award tickets within the U.S. and Canada.

It is important to note that this reduced mileage award program is ending Oct. 1, 2021.

What are AA reduced mileage awards?

American Airlines reduced mileage awards offer a discount of up to 7,500 miles on the cost of a round-trip award ticket or 3,750 miles for a one-way flight, depending on which American Airlines credit card you hold.

One-way flights that are less than or equal to 500 flown miles get a smaller discount — either 500 or 1,000 miles depending on which card you have. Reduced mileage awards are available in the main cabin, business and first class. Award ticket taxes and fees are $5.60 per one-way trip.

Which American Airlines credit cards offer reduced mileage awards?

You must hold one of the co-branded American Airlines credit cards to be eligible for Reduced Mileage Awards. The following credit cards offer the full discount, which is 7,500 miles for round-trip flights longer than 500 miles or 2,000 miles for shorter flights:

This next set of credit cards offers a 5,000-mile discount on round-trip flights longer than 500 miles or a 1,000-mile discount for shorter flights.

Also, keep in mind that although the official American Airlines site consistently markets these discounts as round-trip amounts, you can book one-way award flights for half of the discount (so a 3,750-mile discount on an award flight longer than 500 miles with one of the credit cards in the first group).

Where can you fly with reduced mileage awards?

Through September, American’s reduced mileage awards are offered to 184 airports within the U.S. and Canada.

July, August and September 2021 reduced mileage award options

Destination

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021

Abilene, TX (ABI)

available

available

available

Akron / Canton, OH (CAK)

available

available

available

Albuquerque, NM (ABQ)

Not available

available

available

Alexandria, LA (AEX)

Not available

available

available

Allentown, PA (ABE)

Not available

Not available

available

Amarillo, TX (AMA)

available

available

Not available

Appleton, WI (ATW)

available

available

available

Asheville, NC (AVL)

available

available

available

Aspen, CO (ASE)

Not available

Not available

Not available

Atlanta, GA (ATL)

available

available

Not available

Augusta, GA (AGS)

Not available

available

available

Austin, TX (AUS)

available

available

available

Baltimore, MD (BWI)

Not available

Not available

available

Baton Rouge, LA (BTR)

available

available

Not available

Beaumont / Port Arthur, TX (BPT)

available

available

available

Birmingham, AL (BHM)

available

available

Not available

Bismarck, ND (BIS)

Not available

Not available

available

Bloomington, IL (BMI)

available

available

available

Boise, ID (BOI)

Not available

available

Not available

Brownsville, TX (BRO)

Not available

available

available

Buffalo, NY (BUF)

Not available

Not available

available

Calgary, AB (YYC)

Not available

available

available

Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

available

available

available

Champaign, IL (CMI)

available

available

available

Charleston, SC (CHS)

available

available

Not available

Charleston, WV (CRW)

available

Not available

available

Charlottesville, VA (CHO)

available

available

available

Chattanooga, TN (CHA)

Not available

available

available

Cincinnati, OH / Covington, KY (CVG)

available

available

available

Cleveland, OH (CLE)

available

available

available

College Station, TX (CLL)

available

available

available

Colorado Springs, CO (COS)

available

available

Not available

Columbia, MO (COU)

available

available

available

Columbia, SC (CAE)

available

available

available

Columbus, OH (CMH)

Not available

available

available

Corpus Christi, TX (CRP)

Not available

available

Not available

Dayton, OH (DAY)

available

available

available

Daytona Beach, FL (DAB)

Not available

available

Not available

Del Rio, TX (DRT)

available

available

available

Des Moines, IA (DSM)

Not available

available

available

Detroit, MI (DTW)

available

available

Not available

Dubuque, IA (DBQ)

available

available

available

Durango, CO (DRO)

Not available

Not available

Not available

Erie, PA (ERI)

Not available

Not available

available

Evansville, IN (EVV)

available

available

available

Fargo, ND (FAR)

Not available

Not available

available

Flagstaff, AZ (FLG)

available

available

available

Flint, MI (FNT)

Not available

Not available

available

Florence, SC (FLO)

available

available

available

Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

available

available

Not available

Fort Myers, FL (RSW)

available

available

Not available

Fort Smith, AR (FSM)

Not available

available

available

Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS)

available

available

available

Fort Wayne, IN (FWA)

Not available

available

available

Fresno, CA (FAT)

Not available

Not available

available

Gainesville, FL (GNV)

available

available

available

Garden City, KS (GCK)

Not available

available

available

Grand Island, NE (GRI)

Not available

available

available

Grand Junction, CO (GJT)

Not available

available

Not available

Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)

Not available

available

Not available

Greensboro, NC (GSO)

available

available

available

Greenville, NC (PGV)

available

available

available

Greenville / Spartanburg, SC (GSP)

available

available

available

Gulfport / Biloxi, MS (GPT)

Not available

available

Not available

Harlingen, TX (HRL)

Not available

available

Not available

Harrisburg, PA (MDT)

Not available

available

available

Hartford, CT (BDL)

Not available

Not available

available

Hilton Head Island, SC (HHH)

available

available

available

Houston-Hobby, TX (HOU)

available

available

Not available

Houston-Intercontinental, TX (IAH)

available

available

Not available

Huntington, WV (HTS)

available

available

available

Huntsville / Decatur, AL (HSV)

available

available

available

Indianapolis, IN (IND)

available

available

available

Ithaca, NY (ITH)

Not available

Not available

available

Jackson, MS (JAN)

available

available

Not available

Jacksonville, FL (JAX)

available

available

Not available

Kalamazoo, MI (AZO)

available

available

available

Kansas City, MO (MCI)

available

available

available

Key West, FL (EYW)

available

available

Not available

Killeen, TX (GRK)

available

Not available

Not available

Knoxville, TN (TYS)

Not available

available

available

La Crosse, WI (LSE)

available

available

available

Lafayette, LA (LFT)

available

available

available

Lake Charles, LA (LCH)

available

available

available

Lansing, MI (LAN)

Not available

Not available

available

Laredo, TX (LRD)

available

Not available

Not available

Las Vegas, NV (LAS)

available

Not available

Not available

Lawton, OK (LAW)

available

available

available

Lexington, KY (LEX)

available

available

available

Little Rock, AR (LIT)

Not available

available

Not available

Long Beach, CA (LGB)

Not available

Not available

available

Long Island-MacArthur, NY (ISP)

Not available

Not available

available

Longview, TX (GGG)

available

available

available

Louisville, KY (SDF)

Not available

available

available

Lynchburg, VA (LYH)

available

available

available

Madison, WI (MSN)

Not available

available

available

Manhattan, KS (MHK)

available

available

available

Marquette, MI (MQT)

Not available

Not available

Not available

Martha's Vineyard, MA (MVY)

available

available

available

McAllen, TX (MFE)

available

available

Not available

Melbourne, FL (MLB)

available

available

Not available

Memphis, TN (MEM)

available

available

Not available

Midland / Odessa, TX (MAF)

available

available

available

Milwaukee, WI (MKE)

available

available

available

Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN (MSP)

available

available

Not available

Missoula, MT (MSO)

Not available

Not available

available

Mobile, AL (MOB)

available

available

available

Moline, IL (MLI)

available

available

available

Monroe, LA (MLU)

available

available

Not available

Monterey, CA (MRY)

Not available

available

available

Montgomery, AL (MGM)

available

available

available

Montreal, QC (YUL)

available

available

Not available

Montrose, CO (MTJ)

Not available

available

Not available

Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR)

available

available

available

Nantucket, MA (ACK)

Not available

available

available

Nashville, TN (BNA)

available

available

available

New Bern, NC (EWN)

Not available

available

available

New Haven, CT (HVN)

available

available

available

New Orleans, LA (MSY)

available

available

Not available

Newport News, VA (PHF)

available

available

available

Northwest Arkansas, AR (XNA)

Not available

available

available

Oakland, CA (OAK)

Not available

Not available

Not available

Omaha, NE (OMA)

Not available

available

available

Orange County, CA (SNA)

Not available

available

Not available

Orlando, FL (MCO)

available

available

Not available

Palm Springs, CA (PSP)

Not available

available

available

Panama City, FL (ECP)

Not available

available

Not available

Pensacola, FL (PNS)

available

available

available

Peoria, IL (PIA)

available

available

available

Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)

available

available

available

Providence, RI (PVD)

Not available

Not available

available

Raleigh / Durham, NC (RDU)

available

available

available

Reno, NV (RNO)

Not available

available

available

Richmond, VA (RIC)

available

available

available

Roanoke, VA (ROA)

available

available

available

Rochester, MN (RST)

available

available

available

Rochester, NY (ROC)

Not available

Not available

available

Roswell, NM (ROW)

available

available

available

Salisbury, MD (SBY)

Not available

available

available

San Angelo, TX (SJT)

available

available

available

San Antonio, TX (SAT)

available

available

Not available

San Francisco, CA (SFO)

available

available

available

San Jose, CA (SJC)

available

available

available

Santa Barbara, CA (SBA)

Not available

available

available

Santa Fe, NM (SAF)

Not available

available

available

Santa Rosa, CA (STS)

Not available

available

available

Sarasota / Bradenton, FL (SRQ)

available

available

available

Savannah, GA (SAV)

available

available

available

Seattle, WA (SEA)

Not available

available

available

Shreveport, LA (SHV)

available

available

available

Sioux Falls, SD (FSD)

Not available

available

available

South Bend, IN (SBN)

Not available

available

available

Spokane, WA (GEG)

Not available

Not available

available

Springfield, IL (SPI)

available

available

available

Springfield, MO (SGF)

Not available

available

Not available

St. George, UT (SGU)

Not available

Not available

available

St. Louis, MO (STL)

available

available

available

State College, PA (SCE)

available

available

available

Stillwater, OK (SWO)

available

available

available

Syracuse, NY (SYR)

Not available

Not available

available

Tallahassee, FL (TLH)

available

available

available

Tampa, FL (TPA)

available

available

Not available

Texarkana, AR (TXK)

available

available

available

Toledo, OH (TOL)

available

available

available

Toronto, ON (YYZ)

available

available

available

Traverse City, MI (TVC)

Not available

Not available

available

Tri-Cities, TN (TRI)

available

available

available

Tucson, AZ (TUS)

available

available

Not available

Tulsa, OK (TUL)

available

available

available

Tyler, TX (TYR)

available

available

available

Vail / Eagle, CO (EGE)

Not available

Not available

Not available

Vancouver, BC (YVR)

available

available

Not available

Waco, TX (ACT)

available

available

available

Waterloo, IA (ALO)

available

available

available

Watertown, NY (ART)

Not available

Not available

available

Wausau, WI (CWA)

available

available

available

West Palm Beach, FL (PBI)

available

available

available

Westchester County, NY (HPN)

available

Not available

Not available

Wichita Falls, TX (SPS)

available

available

available

Wichita, KS (ICT)

Not available

available

available

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, PA (AVP)

Not available

Not available

available

Williamsport, PA (IPT)

available

available

available

Wilmington, NC (ILM)

available

available

available

How to book American reduced mileage awards

Reduced mileage awards cannot be booked online — you have to call 800-882-8880 and provide a code to the phone agent. Most phone agents are aware of the program, so even if you don’t have the code, you may still be able to book the award, but it never hurts to be prepared.

Here is a list of the codes:

For flights of over 500 flown miles:

7,500-mile discount award codes

  • First class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD21X2A / AVM86.

  • Business class (3-cabin aircraft) – UD28X7A / AVA31.

  • Main cabin – TD8X7A / AVM85.

5,000-mile discount award codes

  • First class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD22X5A / AVM83.

  • Business class (3-cabin aircraft) – UD30A / AVA25.

  • Main cabin – TD10A / AVM82.

For shorter flights (less than 500 flown miles)

2,000-mile discount award codes

  • First class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD14A / AVA36.

  • Main cabin – TD6X5A / AVA35.

1,000-mile discount award codes

  • First class (2-cabin aircraft) – UD14X5A / AVA30.

  • Main cabin – TD7A / AVA29.

Since these awards cannot be booked online, the standard phone booking charge is waived, but you may still be charged a $35 fee if you book through the American Airlines travel center.

How to get the most from reduced mileage awards

If you already have American Airlines AAdvantage miles and you’ve got summer travels coming up, scan through the list of airports on the reduced mileage award list to see if any of the destinations align with your plans. If so, consider applying for a qualifying American Airlines credit card if you don’t already have one so you can take advantage of the discounted pricing.

Since the awards aren't available online, you’ll need to call American Airlines to book, which provides a good opportunity to verify if award availability exists before applying for an eligible credit card.

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