One perk of having a Citi American AAdvantage credit card is access to the AAdvantage Citi reduced mileage awards. The greatest discount is given to those with the following cards:

Basically if you have one of those cards you get a 7,500 mile discount on the reduced mileage awards, which are published for select destinations within the US and Canada. Up until now this has only been available on roundtrips and the cities have remained the same for an entire quarter. That means a roundtrip coach award cost 17,500 miles, while a roundtrip first class award cost 42,500 miles. If there’s “Milesaver” award availability then these are bookable, though the catch is that you have to book by phone, so if you’re not an Executive Platinum member that does mean you incur a $25 phone ticketing fee, which negates much of the savings.

However, the latest Citi AAdvantage reduced mileage award chart has just been published for travel June through September, and they made a couple of changes. First of all, it’s now possible to book one-ways using these awards, with the following discounts:

Furthermore, instead of changing the cities quarterly, they’re now changing them every month. So this is potentially good (given the greater variety of cities) or bad (if you want to travel to a city at the end of a month and return at the beginning of the next) depending on how you look at it. It’s worth noting, as always, that the above discounts are in addition to the 10% mileage refund you get when redeeming miles as a Citi AAdvantage card member, up to 10,000 miles per year.

Anyway, even with the discount this isn’t the best use of miles, though there are cases where this comes in handy, and I appreciate the flexibility of having access to these awards on a one-way.

  1. June 12th, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Dan said,

    I understand when airlines impose a fee when a customer does something over the phone (at a greater cost to the airline) that the customer could have done by himself on the Internet. If a customer chooses to speak with a human rather that use the Internet, perhaps it is fair to charge to customer for making that choice. But when the airline forces the custome to use the phone (by not making a service available on the web) it seems unethical for the airline to charge the customer for something the airline has forced him to do. Perhaps you could do a post on this subject, with the many examples in which the occurs, to bring greater attention to the issue?

  2. June 12th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Michael said,

    Do you have to be the primary cardholder to get the award discount? (My dad has an additional card linked to my account)

  3. June 12th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Gene said,

    @Michael — You can book these for anyone.

  4. June 12th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    R B said,

    I bank with Chase, not Citi.
    Is it possible to get any of these cards?

  5. June 12th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    CVG_Kid said,

    Sad they reviewed the program and chose not to include international destinations.

  6. June 12th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Fanch said,

    AA elites can often get better redemption values from Dynamic Air Awards than the Citibank discounts, and should compare them.

  7. June 12th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Jon said,

    CVG – I don’t think destinations outside the US and Canada were ever included in this offer.

    RB – you will need to apply for one of the Citi cards. Doesn’t matter who you bank with.

  8. June 12th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Michael — You can book these for anyone though the miles have to come out of the primary cardholder’s account.

  9. June 12th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    lucky said,

    @ R B — As Jon said above you need a Citi AAdvantage card to be eligible for these.

  10. August 6th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Mark G said,

    Thanks for the heads up Lucky, as I was about to book a one way CRP-EWR anyway for Sept.

    My question though, does each person you book get the discount? I’m getting 4 tickets – SO does each ticket get discounted by 2500 pts?

    If so, giddy up!!!

  11. August 6th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Mark G — Assuming all the miles are coming out of the primary card member’s account, absolutely!

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