Sunday, September 18, 2011

Reduced Mileage Awards With Citi AAdvantage Card

If you have a Citi AAdvantage card (and who doesn't nowadays), you can book round-trip American Airlines award flights with reduced mileage requirements from now through December 31, 2011, for travel between October 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Every quarter, Citi releases a list of select destinations within the 48 contiguous United States and Canada for reduced mileage awards. They break down the list according to the specific Citi AAdvantage card type you have, but judging from what I have seen, it appears the destinations are identical for every card. The only difference is that some card types offer a discount of 7,500 miles, while others only offer 5,000 miles. You must call the AAdvantage award reservations desk at 1-800-882-8880 in order to book your reduced mileage tickets. Unfortunately, the $20 phone reservation fee will apply.

The list of destinations is somewhat disappointing, as they feature mostly smaller obscure markets that typically aren't very popular with travelers. However, there are a couple of larger destinations that might be interesting, especially to Canada. For example, I see Vancouver, Toronto, as well as Montreal listed for only 17,500 miles round-trip if you have the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select Visa or MasterCard, or the Citi AAdvantage Select American Express. I also see Atlanta, New Orleans, and Memphis for the same number of miles as well. Take a look at the list; there may be some good deals to be had if you are planning on visiting those destinations anyways.

Also don't forget that tomorrow, September 19, 2011 is the last day to take advantage of the SaverPass reduced mileage awards on Continental and United Airlines. Unlike the Citi offer, this is actually a very good deal, with plenty of popular destinations offered for reduced miles. See my previous post for more details.

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