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.