Citi Reduced Mileage Awards

I know that we have been stressing the value of the American Airlines 75,000 deal that is still being honored.  It is unbelievable that the offer expired about a year ago, yet they are still giving out the deal.  Use the link on our Frequent Flier Credit Cards page to learn about how to score this card.

I wanted to show you the value of this card as a means of flying to specific places in the US or Canada that don’t require you to use 25,000 of your precious AAdvantage miles.  The Platinum card offers you options to redeem to specific locations in the US and Canada for 17,500 in coach, or 42,500 in first class. It is a benefit for those who hold the Citi AAdvantage credit card.  The program is called the Citi Reduced Mileage Awards.

I’ve taken a selection below that shows where in Canada that you can fly between October and December of 2011.  You have to call American Airlines AAdvantage desk to book the flights and their phone number is 1-800-882-8880.  I’ve highlighted the Vancouver for all those people who have ever dreamed about skiing at Whistler.  Make sure  you plan your vacation early because these deals go fast.

If you live in a cold and frozen tundra (Like Idaho Falls), you might consider visiting a warm location.  Because you have the Citi card you are eligible to fly to Fort Walton Beach, Florida for only 17,500 AAdvantage miles.

Remember that once you have canceled your Citi AAdvantage card you are no longer eligible for these deals.  So plan on taking these trips while you still have the card.  It might even be worth paying the annual fee to keep it if it allows you to save so many miles.

Plus if you are doubling down on the deal as explained on the Frequent Flier Credit Card page, then you could take up to 4 people with you per card.  If you have up to six children then you can take the whole family with you to any of these locations.

Shae and I are looking forward to our trip to Tennessee which only cost us 35,000 AAdvantage miles for both of us.  This means that we saved 15,000 AAdvantage miles by booking our trip with the Reduced Mileage Awards.

Have you booked any trips using the Citi Reduced Mileage Awards?  Let us know how it has benefited you.

the New Amex Business Gold Rewards Card offers 50,000 bonus Membership Rewards points for spending $10,000 in the first five months

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4 Responses to Citi Reduced Mileage Awards

  1. bradleyjai says:

    Brilliant, Sheldon. That’s much better than the United Mileage Plus Savers I posted about yesterday. Plus I just got reloaded with 75k fresh AA miles. It probably won’t happen this fall, but I’d like to go to Nova Scotia.

  2. Zac says:

    I am new to the reduced mileage award but want to know more. How do I book these flights? It doesn’t seem like there is a place to enter the code? Is it possible to do it online or only over the phone?

    Thanks for the help. – Zac

    • Sheldon says:


      I just called 800-882-8880 and didn’t say a word. I was on hold for about two or three minutes until someone caught the line finally. The lady said that she could help me book the ticket, but that it would result in a $25 per ticket fee because it had to be booked over the phone and she acted like there wasn’t any way around that. Bummer.

      They also can assess a $25 booking fee if the flight is within 21 days from the date of travel. So you could end up paying $50 for the ticket if it was over the phone and within the 21 day window. What a bummer there.

      Before you call I’d do the search on the normal awards page to find the dates that work for you. This way you know the dates are available. Essentially you are looking for what shows up as 12,500 per leg of your flight. That would normally equate to 25,000, but in this case it is only 17,500. So the availability isn’t amazing, but you’re flying for cheap too.

      Hopefully this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

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