One of the benefits of having a Citibank American Airlines AAdvantage Credit Card is reduced mileage awards. They have released their Q4 reduced award destinations. The destinations are mostly disappointing, unless you need to go there. Buying to the destinations on the list is actually very expensive due to the lack of competition to them. When a ticket is say $500, a 17,500 award seat is good value for the redemption at 2.8 cents per mile. We believe when you get higher value for your redemption than what the airlines are selling the miles to you for, then its a good value! These awards are valid for travel from now until December 31st, 2011.
The Destinations Are:
|Charleston, WV||Cedar Rapids, IA||Abilene, TX|
|Cincinnati, OH||Brownsville, TX|
|Southeast||Dayton, OH||College Station, TX|
|Atlanta, GA||Evansville, IN||El Paso, TX|
|Birmingham, AL||Fargo, ND||Fort Smith, AR|
|Fort Walton Beach, FL||Fort Wayne, IN||Houston George Bush, TX|
|Huntsville, AL||Kalamazoo, MI||Killeen, TX|
|Knoxville, TN||Kansas City Int’l, MO||Lawton, OK|
|Lake Charles, LA||Little Rock, AR||Longview, TX|
|Lexington, KY||Marquette Sawyer, MI||McAllen, TX|
|Louisville, KY||Minneapolis St Pl, MN||Northwest Arkansas Reg, AR|
|Memphis, TN||Rochester, MN||Roswell, NM|
|Mobile, AL||Sioux Falls, SD||San Angelo, TX|
|Monroe, LA||Springfield, MO||Shreveport, LA|
|Montgomery, AL||Traverse City, MI||Texarkana, AR|
|New Orleans, LA||Wichita, KS||Tulsa, OK|
|Halifax, Nova Scotia||Wichita Falls, TX|
The Fine Print:
For destinations to be eligible for reduced mileage award, MileSaver Award availability must exist. MileSaver awards are those priced 12,500 miles each way and availability can be searched on AA.com. If they are available, you can get the roundtrip for 17,500 with your Citibank American Airlines AAdvantage Credit Card (Gold cards are only reduced to 20,000 whereas Citibank AAdvantage Platinum and American Express cards are 17,500).
Citibank reduced mileage awards must be booked as a roundtrip, so you cannot do an one-way redemption like a normal AA reward. Reservations for Citibank reduced mileage awards must be made on the phone. There is a fee of $25 for phone reservations unless you are an American Airlines Executive Platinum elite status member then the fee is waived, but since 7,500 miles saved = at least $75, it is good value.