Citi/AAdvantage: Earn Miles, Save Some Too

For earning miles, the Citi/AAdvantage credit cards are fairly good ones, offering 1 mile per $1 spent (or 1.2 miles per dollar until May 31st for me, as I wrote about here) and relatively low annual fees starting at $85.
But Citi/AAdvantage credit cards come with another perk that is often overlooked.  Credit card holders are given access to quarterly offers for Reduced Mileage Rewards for domestic trips.  Although I generally do not recommend redeeming miles for domestic trips since international trips are usually a better deal in miles-per-dollar saved, with the Citi/AAdvantage card, it is an option worth considering.  In general, round-trip domestic flights go for 25,000 miles on almost all airline programs, but every quarter Citi Gold/AAdvantage and Citi/AAdvantage American Express card holders are given a list of cities in the United States and Canada to which they can travel using only 20,000 miles (45,000 for business class).  Citi Platinum Select/AAdvantage, Citi Select/AAdvantage American Express and CitiBusiness/AAdvantage card holders can fly for slightly less: 17,500 on economy or 42,500 on business.
Destination cities vary quarterly, but frequently have some interesting options.  For travel from April 1st to June 30th, 2010, for example, destination airports available to card holders for less miles include:
Atlanta, GA
Houston – George Bush International, TX
Key West, FL
Memphis, TN
Santa Barbara, CA
Washington – Reagan, DC
Montreal – Trudeau, Quebec
Toronto, Ontario
To learn more and the complete list of cities, click here.
For travel in a given quarter, you can book the trip up to a month before the quarter opens (e.g., for travel during the current April 1 to June 30 quarter, you could book from March 1st), and all travel must be completed by the end of the quarter.  To get these lower rates, however, you need to book through the American Airlines reservations number or a ticket office and pay a $20 fee.  Nonetheless, if you have just over the necessary miles and are looking for a way to spend it, a $20 fee might not be too steep for spring travel.

One Response

  1. Good write up keep it up, i will be one of your regular readers.

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