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This post is part of the series How To Redeem American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

Now that you have your stash of miles; it’s time to look at AAdvantage award chart and figure out how many miles you need. American Airlines has two award charts; one for flying on American Airlines own metal and another for flying on partner airlines. In this post I’ll focus on American Airlines award chart for it’s own flights. There are a few key things that you need to know when redeeming AAdvantage miles on American Airlines. MileSAAVER Awards, AAnytime Awards, MileSAAVER Off Peak Awards and Regions Definitions. Let’s discuss these points in details.

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MileSAAVER Awards:

These awards are available for as low as 7,500 miles each way plus any applicable taxes and carrier-imposed fees. MileSAAver awards have limited availability and will require you to be more flexible with your travel dates. You might also find it difficult to score more than 2 seats on the same flight priced at MileSAAVER level.

AAnytime Awards:

These awards are widely available with no blackout dates, you can use AAnytime awards for any seat on an American Airlines or American Eagle® flight for as low as 20,000 miles each way, plus any applicable taxes and carrier-imposed fees. However, these awards are much more expensive than MileSAAVER awards and are almost never a good deal. AAnytime award levels vary by date and region. There are select dates that require a higher number of miles (in addition to Level 1 and 2 awards). When you search for awards while booking, you’ll see the applicable award level.

MileSAAVER Off Peak Awards:

These awards are available to certain destination during low season with specific dates defined on American Airlines website. If you travel during the off peak dates, you’ll get your awards for cheaper than regular MileSAAVER Awards. Below are the regions and dates for these off peak awards.

  • Hawaii:
    To Hawaii: December 29 – March 12, August 11 – November 18, November 24 – December 10
    From Hawaii: January 7 – March 19, August 18 – November 27, December 3 – December 25
  • Caribbean, Mexico and Central America:September 7 – November 14, April 27 – May 20
  • Europe: January 10 – March 14, November 1 – December 14
  • Asia Region 1 (Japan):
    To Japan: January 1 – April 30, July 1 – November 30
    From Japan: January 16 – April 19, May 2 – 31, September 1 – December 31
  • Asia Region 1 (Korea):
    To Korea: January 1 – April 30, July 1 – November 30
    From Korea: January 16 – May 31, September 1 – December 31
  • Asia Region 2 (China & Hong Kong):
    To China/Hong Kong: January 1 – April 30, July 1 – September 30, October 11 – November 30
    From China/Hong Kong: February 1 – May 31, September 1 – 19, October 2 – December 31
  • South America 1: January 16 – June 14, September 7 – November 14

Regions Definitions:

American Airlines award chart shows the number of miles required from one region to another. Below is how American Airlines defines these regions:

  • Caribbean: includes Bermuda and The Bahamas
  • South America Region 1: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Manaus (Brazil)
  • South America Region 2: Argentina, Brazil (excluding Manaus), Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela
  • Asia Region 1: Japan, Korea
  • Asia Region 2: China, Hong Kong

AAdvantage Award Chart:

Here’s some snapshots of AAdvantage award chart for trips to/from the contiguous 48 states:
You’re mostly looking for MileSAAVER or MileSAAVER Off peak awards. It’s never a good deal to use AAnytime awards high prices.

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Bottom Line:

When redeeming American Airlines miles for travel on American Airlines own metal, you’re always looking for SAAVER or Off Peak awards. AAnytime awards are almost never worth the huge surge in price. Stay tuned for future posts on how to redeem American Airlines Miles. In the meantime you can use my “Book Award Travel” form to get my help on your next award trip.

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  1. What’s the difference between business/first and first?

    • Ramy

      Business/first is what you pay for business class on flights that have First, Business and Economy cabins. And it’s the same price you pay for First Class on flights that only have First and Economy cabins – which is most domestic flights.

      First is what you pay for First Class on flights that have First, Business and Economy cabins.

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