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American Airlines awards sale from just 5,000 miles one-way


American Airlines is currently running a great awards sale for AAdvantage members, with one-way flights available for as little as 5,000 AAdvantage miles.

The awards sale is live until Jan. 31, and the airline says in its marketing that you can redeem as few as 7,000 miles for one-way flights within the continental U.S. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada. However, when TPG dug into the flights on offer, we found several flights for even less than that, starting at 5,000 miles.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Deal basics

Airline: American Airlines

Routes: Within the continental U.S. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada

How to book: Directly with the airline

Travel dates: Travel by March 6, 2025

Book by: Jan. 31, 2024

A few other things to know before you book: All mileage rates are subject to availability (so don’t dawdle), you can’t apply the offer retroactively or to existing reservations, and you must book at least 14 days in advance.

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The promotion is only valid on American Airlines- or American Eagle-operated flights.

Finally, basic economy nonrefundable fares are included within the promotion, but you won’t be assigned a seat until you check in.


Sample flights

To book, you’ll want to head to aa.com and enter your departing airport and destination in the usual boxes. Make sure to filter the results to show only routes available to book with miles (not cash) to see what’s on offer. Also, set your search for one-way flights.

Related reading: Best credit cards for American Airlines flyers

As stated above, American Airlines says flights are bookable for as few as 7,000 miles. That is largely true, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll also see some for much less.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the routes currently on offer:

Flights for 5,000 miles

  • New York City-area airports to Miami International Airport (MIA), departing March 25 (5,000 miles plus $6 in fees)
  • Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), departing Aug. 8 (5,000 miles plus $6 in fees)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Nashville International Airport (BNA), departing April 2 (5,000 miles plus $12 in fees)

Flights for 5,500 miles

  • DFW to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), departing March 30 (5,000 miles plus $6 in fees)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), departing Feb. 12 (5,500 miles plus $6 in fees)

Flights for 6,000 miles

  • Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), departing April 3 (6,000 miles plus $6 in fees)
  • CLT to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), departing May 11 (6,000 miles plus $6 in fees)
  • MIA to BOS, departing March 20 (6,000 miles plus $6 in fees)

Flights for 7,000 miles

  • LAX to Orlando International Airport (MCO), departing April 3 (7,000 miles plus $6 in fees)
  • DFW to Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA), departing Jan. 28 (7,000 miles plus $6 in fees)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) to ORD, departing Feb. 24 (7,000 miles plus $12 in fees)

Maximize your purchase

If you book this deal and want to maximize your spending on fees or other add-ons, use a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as:

Below are some of the best American Airlines cobranded credit cards:

Bottom line

American Airlines is running an awards sale with one-way flights within the continental U.S. and Canada for as few as 5,000 miles on some routes for travel up to March 6. The award sale is live until Jan. 31.


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