Earlier this evening, even cheaper AAdvantage award redemptions were circulating on social media thanks to a Tweet sent by Spencer Howard, a writer at Straight to The Points. Howard was able to find award space starting at just 6,000 miles one-way between Los Angeles and Auckland. Other travelers booked round-trip flights between the US and Auckland for just 10,000 AAdvantage miles. Unfortunately, it appears these award specials are no longer available. Additionally, there is a chance that, given how inexpensive these redemptions are, the initial award web specials were error or mistake fares. Still, travelers can book award flights starting at 27.5k AAdvantage miles per segment as part of a round-trip itinerary or 33k miles one-way departing from numerous major US cities.
From 27.5k AAdvantage Miles One-Way when Booking Round-Trip or 33k AAdvantage Miles One-Way:
- Los Angeles to Auckland
- Los Angeles to Sydney
- New York City to Auckland
- New York City to Sydney
- St. Louis to Auckland
- St. Louis to Sydney
- Dallas to Auckland
- Dallas to Sydney
- San Francisco to Auckland
- San Francisco to Sydney
- Chicago to Auckland
- Chicago to Sydney
- Phoenix to Auckland
- Phoenix to Sydney
- Philadelphia to Auckland
- Philadelphia to Sydney
- Numerous other cities included.
All award redemptions booked as part of a web special cannot be changed once an itinerary is ticketed. However, AAdvantage members may be able to have their miles reinstated if they wish to cancel their trip. Members that cancel their trip may incur a fee to have their miles reinstated to their account. These restrictions may not apply to select elite AAdvantage frequent flyers. As a rule of thumb however, AAdvantage web specials should be treated like the most restrictive economy fare.
Value of Redemptions
Assuming that AAdvantage miles are currently worth around 1.5 cents per mile, a rough estimate of the value of each redemption can be determined. Here’s what each redemption is valued at as part of this web special promotion. Additionally, paid fares are provided as a point of reference.
- 27.5k miles at 1.5 cents per mile – 27,500 * 0.015 = $412.50 per segment
- 55k miles at 1.5 cents per mile – 55,000 * 0.015 = $825 round-trip
- 33k miles at 1.5 cents per mile – 33,000 *0.015 = $495 one-way
Average Cash Fares on Select Routes for Round-Trip, One-Way Flights:
- Los Angeles to Auckland ~$850 one-way, ~$1,300 round-trip
- New York to Sydney ~$600 one-way, ~1,150 round-trip
- St. Louis to Auckland ~$1,050 one-way, ~$1,250 round-trip
- Chicago to Sydney ~$1,000 one-way, ~1,275 round-trip