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Deal: US to Australia, New Zealand Starting at Just 27.5k AAdvantage Miles

Flights from the United States to both Australia and New Zealand are currently available from just 27,500 AAdvantage miles one-way when booked as a round-trip itinerary. American Airlines is offering a web special that allows members to redeem miles on flights between the US and Oceania as early as next month starting at 27.5k AAdvantage miles round-trip per segment (55k miles total) or 33k miles one-way. It is not clear when this web special will be discontinued so we highly recommend booking flights as part of this promotion as soon as possible.

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.
Flights from select US cities to destinations in both Australia and New Zealand are currently available starting at just 27.5k miles one-way when booked as a round-trip itinerary. Round-trip flights will require a total of 55,000 miles. Additionally, one-way flights are currently available from 33k AAdvantage miles. These cheap award redemptions are available beginning next month with availability extending into February 2020. This web special is valid for travel originating in both the United States, and Australia and New Zealand. Award redemptions between the US and Oceania are normally available starting at 40,000 AAdvantage miles one-way. With this web special, travelers will save 12,500 miles per award booking. Here are a few of the cities/routes with web special availability:

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.

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Fly from St. Louis, MO to Auckland, New Zealand (or Sydney, Australia) for just 55,000 AAdvantage miles round-trip (27.5k miles each way). (Image via AA.com)

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Fly from New York City to Sydney, Australia for 33,000 AAdvantage miles one-way. (Image via AA.com)

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Fly from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand for 33,000 AAdvantage miles one-way. (Image via AA.com)

Restrictions

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

H/T: Original 6,000 award redemptions surfaced as a result of a Tweet sent by Spencer Howard of Straight to The Points.

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