Peak summer travel is slowly winding down. With the end of peak summer travel, airlines often launch sales and deals to entice travelers throughout the fall and winter months. This year, this is especially true with most major US airlines running a number of promotions. Many of these promotions allow an airline’s frequent flyers to redeem their miles or points at a discounted rate. American Airlines is one of these airlines.

American Airlines is currently running an extensive web special with widespread availability over the next few months. AAdvantage award travel redemptions throughout the United States start at just 5,000 miles one-way. Here’s what travelers need to know about this AAdvantage web special.

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Widespread AAdvantage Award Specials available from 5,000 miles one-way. (Image by Max Prosperi / The College Points)

Overview of This Deal

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, American Airlines would sporadically run web specials. Web specials are AAdvantage award travel redemptions that must be booked online and come with more restrictions than other award redemptions. Lately, American Airlines has expanded the availability of its web specials throughout the United States.

At the moment, there is widespread AAdvantage web special availability throughout the continental United States. Some cities feature more web special availability than others. For example, both Washington Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington (BWI) feature far more web special availability than nearby Washington-National (DCA). However, if your preferred airport is served by American Airlines, you should be able to find at least one route with AAdvantage web special award travel availability.

As previously mentioned, AAdvantage web specials start at just 5,000 AAdvantage miles one-way. These web specials are, unsurprisingly, booked into American Airlines’ main cabin. Web special award travel is available as early as this month, with availability extending into much of 2021.

Though American’s AAdvantage web specials are typically very restrictive, Patrick Stouffer of AwardWallet notes that “AA is currently waiving award reinstatement fees for all bookings made through the end of the year.” This means that even AAdvantage members without elite status will be able to cancel their web special award booking despite web specials typically being non-refundable.

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Examples of What You Can Book as Part of This Deal

Here are some of the top AAdvantage award web specials we found while searching for award flights. The flights listed below are by no means an extensive list. If you do not see your desired itinerary listed, there is still a high likelihood that it is available as part of this web special.

  • Austin (AUS) to Houston Intercontinental (IAH)
  • Austin (AUS) to Burbank (BUR)
  • Nashville (BNA) to Aspen (ASE)
  • Nashville (BNA) to New Orleans (MSY)
  • Boston (BOS) to Durango, CO (DRO)
  • Boston (BOS) to Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Denver (DEN) to Palm Springs, CA (PSP)
  • Denver (DEN) to Houston Hobby (HOU)
  • Houston (IAH) to Key West (EYW)
  • Houston (IAH) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Las Vegas (LAS) to Burbank (BUR)
  • Las Vegas (LAS) to Albuquerque (ABQ)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Santa Fe, NM (SAF)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Billings, MT (BIL)
  • New York-LaGuardia (LGA) to Fresno, CA (FAT)
  • New York-LaGuardia (LGA) to Colorado Springs (COS)
  • Miami (MIA) to Long Beach, CA (LGB)
  • Miami (MIA) to Westchester County/White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Portland, OR (PDX) to Newark (EWR)
  • Portland, OR (PDX) to Key West (EYW)
  • St. Louis (STL) to Long Beach, CA (LGB)
  • St. Louis (STL) to Sarasota, FL (SRQ)
Book flights from Portland, OR to Key West, FL for just 5,000 AAdvantage miles one-way.
Book flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Billings, MT (BIL) for just 5,000 AAdvantage miles one-way.
Book flights from Denver (DEN) to Palm Springs, CA (PSP) for just 5,000 AAdvantage miles one-way.

Booking This Deal

To book an AAdvantage web special, head to AA.com and navigate to the award travel section of the website. Launch the American Airlines award redemption booking tool and begin booking your award travel just as you would for any other flight.

If you need additional miles, you can purchase 5,000 AAdvantage miles for just $150.00. However, if you plan on purchasing AAdvantage miles to book a web special, it may be a better deal to purchase additional miles. American Airlines is currently running a promotion that allows AAdvantage members to receive up to 100,000 bonus miles.

If you aren’t sure what you’d like to book, American Airlines offers an online tool that allows AAdvantage members to view award availability for a particular city, displaying that availability on a map. The AAdvantage award travel map tool can be accessed here.

American Airlines AAdvantage Award Map Tool
Use the AAdvantage award map tool to find web specials. (Image via AA.com)

H/T: Some information in this post was originally reported by AwardWallet

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