One of my favorite parts of using American Airlines AAdvantage miles is the American Airlines off-peak award chart. That is, if you fly during non-busy and off-season times, flights are cheaper. American Airlines will motivate us to use our miles during these times by giving us cheaper miles tickets. Of course, I tend to fly during peak times, but I am lucky enough to live in a big international gateway city. In this post, I am going to go over the American Airlines off-peak award chart and point you to a few tricks that let you fly using off-peak pricing during peak times.
American Airlines AAdvantage Off-Peak Awards
Off-peak award availability is offered only in economy class with American Airlines miles. It is offered for flights on American Airlines and for flights on oneworld partner airlines.
You can find the American Airlines Award Chart here.
You can also find the American Airlines Partner Award Chart here.
Here is the list of all the off-peak destinations with dates for when off-peak pricing is given. You can use it as a tool for planning where to leverage and stretch your miles. The dates for off-peak pricing are almost exactly the same with the only difference applying when flying partners airlines to Hawaii.
- 17,500 miles (vs. 22,500 miles peak).
- On American Airlines: January 12 — March 13; August 22 — December 15.
- On American Airlines Partners (Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines): January 12 — March 8; August 22 — December 15.
- 12,500 miles (vs. 17,500 miles peak).
- September 7 — November 14.
- 20,000 miles (vs. 30,000 miles regularly).
- October 15 — May 15.
Central America, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru or Venezuela:
- 15,000 miles (vs. 17,500 miles regularly).
- January 16 — June 14; September 7 — November 14.
South America Zone 2: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile (excluding Easter Island), Paraguay, Uruguay:
- 20,000 miles (vs. 30,000 miles peak).
- March 1 — May 31; August 16 — November 30.
Asia Zone 1: Japan, Korea, Mongolia:
- 25,000 miles (vs. 32,500 miles peak).
- October 1 — April 30.
Booking Flights Using The Off-Peak Award Chart
American Airlines prices all awards as one-way trips. The date of each one-way trip is determined by the date of your first segment. If you have a round-trip redemption, then each individual leg is priced separately. For example, if you fly to Europe during the off-peak period (Oct 15 — May 15) and return during the peak period, you will pay 20,000 miles for the leg there and 30,000 miles for the leg back.
If you can find a flight online during the off-peak season, it will price at the off-peak price. You can book those flights right online on the American Airlines website.
For example, say I want to fly to Paris from New York in March. Any flight to Paris will price at 20,000 miles each way and I can book the whole thing online. This makes it quite convenient.
However, you should keep in mind that the American Airlines website will only display award availability for American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, For other airlines, such as Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines, it is best to search on the British Airways website for availability. You can still get the off-peak pricing, but you’ll have to call customer service to book the flight.
Flying With Off-Peak Prices During Peak Times
One of the great tricks with American Airlines miles is the ability to add free one-way trips within North America. With American Airlines, all awards are priced as one-way and any transcontinental award originating in or ending in North America allows a free stopover in the international gateway city. This is the first or last city where you touch North America. If you live in your international gateway city, this allows you to add free one-way trips within North America before or after your transcontinental trip.
For example, when I fly GCM-MIA-NYC-CDG, NYC is my international gateway city and I can create a stopover there for up to a year from the date of ticket issue. Since I live in New York city, Grand Cayman to New York would essentially be a free one-way trip. You can read a detailed explanation of how to construct itineraries with free one-ways within North America:
Now here is where the even better trick starts. When determining the date of each one-way leg, American Airlines only looks at the date of your first segment. This actually allows you to fly during peak season with off-peak pricing by simply adding a one-way trip from somewhere else in North America during that region’s off-peak period.
You can read about how to fly during the peak period with off-peak pricing in the following posts:
- Adding “Better Than Free” One-Ways on American Airlines: Fly to South America for 20,000 Miles All Year!
- From Caribbean in Winter + to Europe in Summer for 20,000 American Airlines miles TOTAL
- American Airlines AAdvantage provides discounted pricing on awards during the off-peak period allowing for significant miles savings when flying in the off-season.
- Booking off-peak priced awards can be done online for American Airlines partners that can be found online and requires calling customer service for other airline partners.
- It is possible to take advantage of off-peak pricing and still fly during peak season by simply adding a one-way trip from somewhere else in North America during the region’s off-peak period.
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