How many AAdvantage miles you need to use to book a flight can vary based on the type of award ticket you book. Each type of American Airlines award has different miles levels depending on the destination and time of year. AA may also offer discounts or specials on select flights.
Learn more: American Airlines award chart
American Airlines MileSAAver awards are limited offerings available on only some flights. They can be found on most AA routes, but they tend to go quickly, so you may need to book early.
The least expensive MileSAAver awards are for flights of less than 500 miles within the contiguous U.S. They cost 7,500 miles one way. At the far end, a MileSAAver ticket to the South Pacific will cost you 110,000 miles.
American Airlines AAnytime awards let you use miles to book a seat on any American Airlines (or American Eagle) flight with no blackout dates. However, AAnytime awards are usually much more expensive — in terms of miles — than MileSAAver awards. In fact, they can cost double or even triple the miles of a MileSAAver award.
AAnytime awards are separated into two categories: Level 1 and Level 2. In general, the level of the award is determined by the time of year and particular route. Peak season awards will be more expensive than off-peak awards.
The cheapest AAnytime awards are Level 1 AAnytime awards for flights within the contiguous U.S. They cost 20,000 miles each way. The most expensive AAnytime awards are Level 2 awards from the U.S. to the South Pacific and can cost up to 260,000 miles each way.
Web Special awards
American Airlines occasionally offers Web Special awards. These are random (from the user’s perspective) discounted flights that can be as cheap as 5,000 miles for a one-way flight. There’s no real way to predict where they’ll show up. They aren’t on the award chart.