Are you a loyal AAdvantage member who’s been saving up your miles so you can book a nice vacation for later this year? Then you might need a reminder that American’s award travel chart will be changing effective for bookings made March 22, 2016 or later.
American announced the award chart changes last fall, but many AAdvantage members might have overlooked them since the bigger part of that announcement concerned the program’s coming transformation from a mileage-based to a spending-based earning system starting later this year.
Anyway, there was some good news in the award cost overhaul – e.g., starting March 22 AAdvantage will introduce a new category for flights of under 500 miles in the U.S. and Canada, starting at 7,500 miles for a MileSAAver economy cabin ticket. And a MileSAAver award to the Caribbean in economy drops from 17,500 to 15,000 miles.
But there are some increases as well, most of them targeting the MileSAAver awards (which are subject to blackout dates and availability limitations). MileSAAver economy class awards for off-peak travel increase from 20,000 to 22,500 for Europe, and from 25,000 to 32,500 for Japan/Korea. A business class MileSAAver award to Hawaii rises from 37,500 to 40,000, while one to Europe increases from 50,000 miles to 57,500, and one to the South Pacific jumps from 62,500 to 80,000.
First class MileSAAver awards increase from 47,500 to 65,000 for Hawaii; from 62,500 to 85,000 for Europe; and from 67,500 to 110,000 for China/Hong Kong.
Award travel prices are one-way, and they are subject to taxes and “carrier-imposed fees” that “vary by itinerary and are based on trip origin and destination,” American said.
The existing award travel prices can be found here; that page also has a link to the new award levels that apply for bookings made March 22 or later.
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