American Airlines

Are American’s AAnytime Awards now dynamic?

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I first broke the news on Flyertalk rather than this blog because I wanted to have the greater FT community weigh in on if I was late too the devaluation party or if this was real doom and gloom.

I would appear that American Airlines is diverging from a straight AAnytime pricing model (remember, these are not the sAAver awards we all try to book, but rather the pricier ones that USED TO BE just double the price of a sAAver award) in favor of dynamic pricing.

For a while now, there have been multiple tier of AAnytime Awards and the price varied based on day. So a flight from NYC-LAX might be 52,500 miles in AAnytime one day and 62,500 another day.

But I am now seeing pricing that varies by not just date, but TIME as well.
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This is BAD, BAD news.

It appears to be a move towards Delta’s dynamic pricing model based on either revenue pricing or expected demand by flight.

Here’s a screen grab of a whole month of AAnytime JFK-LAX

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As I was quoted in the Wall Street Journal as saying just last week, the 3 remaining legacy carriers are locked in a “race to the bottom.” Once carrier makes it more difficult to earn or use miles and the other two follow.

I reached out to American Airlines for comment via Twitter two days ago and was simply told they would “look into it” making it seem like it’s a computer glitch. But do a month by month search for availability JFK-LAX in AAnytime and you will see what I mean.

This does not help the fact that premium cabin award availability in the sAAver category is generally nil or close to it unless you can travel literally the next day.

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I do this route a lot using miles and I have to say, this looks grim.