Airline Miles, American Airlines

American Airlines devalues awards March 22, 2016

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I meant to mention this in the last email but I forgot and it’s time sensitive, so I’m emailing you all again 🙂

If you weren’t aware, American Airlines changed their award chart for Business class awards. This takes effect on March 22 (Tuesday).  If you have a stockpile of Advantage awards and redeem for Business Class awards (which, really, is how you should use them) you should consider booking now.   Europe, for example, will move from 100,000 miles roundtrip in Business to 115,000 miles.

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** Remember that (for now) AA is the ONLY US based airline where all members can make free changes to award bookings as long as the origin and destination remain the same and the award inventory (U for Business or Z for First) is available.  So if you will be able to use the award in the next 12 months, BOOK IT NOW.   I just booked a Europe award and 2 transcon that I’ll move later on.

You can see all the spots the devaluation hits on Lucky’s blog where he has a simple chart – but he misses one really important one.  Transcontinental First Class awards (NYC – LAX/SFO) increase each way from 32,500 miles to 50,000 miles.   That’s a crazy increase of 37,500 miles on a round trip. And transcend first class is sweet – with your own private pod like area. I highly recommend trying it.