Are American’s AAnytime Awards now dynamic?
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.
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
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.
I do this route a lot using miles and I have to say, this looks grim.