So, I’m sure, by now you’ve heard the bad news about upcoming AA awards prices hike, effective March 22nd. Many blogs have written about it, see LoyaltyLobby for full recap. My goal, as usual, is to apply this news to a regular family. That’s why my focus is primarily on economy awards. Without further ado, here is the current chart:
And here is the new chart, coming to our neck of the woods in March:
The good news? There isn’t a whole lot. Sure, they will introduce a special 7,500 miles one-way pricing for short nonstop flights. Routes to Central America will cost 12,500 miles one-way instead of current 15,000 miles.
Also, regular sAAver rate to Caribbean and Mexico will be 15,000 miles instead of 17,500 miles. Asia route (region 2) will be slightly cheaper off-peak. Otherwise, it’s bad, terrible development for The Hobby.
- Flights to Canada and Alaska will cost 15,000 miles one-way instead of current pricing of 12,500 miles.
- Off-peak prices to Hawaii will go up from 17,500 to 20,000 miles one-way. Not terrible, but multiply it four or five times, and it adds up.
- Off-peak prices to Europe will go up from 20,000 to 22,500 miles one-way.
- Off-peak prices to Korea and Japan will go up from 25,000 to 32,500 miles one-way. Ouch!
- Off-peak pricing of 20,000 miles one-way to South America (region 2) will disappear, and the route will now cost a flat 30,000 miles. Sorry, my reader Leticia! Region 1 pricing will also go up from 15,000 miles to 17,500 miles.
See this page for full details of announcement. The conclusion? Don’t hoard your miles, don’t panic, and go on with your life. This was absolutely expected. If you need to book a certain flight that will cost more in March, do it in a near future. This could be a good time to book awards to Alaska for summer of 2016. If you need AA miles to top off an account, you can consider signing up for Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard. Read about it here
Another option is Amex SPG card (points transfer to AA miles), but be aware, the bonus is usually increased in the summer to 30,000 points. Right now, it’s down to 25,000 points. You can only get the bonus on personal version once per lifetime. Business card has different rules: You can get it again as long as you haven’t had the same card open in the last 12 months.
Mile (any mile) is a very volatile currency. Remember that when you are collecting them via everyday spending. But who does that, right? You do? Email me or comment on this post. We should talk.
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