American Airlines is making it easier for customers to fly one-way award tickets with a new 490,000 mile one-way award. With this promotion, customers can book a round trip or a single destination and get more than 50% off of their ticket price.
The American Airlines Introducing New 490,000 Mile One-Way Award is a new promotion that will allow travelers to fly from the US to Europe for just 490,000 miles.
New 490,000-Mile One-Way Award from American Airlines
on August 8, 2021 by Gary Leff
American Airlines has a new undisclosed reward chart level for flights between the United States and China, with one-way redemptions costing as much as 490,000 miles. This also applies to American Airlines flights to Hong Kong.
American AAdvantage has announced that reward charts would be phased out. It’s the only thing standing between the program and the abyss, which has already devoured the Delta SkyMiles and United MileagePlus programs.
Partner award charts are where the big money is made. Only the’saver’ or lowest reward level is offered for partner awards. Despite the fact that Delta and United exclusively provide savings inventory to members, they often discount their partner price without using reward charts. The loss of member value is a result of opaque pricing.
American often offers the lowest points rates on its own flights at the revenue-based ‘web special’ level, which does not allow modifications. Those costs are very variable and may be fairly granular. They do, however, offer a saver award chart as well as a ‘Anytime’ chart where you may use your points for the last available seat on the aircraft.
With the acquisition of American by US Airways, the double miles reward, which cost twice as much as a saver redemption, came to an end. That was part of the massAAcre on April 8th.
The award chart for American Airlines flights now includes several levels, but they only publish levels one and two and note that “there are certain days that need a greater amount of miles (in addition to Level 1 and 2 awards).” I’ve previously reported about the 5 anytime award pricing levels.
They’ve added a new most-expensive 6th anytime award pricing level for flights between the United States and China and Hong Kong. Employees receive a 20% discount on these redemptions, just as they do on other comparable awards, and they’re also eligible for ‘AA20’ pricing on revenue tickets.
According to an international reference document, American currently charges up to 490,000 miles one trip at level 6:
Because of web saver awards, prices will almost never reach this level in reality — but inflexible award pricing will come close:
At the very least, American is modest in its depictions of first class, charging just 10,000 miles more than business class for a dubious product at best.
Still, at these rates, you may as well go swimming.
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