American Airlines launched a new award map which makes it somewhat easier to see where your American Airlines miles can take you.
This award map will NOT show you award flights on ALL American Airlines partner airlines, but only a select few partners such as Air Berlin, Alaska Air, British Airways, Hawaiian Air, Finnair, OpenSkies & Qantas. However, American Airline has ~XX partner airlines, so the award map isn’t that useful.
This is important because you can use your American Airlines miles to fly on other airlines such as Cathay Pacific, JAL or Malaysia Airlines to Asia or on LAN to South American. But the American Airlines website and this new award map will NOT show you those options.
To find awards on partner airlines, see my series on “How to Book AA Awards Like a Pro.”
However, it is a pretty neat tool and I wasted lots of time playing with it and fantasizing about flying away from the cold!
Using the Tool
The award map is fairly easy to use. Just enter your departure city and the region you want to visit along with your departure date and the total amount of miles to use.
The award map appears to be designed to get you to pay as much as possible for a trip. I say this because there is no easy way to limit the search to awards at the low (MileSAAver) level. Instead, you can limit the search by entering the amount of miles you want to spend.
So you could end up paying more miles if you’re not familiar with the low-level award chart. Here’s a link to the American Airlines award chart which has both the regular and low-level award prices.
Once you click on “search” you see the cities which have award availability at the mileage level you specify in blue.
The grey pins on the map indicate availability for more miles than what you specified.
The new award map is useful, but don’t give up if you can’t find an award. Most partner airlines will NOT show up, so check out my series of posts on How to Book American Airlines Awards like a Pro.