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How to See Where Your American Airlines Miles Can Take You

How to See Where Your American Airlines Miles Can Take You

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American Airlines launched a new award map which makes it somewhat easier to see where your American Airlines miles can take you.

American Airlines Award Map
American Airlines Award Map

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.

Can't Specify Low Level Awards
Can’t Specify Low Level Awards

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.

American Airlines Award Map 2
American Airlines Award Map 2

Bottom Line

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.

 

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Hello!

Hope you can guide me. My husband and I have separate AA accounts with about 100+k miles each. I want to book two tickets next May (I know it's too soon right now) from OKC to MAD round trip. I've tried before using the AA website, I can book one ticket using 50k and 62.k awards, but not a second ticket on the same flight. I assume they only have one awards ticket per flight. How can I book both of us on the same flights in Business or 1st? I don't mind if we fly economy one leg if necessary. You're website is great, I'm learning a lot already. Thanks in advance for your help.

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@Mindy Duke - You can set the search for two people and it will then show you award availability for 2 people. Otherwise, you can ask an award booking service to help book the award.

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@@#!&∫! Sneaky Fees! - You are likely flying on British Airways which charges high fuel surcharges. But American Airlines partners with Ethiad which also flies to the Maldives and doesn't charge fuel surcharges. But you can't find award seats online and have to call AA to book them.

Here's an attempt at sharing the image which shows the miles vs. dollar price.

Editing, re-posting, movement (to a more proper thread) or deletion is completely at your discretion... and will never bring a complaint from me.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzUQx72Nv3NKV2xuTFRKcDgtbHM

Wow.

Just looked at a potential trip from here in the DC area to the Maldive islands.

A round trip runs 90k miles - which I thought wasn't terrible... but then I saw that all those miles are only half the deal.

If you want to use those miles to fly, say in October as I was speculating, you need to also PAY MORE THAN $1015.00 in poorly explained fees!

(I do have a screen capture I can share, but don't see how to do that)

What an absolute rip off!

If you book the flight for cash, same dates and flights, the total is $1681.40

This means your 90k miles are worth around $650!

Is there anything that can be done about this?

@newbie008

I guess thats even better than giving credit. Just sending you right to another blog. Pretty generous.

I was thinking, obviously people read the title of the article and hope to gather some interesting info related to the title. Then they read all the comment drama and waste their time and I waste my time responding to it. It would be nice just to "stick to the subject". If I were Daraius, I might say comments unrelated to the article can be e-mailed to me directly or may be removed. Of course removal of comments pisses people off but I think he has that right. I know he leaves all comments for display, but sometimes most of the comments are a waste of people's time just looking for some mile and point information. Case in point, this comment.

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@Steven - The BA website is quirky. Try searching for Newark to Miami and you will see (some) availability on those days. Also, if the flight on AA.com has connections try searching individually on the Avios website. You can then call BA to book the flight if you see availability online.

@Mayan Brian - You could transfer Starwood hotel points to American Airlines. Or if you have money to put in a BankDirect checking account, you could earn some miles that way.

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