Changes to the American Airlines Award Chart: Take Note If You’re Planning a Trip to Hawaii or Canada

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Changes to the American Airlines Award Chart:  Take Note If You’re Planning a Trip to Hawaii or Canada

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American Airlines announced changes to its award chart that will go into effect for bookings made on or after January 16, 2019.  Most notably, these changes will affect award prices for tickets to Hawaii and Canada.

The American Airlines award chart changes will NOT affect bookings made before January 16, 2019, even if you’re traveling after that date.  So if you’re planning a trip to either of these spots it’s worth taking a look to see if it’s better to book now or wait until after the award chart is updated.

I’m considering a trip to Canada this summer, and with the new award chart, I’ll be able to use fewer miles from the welcome bonus I earned on the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® to get there!

Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming changes.

Flying in Style to Hawaii Is About to Cost a Lot More American Airlines Miles.  I’d Suggest Booking Soon to Save!

American Airlines Award Chart Changes

There are 2 main changes coming to American Airlines’ award chart as of January 16, 2019.  First, Canada will be included in the same region on the award chart as the contiguous 48 US states.

This is a positive change because it means that while some award ticket prices won’t change, some will require fewer miles!  For example, at the current rates, a coach ticket between Canada and the US (with a flight distance of 500+ miles) costs 15,000 American Airlines miles one-way.  And under the new award chart, it will only cost 12,500 miles one-way.  That’s a savings of 5,000 miles on a round-trip ticket!

But it isn’t all good news.  With the new award chart, Business and First Class award tickets to and from Hawaii from almost every region are increasing.  And the increases in the number of miles you’ll need are substantial.

For example, a Business Class seat between the US and Hawaii currently costs 40,000 American Airlines miles each-way.  But after January 16, 2019, you’ll pay 55,000 miles for that same ticket.  And you’ll see similar increases in Business and First Class award tickets to Hawaii from spots like Mexico, Europe, and South America.  Luckily, coach award ticket costs aren’t affected by the change.

You can check out the old and new American Airlines’ award charts here.  And don’t forget, the fastest way to earn American Airlines miles is from welcome bonuses on top cards like the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®and CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®.

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Has anyone tried booking Hawaii or Canada today? It looks like American has already made the mileage changes. The new award pricing is already in effect it seems, even though it says “booked” after on the award chart. I’m going to Call AA tomorrow to inquire, but am I missing something?

Looks like first class take the HIT. That makes it too costly and at almost 86 comfort is necessary. Not luxury.

Glad I didn’t wait until last minute! Flying IAD-OGG for 135k RT in first on AA on 01/16.

Secured lie-flats on connecting flights to and from DFW (unless AA changes last minute, which is always a possibility)

Let’s be real…if you travel using points (which we often do) you screw yourself because you lose ALL benefits of status including upgrades as an EXEC-platinum! No upgrades for your status if the flight is not sold out first class!

Yes, I will use my AA card less or not at all in 2019

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