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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.
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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