With the American Airlines and US Airways merger an award chart devaluation at some point was sure to occur. Now, on the heels of making revenue based changes American Airlines just announced an award chart devaluation.

Across the board the devaluation hit premium class award the hardest. Here is a general breakdown of what the devaluation looks like:

  • Significant devaluation to international first class
  • Significant devaluation to international business class (although, both increases/decreases)
  • In economy, both increases/decreases. Improvement to short haul US flights

You can compare the current and new charts here:

AAdvantage award chart for travel booked before March 22, 2016

AAdvantage award chart for travel booked on or after March 22, 2016

American Airlines Award Chart Changes 2016

Economy Class Award Chart

Major American Airlines Award Chart Devaluation Coming in 2016_03

Business Class Award Chart

Major American Airlines Award Chart Devaluation Coming in 2016_02

First Class Award Chart

Major American Airlines Award Chart Devaluation Coming in 2016_01

MileSAAver Award Price Increase (Miles)

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The Bottom Line

It’s hard to say that this devaluation wasn’t expected and overall it’s pretty ugly with regards to premium cabin awards. American Airlines was a sweet spot in miles for premium class awards, but with the new award charts they will be much more inline with United and Delta.

The bottom line? If you’re holding a lot of American Airlines miles seriously think about burning them before the changes go into effect on March 22, 2016.