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.

About the author

Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.