Updated with response from American Airlines below.
I’ve had several readers as me about the disappearance of all international saver award availability from American Airlines flights. This happened sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning.
This appears to be across all routes, at least every single route that I’ve tried. It isn’t my usual complaint about lack of premium cabin inventory through end of schedule. Here I’m talking about even coach.
My response has been that I do not see this as being linked to plans for dynamic award pricing or speculation about impending changes to upgrades because I’m not aware of any internal changes to the AAdvantage program slated for June.
I’ve reached out to American and I’m hoping they’ll tell me that this is a glitch. I 100% do not believe that saver awards have been intentionally eliminated as a category. Notably saver award space still exists for American Airlines domestic flights and for partners.
My advice is to wait to book awards on American because unless we’re talking about the last seats on a plane where you need to spend extra miles for better availability there’s a chance you’ll pay fewer miles by holding off on redemptions.
Even if this turns out to be a glitch though it concerns me without learning an explanation for what happened because tinkering with the formula for releasing space could well be afoot.
Update: American responds, “We’re aware that MileSAAver availability is not displaying correctly. We’re working on addressing and expect to have things back to normal tomorrow morning.”