American Airlines was first among U.S. airlines to offer premium economy and expand it across their fleet. They introduced premium economy awards on their own flights back in January. Here’s the award chart for American Airlines premium economy awards.
JT Genter points out that premium economy awards on British Airways are now bookable by AAdvantage members. They even show up at AA.com.
American’s oneworld award chart hasn’t been updated to include this option. That’s a concern because United introducing awards for their own premium economy, without a premium economy award chart, was the first giveaway that the airline would eliminate award charts altogether.
Update: American’s oneworld and partner award chart has now been updated with premium economy. That’s great news for transparency.
British Airways transatlantic premium economy award pricing matches the same mileage prices as on American – plus fuel surcharges, naturally (though those are lower for premium economy than for business). You’ll need to use the ‘new award search’ to find premium economy space.
Where saver space is available in both premium economy (40,000) and business (57,500) business is a far better value for points, although the cash difference is material. However you may find times where you’re just looking to get out of coach – and British Airways award space in premium economy is orders of magnitude better than award space in any premium cabin on American.
We can expect American to expand premium economy award redemptions further on other partner airlines as well, though they haven’t given a timeline for when to expect this. At the beginning of 2019 we were also supposed to see redemptions for premium economy upgrades on American flights sometime this year but that timeline got abandoned months ago.