Unlike Delta which no longer publishes award charts at all, and unlike United which doesn’t publish premium economy award pricing American has added premium economy to its published award chart pricing.
Kudos to American here because:
- Premium economy is priced between coach and business class, and reasonably so — for instance saver awards to Europe are 30,000 miles one way in coach and business class 57,500 miles, so they’ve inserted premium economy at 40,000 miles.
- They haven’t used this as an opportunity to increase the price of business class awards at this point.
Here’s the premium economy saver and anytime chart for North America:
What’s more, unlike United which doesn’t seem to make premium economy saver awards available, American has made saver space for premium economy available at the get go. Premium economy saver awards book into the “X” inventory bucket.
However premium economy awards are available for American Airlines travel only. This change does not let you use AAdvantage miles for redeem for premium economy travel on airlines like Japan Airlines, Qantas, or British Airways. (And you cannot use miles with other programs to book American Airlines premium economy awards, or so I’m told.)
There are no changes to American Airlines upgrades at this time. There are no upgrade awards to go from coach to premium economy. I expect those may be offered later in the year. There are also no changes to how upgrades work at this time which is that coach still upgrades to business class.
To search for premium economy awards use American’s new award search tool.