Two weeks ago I reported that American would launch award redemption for premium economy this month. Awards go live tomorrow (Thursday, January 24).
American has retrofitted much of their widebody fleet of Boeing 777s, 787-9s, A330-200s and now some 787-8s to offer a premium economy cabin (787-8s expected to be fully reconfigured mid-this year). However they have not had an option to redeem premium economy seats for miles.
I expect that American will update its award charts to reflect the new option tomorrow, and that premium economy awards will be placed between current coach and business pricing without changes to those other redemption prices at this time. Over time it wouldn’t surprise me though to see premium economy make it easier to increase the price of business class awards.
We will not see any change to upgrades at this time, or upgrade awards for premium economy
Apparently this new redemption option will be for American miles on American flights only — they will not enable redemption of premium economy seats on partners, and American’s partners won’t have access to premium economy awards either. SAD!