American AAdvantage has added two more airlines for online redemption. These are two that most members will never use, but it’s going to add convenience for those who do — especially since that makes connections onto these carriers bookable as part of a larger award.
American is also updating their award chart online around 10 a.m. Eastern this morning to reflect award chart pricing changes for Hawaii that will go into effect January 16th.
Lie Flat Premium Cabin Hawaii Awards Getting More Expensive
Flights with lie flat seats to Hawaii will be getting more expensive. Booking saver awards in premium cabins on these flights is near-impossible, so I’m not sure the point of the change, other than what this will do to American’s 5 other award price levels.
[W]e will be increas[ing] some award levels for premium award travel to/from Hawaii. The demand for lie-flat seats to/from Hawaii is high. So we’re adjusting the award chart to reflect the demand increase and will be differentiating between lie-flat and non-lie-flat seats.
American already charges 40,000 miles each way at the saver level. The second of 5 AAnytime levels costs 90,000 miles each way. And we’re being told pricing for lie flat seats is getting more expensive.
You’re almost always better off booking saver awards on U.S. airlines through non-U.S. partner frequent flyer programs. Here are some of the best deals to Hawaii.
Some Canada Awards Will Get Less Expensive
We’ll see details online in a couple of hours, but American shares that Canada awards are being aligned with U.S. domestic 48 award prices for bookings made January 16 onward.
align the award levels for travel to/from Canada with the U.S. 48, resulting in lower award levels in some cases and in others, no change.
Cape Air Awards Now Online
Cape Air awards can only be booked on four routes, flights between St. Louis and:
- Ft Leonardwood, MO (TBN)
- Kirksville, MO (IRK)
- Marion, IL (MWA)
- Owensboro, KY (OWB)
S7 (Siberia Airlines) Awards Now Online
Siberia Airlines, now S7, was created with the breakup of Aeroflot with the fall of the Soviet Union. It was one of the original Babyflots, and operates a fleet of about 90 narrowbody aircraft mostly to domestic destinations however they do operate to cities like Beijing, Bangkok, Berlin, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Munich, Prague, Seoul, Shanghai, Stockholm, and Tokyo. Of those only Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Helsinki are oneworld hubs.
American’s redemption rules exclude some S7 awards: “Destinations in Eastern Russia aren’t valid for redemption on S7.”
At one point AA.com defined banned award destinations as:
Destinations in Eastern Russia (east of the Ural Mountains) include Barnaul, Bratsk, Chita, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk, Kurgan, Nizhnevartovsk, Novokuznetsk, Novy Urengoy, Nadym, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Surgut, Tomsk, Ulan-ude, Blagoveshchensk, Magadan, Khabarovsk, Norilsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Vladivostok, Yakutsk
If you’re looking to travel to this region, British Airways miles work just fine.