When you have status with an airline that can help redeeming awards at a low price. Some airlines make additional seats available to their own members (as opposed to members of partner airline programs).
Some make more seats available to their own elite frequent flyers. And United Airlines probably does the best job of making additional award space available to elite members (even Silver) along with cobrand credit card customers. That extra inventory is real.
What a lot of American AAdvantage members don’t realize is that Executive Platinum (and Concierge Key) members also have extra award availability.
AAdvantage Executive Platinum® members and 1 companion have exclusive access to additional MileSAAver award seating on American Airlines flights. While this is not a guarantee of available seating, it does provide more flexibility when you are traveling on a MileSAAver award. Please call the AAdvantage Executive Platinum® service desk to access this benefit.
- It’s for coach only
- And it’s not available when searching on American’s website, even when you’re logged in
Those AAdvantage members who know about the benefit often complain that it doesn’t exist anymore because when they call in agents may tell them they don’t know anything about it. But agents will see the space when they look if it’s available and won’t know that is what they are seeing.
Other agents will respond that they used to be able to request awards but that was a different feature entirely and not something limited to Executive Platinum members.
An American Airlines spokesperson re-affirms,
Yes, we do still offer extra MileSAAver award availability on certain flights for Executive Platinum members, which allows them to book additional award seats for their party.
This can be helpful when trying to add a domestic flight to an international departure gateway city as part of a partner airline redemption. Perhaps you live in Dallas and you found availability for Qatar Airways QSuites from Houston to Doha and on to the Maldives, but there’s no saver award space from Dallas to Houston showing up on the American Airlines website. An Executive PLatinum might actually have saver awards available if they call.
For personal travel it may make sense for an Executive Platinum member to redeem domestic coach awards, with as expensive as domestic flights can be right now. And since Executive Platinums are eligible for complimentary upgrades on award travel, domestic coach awards can make sense. Of course a Web Saver award might be fewer – or many more – miles than a traditional saver award.
Since you have to call to see the space, it isn’t shown online, and it’s only for coach awards it’s not something I’ve ever much bothered with. But it exists, it’s easy to forget, and it can be useful.