2016 American Airlines AAdvantage Award Chart Changes


There are quite a few changes coming to the Americans Airlines AAdvantage program on March 22, 2016.  In this article, we’re going to focus on the American Airlines AAdvantage award chart.

The good:

  • American has added a short haul reward (less than 500 miles).
    • Redemptions in the Main Cabin and Business/First will be 40% less.
  • US domestic flight conversions remain unchanged.
  • Flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America will be 14%-17% lower (in two cabin aircraft).

The Bad:

  • In a three cabin aircraft, First Class seats cost 41% additional miles on average than in 2015.
  • Trips to Canada and Alaska are 20%-69% higher.
  • Journeys to South America(1) are 14%-38% more.
  • Asia and South Pacific premium cabin redemptions have increased by 20%-63%.

We strongly suggest that anyone planning on booking a premium class seat to do so before the March 22 cutoff.  It will save you thousands of points.

Full detail of the changes to the AAdvantage Award Chats may be found below.  Please keep in mind that all charts are listed as one way trips.

American Airlines Main Cabin 2016 Award Chart Changes

To:20152016Change% Change
Contiguous 48 U.S. states12,50012,50000%
Contiguous 48 U.S. states & Canada (≤ 500 miles)12,5007,500-5,000-40%
Canada & Alaska12,50015,0002,50020%
Hawaii22,50022,50000%
Caribbean17,50015,000-2,500-14%
Mexico17,50015,000-2,500-14%
Central America17,50015,000-2,500-14%
South America Region 117,50020,0002,50014%
South America Region 230,00030,00000%
Europe30,00030,00000%
Asia Region 132,50035,0002,5008%
Asia Region 235,00035,00000%
South Pacific37,50040,0002,5007%

American Airlines Business/First 2016 Award Chart Changes

To:20152016Change% Change
Contiguous 48 U.S. states25,00025,00000%
Contiguous 48 U.S. states & Canada (≤ 500 miles)25,00015,000-10,000-40%
Canada & Alaska25,00030,0005,00020%
Hawaii37,50040,0002,5007%
Caribbean30,00025,000-5,000-17%
Mexico30,00025,000-5,000-17%
Central America30,00025,000-5,000-17%
South America Region 130,00030,00000%
South America Region 250,00057,5007,50015%
Europe50,00057,5007,50015%
Asia Region 150,00060,00010,00020%
Asia Region 255,00070,00015,00027%
South Pacific62,50080,00017,50028%

American Airlines First Class 2016 Award Chart Changes

To:20152016Change% Change
Contiguous 48 U.S. states32,50050,00017,50054%
Canada & Alaska32,50055,00022,50069%
Hawaii47,50065,00017,50037%
Caribbean40,00050,00010,00025%
Mexico40,00050,00010,00025%
Central America40,00050,00010,00025%
South America Region 140,00055,00015,00038%
South America Region 262,50085,00022,50036%
Europe62,50085,00022,50036%
Asia Region 162,50080,00017,50028%
Asia Region 267,500110,00042,50063%
South Pacific72,500110,00037,50052%

Although the domestic awards have improved somewhat, it is disappointing to see such strong devaluation of point conversions to first class.  Although the move is  not surprising given the trend in the industry, American is clearly pushing its AAdvantage members to book main cabin seats.

There are numerous other changes to the AAdvantage program that we will be evaluating in a future article. Check back soon for details.

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