A Complete Guide to American Airlines Award Travel Rules

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American AAdvantage is one of our favorite frequent flyer programs. In this post, we'll cover all the rules for American Airlines award travel to help you use miles for your next adventure.

One of the key ways to get more value from your rewards is to spend a little time learning the rules for booking awards with the points and miles you acquire. Each program has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Once you understand them clearly, you’ll be able to choose the program that best suits your goals for a particular trip.

Types of Rules

Booking rules cover the details you need to know to get your trip confirmed. Can you use your miles to book a flight for your grandma? How much does it cost to add an infant that doesn’t need her own seat? How far in advance can you confirm your flights?

Change and cancellation rules cover all the fine print to make sure you don’t pay unnecessary fees and know exactly what to expect if your plans change.

Itinerary rules cover your options and limitations for the flights you add to your trip. Can you build in a stopover in Europe on the way to Asia? Can you book a one-way flight at half the price of a round-trip? Will you save miles if part of a business-class trip is in economy?

AA Award Travel Costs & Partner Airlines

Before we get started, there are two important factors that aren’t covered in this post:

Award Pricing
The number of miles you need and the taxes and fees you’ll pay out-of-pocket are determined by the type of points you redeem. In many cases, the costs in miles and money can be more important than other rules.

Redemption Partners
You can use AAdvantage miles to book travel with more than 20 partner airlines. But it’s also true that you can use dozens of different types of points to book flights operated by American or its partner airlines. If you aren’t familiar with this, check out our beginner’s guide to award travel planning.

If you’ve done a good job of diversifying your points, you should have the option to use points from other frequent-flyer programs to book a similar (or identical) itinerary. When using AAdvantage miles makes the most sense, here are the rules.

American Airlines Award Booking Rules & Fees

Which airlines can I book using American AAdvantage® miles?

Partner AirlineRegionHubsOn AA.com?Affiliation
British AirwaysEuropeLondon (LHR)YesOneworld
Cathay PacificEuropeHong Kong (HKG)YesOneworld
FinnairEuropeHelsinki (HEL)YesOneworld
Iberia EuropeMadrid (MAD)YesOneworld
Japan AirlinesAsiaTokyo (NRT & HND)YesOneworld
Malaysia AirlinesSoutheast AsiaKuala Lumpur (KUL)YesOneworld
QantasAustralia, New Zealand & Pacific IslandsBrisbane (BNE), Melbourne (MEL), Sydney (SYD)YesOneworld
Qatar AirwaysMiddle EastDoha (DOH)YesOneworld
Royal Air MarocAfricaCasablanca (CMN)YesOneworld (joined April 2020)
Royal Jordanian AirlinesMiddle EastAmman (AMM)YesOneworld
S7 AirlinesRussiaMoscow (DME), Novosibirsk (OVB)YesOneworld
SriLankan AirlinesSoutheast AsiaColombo (CMB)YesOneworld
Air Tahiti NuiAustralia, New Zealand & Pacific IslandsPapeete (PPT)YesIndependent
Alaska AirwaysNorth AmericaSeattle (SEA), Anchorage (ANC), Los Angeles (LAX), Portland (PDX), San Francisco (SFO)YesPlanning to join Oneworld in 2021
Cape AirNorth AmericaSt. Louis (STL)YesIndependent
China SouthernAsiaBeijing (PEK & PKX), Guangzhou (CAN)No (ExpertFlyer)Independent
Etihad AirwaysMiddle EastAbu Dahbi (AUH)YesIndependent
Fiji AirwaysAustralia, New Zealand & Pacific IslandsNadi (NAN)No (Alaskaair.com)Independent
GOL AirlinesSouth AmericaBrasília (BSB), Rio de Janeiro (GIG), São Paulo (GRU & CGH), Fortaleza (FOR)No (ExpertFlyer)Independent
Hawaiian AirlinesNorth AmericaHonolulu (HNL)YesIndependent
InterjetNorth AmericaMexico City (MEX)NoIndependent
LATAM Airlines (ended April 30, 2020)South AmericaSantiago (SCL), Sao Paulo (GRU), Lima (LIM), Bogota (BOG)NoIndependent after leaving Oneworld in April 2020
Seaborne Virgin IslandsNorth AmericaSan Juan (SJU), St. Thomas (STT), St. Croix (STX)YesIndependent

Can I use my miles to book for another person?

  • Yes, American Airlines will let you book a flight for anyone you wish.
  • Program terms and conditions prohibit selling miles, so you shouldn’t book for people you don’t know.
  • American Airlines requires that the name on the credit card which is used to pay the award taxes and fees matches the name of the AAdvantage account holder.

Here’s a summary of how the other frequent flyer programs handle booking award flights for others.

How far in advance can I book my ticket?

  • You can redeem AA miles up to 331 days before departure.
  • Some of AA's partner airlines like British Airways and Cathay Pacific make awards available almost one month earlier.

Here’s our master resource on how far in advance you can book a flight with miles.

Can I put an AA award travel on hold?

  • American has one of the most generous hold policies of any frequent flyer program.
  • Members can hold an award for 5 days if the award is booked more than 14 days before departure.
  • Between 1-14 days to departure, members can hold awards for 24 hours.
  • Even within 24 hours of departure, you can get a hold until 2 hours to departure.

Does American charge a close-in booking fee?

More details: Some frequent flyer programs charge an extra fee when you book a ticket within 21 days of departure. American Airlines award travel no longer has this fee.

Does American charge a phone-booking fee?

  • American charges a $30 fee to book by phone for travel within the U.S.
  • The phone booking fee to book an international award ticket is $40.
  • These fees are explicitly waived for tickets that cannot be booked on AA.com.

Pro Tip: Phone agents may still try to charge this fee when it should be waived. Make sure to insist or consider putting your award on a free five-day hold, and call back to confirm with a different agent who will waive the fee.

You can find the waiver and other award terms and conditions here.

“The American Airlines Reservations Ticketing Service Charge will be waived for all members redeeming miles for awards that cannot be booked on aa.com”

How much does it cost to include a lap infant?

  • International awards ⁠— American charges 10% of the cash price of an adult ticket to add a lap infant to your reservation.
  • Domestic awards ⁠— Within the U.S. or to Canada, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, there is no additional cost.
  • You can add your child to your ticket by calling AA reservations at 800-433-7300.

Here’s American’s resource on traveling with children and infants.

If you’re flying on a business- or first-class award, 10% of the retail ticket cost can be a lot of money. Here are the best award programs for traveling with a lap infant.

AA Award Travel Change and Cancellation Rules

The AAdvantage program really shines with its rules for travel changes and cancellation policy. The change or redeposit fee is quite expensive, but you won’t (or at least shouldn’t) be charged the fee for changes that would trigger the fee with other programs.

How much does American Airlines charge to change or cancel an award ticket?

american airlines change fee for award travel

When do I have to pay a change fee?

American Airlines used to differ from many other programs in not assessing a change fee as long as you keep the same origin and destination. However, with the new rules taking effect on July 1, 2020, that's changing.

You will be charged up to a $150 per-passenger fee for changes to the origin, destination, date of travel, routing, operating airline, and even changes to the specific flights you book.

Does American allow free changes within 24 hours?

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires airlines serving the U.S. to give travelers an opportunity to put itineraries on hold or to change or cancel a ticket for 24 hours after booking without penalty. American meets the requirement with the (up to) 5-day award hold, so it isn't legally required to allow cancellations in the 24-hour grace period.

With that said, American has historically honored free-cancellation requests within 24 hours of booking an award. Please let us know in the comments if your experience is different.

Here are the U.S. airline and travel-agency policies for changes within 24 hours

How to can I avoid change fees?

If your departure date is more than 60 days out, you can now change or cancel your American Airlines award travel without a fee.

The fee is up to $125 for changes or cancellations between 7 and 60 days to departure. However, if your plans change in this period, you may want to wait to see if there will be a change to your schedule.

Involuntary changes aren't subject to the same fees as those initiated by the passenger. If American makes a significant change to your reservation, it should waive any fees to rebook your award or redeposit the ticket. As long as you don't forget to take action more than 7 days before departure, you might escape the fee by waiting for an involuntary change.

Don't forget, AwardWallet tracks all your travel plans automatically (and alerts you to any changes) by importing reservations from your email or connected accounts. The best method for getting all your travel plans into AwardWallet is to link the email you use for reservations.

American Airlines Award Itinerary Rules

Can I book a stopover with American miles?

  • American does not allow free stopovers.
  • Any connection of 24 hours or more on an international award will result in paying for more than one award ticket
  • Connections of up to 4 hours are allowed for domestic itineraries

American and Alaska have a lot of redemption partners in common. If you want to build in a free stopover on a one-way award, Alaska MileagePlan (program guide) is a great place to start.

Here are some awards we'd recommend booking with Alaska miles instead of American miles.

Can I book one-way travel with American miles?

  • Yes, you can book one-way awards with American Airlines AAdvantage miles.
  • American charges half the price of a round-trip award for one-way itineraries.
  • However, some round-trip Web Special awards will price out cheaper than two one-way awards.

Pro Tip: For international tickets, be aware that many countries require proof of onward travel. Thanks to American's generous five-day hold policy, you can create a record locator for a return trip without actually confirming the ticket. If you prefer to have a confirmed reservation, consider booking a fully refundable ticket or use a ticket-rental service like OneWayFly.

Can I book an open jaw with American miles?

  • American allows open-jaw tickets at both the origin and destination.
  • An open jaw ticket that includes more than one region will be priced as two one-way awards.

If you aren’t already familiar with the routing scenarios covered above, check out our beginner’s guide to stopovers and open jaws.

Can I fly with multiple partner airlines on the same trip?

  • Yes, American allows you to combine partners on an award ticket.
  • Award prices are the same for all partner airlines, so there shouldn't be any extra cost if your flights are operated by more than one carrier.
  • However, any itineraries including partner-operated flights are ineligible for Web Special pricing. So, it might be cheaper to book an itinerary that only has AA-operated flights.

Can I book an itinerary with multiple classes of service?

American charges the award price for the highest class of service you book on your itinerary. This differs from some programs like Avianca LifeMiles which charge a prorated number of miles based on the percentage of your trip in each class. With American, you won't save any miles by booking one flight in economy and other flights in business class.

However, American does not have any rules that prohibit you from booking a ticket with different classes of service (you may see this referred to as a “mixed-cabin award”). This is a good thing. In some situations, you might not be able to find business- or first-class awards for the entire trip.

For example, if you're flying from Amsterdam (AMS) to Boston (BOS) via New York, you might find a business-class ticket across the Atlantic, but the short flight from New York to Boston is only available in economy. You can lock in that award, and if the short flight becomes available in business class, you might be able to upgrade without paying any extra miles.

Most domestic “first-class” awards are treated as business class when you pair them with an international flight. In other words, you won't be charged the first-class price on an international business-class award because you add a domestic flight.

Pro Tip: American's mixed-cabin award rules generally work in your favor. But be aware that American will happy charge you the business-class price for itineraries with a 10-hour flight in economy and a 45-minute flight in business class.

Can I book a 'round-the-world ticket with American miles?

Some frequent flyer programs like All Nippon Airways offer a 'round-the-world (RTW) ticket at a discount compared to booking each award separately. Trips with stops in more than one award region (as defined here) are not a strength of the AAdvantage program.

American uses a zone-based award chart, which means that the price of travel between two regions (like Europe and the Continental U.S.) should be consistent regardless of the specific origin and destination airports. Prague to Los Angeles requires the same number of miles as Dublin to Boston—even though the former is twice the distance!

However, when your itinerary connects at an airport that is not in the same region as your origin or destination, American Airlines may charge you for each trip separately. For example, if you book a flight directly from Paris to New York, you’ll pay the Europe-to-U.S. price on the award chart. But if you fly from Paris to Doha (in the Middle East region) and then to New York, you’ve transited a “third region”.

As a general rule, you’ll pay more when you transit a third region. But American has a list of exceptions that don’t require separate awards. For analysis and in-depth examples, check out our post on American's third-region rules and exceptions.

American Third-Region Exceptions

BetweenAndVia
AfricaSouth PacificMiddle East
Asia Region 1Middle EastAsia Region 2 or Indian Subcontinent
Asia Region 1Indian SubcontinentAsia Region 2
Asia Region 1South PacificAsia Region 2
Asia Region 1AfricaAsia Region 2 or Middle East
Asia Region 2Middle EastIndian Subcontinent
Asia Region 2AfricaMiddle East
CaribbeanSouth PacificSouth America Region 2
Central AmericaSouth PacificSouth America Region 2
Central AmericaMiddle EastEurope
Central AmericaIndian SubcontinentEurope or Middle East
Central AmericaAfricaEurope or Middle East
EuropeSouth PacificAsia Region 1 or Asia Region 2 or Middle East
EuropeIndian SubcontinentMiddle East
EuropeAfricaMiddle East
EuropeAsia Region 2Middle East or Indian Subcontinent
EuropeAsia Region 1Asia Region 2 or Middle East or Indian Subcontinent
HawaiiIndian SubcontinentEurope or Middle East
Indian SubcontinentSouth PacificAsia Region 2
Indian SubcontinentAfricaMiddle East
MexicoSouth PacificSouth America Region 2
Middle EastSouth PacificAsia Region 2 or Indian Subcontinent
North AmericaMiddle EastEurope
North AmericaAfricaEurope or Middle East
North America
(excluding Hawaii)
Indian SubcontinentEurope or Middle East or Hong Kong (HKG) on AA or Cathay Pacific
North America
(excluding Hawaii)
Asia Region 2Asia Region 1
North America
(excluding Mexico)
South America Region 2South America Region 1
South America Region 1South PacificSouth America Region 2
South America Region 1Middle EastEurope
South America Region 1Indian SubcontinentEurope or Middle East
South America Region 1AfricaEurope, Middle East
South America Region 2Middle EastEurope or Africa
South America Region 2AfricaEurope, Middle East
South America Region 2Indian SubcontinentEurope or Middle East

North America includes the regions of the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean unless otherwise noted.

You can find an in-depth discussion of the third region exceptions for AA award travel on the FlyerTalk forum. However, note that some of the content is outdated.

Itinerary Rules for Complex Award Bookings

The remaining routing rules aren't likely to be a factor for most award bookings. However, if you find yourself unable to book the flights you want online, one of these could be the problem. It's worth noting that American's reservations system is known to make mistakes. If you see a price in miles that is higher than what you expect based on the award chart, check these rules first.

It's also worth noting that few American reservations agents understand these rules (or even know they exist). If the computer says 110,000 miles, that's what the agent will try to charge you. Fortunately, the AAdvantage program does have a process for manually ticketing reservations when the system makes a mistake. If you've checked these advanced rules and the price doesn't look right, ask your agent to check with the rates desk or a supervisor.

Published route requirement

American's general rule is that awards must be booked on a published route. More specifically, the airline that flies you across the ocean (the overwater carrier) needs to sell a ticket between your origin and destination.

Let's take a trip to the Maldives for example. There's no better way to go than in Etihad's Apartments. However, in order to book an AAdvantage award, Etihad has to sell a ticket between your origin and Male (MLE). To confirm this, you'll want to check ExpertFlyer's Fare Information search.

While it's not as exact, you can also search the route on Google Flights and see if there's an option to book on Etihad.

aa award travel - etihad partner flight

If you're departing from a major airport such as New York City or Los Angeles, you aren't going to have any issues finding a ticket sold by Etihad:

american airlines award booking must be on a published route

However, there are no published fares on Etihad between Charleston (CHS) and Male:

aa award travel can't be booked from CHS to MLE

So, you wouldn't be able to book an AAdvantage award on Etihad flights on this route. If you run into this dilemma, it may still be possible to book the ticket depending on the agent that's ticketing the award. Otherwise, you might need buy a separate “positioning” flight from the smaller airport to a major hub with a published fare to your final destination.

Maximum Permitted Mileage (MPM)

“Maximum Permitted Mileage” is a lovely piece of jargon that means exactly what it says. For each origin and destination, there is a maximum number of miles you can travel. AAdvantage relies primarily on the “published route” requirement explained above. However, in cases where your desired award ticket isn't a published route, you may still be able to book it if the itinerary is less than 125% of the MPM.

Unfortunately, the MPM isn't published online. ExpertFlyer members can check the MPM under the “Travel Information” section:

Segment Limits

  • American allows up to two connections (3 segments) on one-way domestic awards
  • American allows up to three connections (4 segments) on one-way international awards.

For round-trip travel, you'll be allowed the above one-way limits in each direction of travel. Your destination is the first stop that is more than 24 hours (international) or 4 hours (domestic). If your trip requires more than this limit, American Airlines will charge you for more than one award.

Married Segment Logic

In the past, American Airlines released award availability flight-by-flight. Say you wanted to fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Frankfurt (FRA). If you found award availability on a flight from Los Angeles to Dallas/Fort Worth and on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Frankfurt, you could book the award. Likewise, someone just flying from Dallas to Frankfurt could also book an award on just that nonstop flight.

That all changed in late 2017. Instead of releasing award availability by flight, American Airlines now releases award availability by trip. Under these rules, you might only be allowed to book the Dallas to Frankfurt flight if you start in Los Angeles. If you want to start in Dallas, you might need to connect in Charlotte or Miami on the way to Frankfurt to book the cheapest award.

This irritating way of releasing award availability is referred to as “married segment logic” because the award availability for each individual flight is “married” to the entire itinerary. Put simply, American uses these rules to make the cheapest awards less convenient with the hope of getting you to pay more miles for a nonstop award.

Final Thoughts

American Airlines AAdvantage miles can be extremely valuable if you know how and when to use them. While there is certainly a learning curve for more complex itineraries, there are plenty of awards you can book at a great price with limited experience.

American's policy for putting award tickets on hold is among the most generous of any frequent flyer program. When planning travel that will require more than one type of miles, it's a huge asset to be able to lock in your AAdvantage award for up to five days while you figure out the other parts of your trip.

The rules for changing tickets are also a standout feature of this program. With the changes that take effect in July 2020, it will be more expensive to change your travel dates within 60 days of departure, but the new policy of allowing free changes outside of 60 days remains is far better than you'll find with many other programs.

The AAdvantage® booking rules are more complex than revenue-based programs like Southwest and JetBlue, but a little extra effort to learn how this program works can pay huge dividends. Other programs like Delta and United have moved towards dynamic award pricing—which means the price can vary widely. American Airlines continues to publish the number of miles you need to travel to each region. If you know the rules, you should be able to determine exactly how much an award will cost and plan accordingly.

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  • Murtha Derr says:

    Thanks for this very comprehensive breakdown of the AAdvantage program rules, a lot of which I didn’t know. The 5 day hold is very important, as is the ability to cancel more than 60 days out without penalty — might help in making longer term plans, which is what we are all doing now! Thanks again for this post!

  • HI! How can I use American Airlines miles when booking in Iberia for example?

    Thanks?

    • AA.com does show some results for Iberia, and you should be able to ticket those awards on AA.com. I don’t think AA.com is very reliable for showing you all the Iberia options. You can use a site like ExpertFlyer (paid) for Iberia biz class, or you can use British Airways to find options that AA.com doesn’t show. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, just call AA to use your miles.

  • Rodrigo Fraiman says:

    Really very usefull information.
    Up to some years ago, American Airlines allowed makes a reservation using miles with a free stop. But now, it is not possible to make a reservation with a free stop in the route.
    Very clear all information.
    Thanks!!!!

  • Matias Gomez says:

    This is a great and complete guide to the Aadvtange rules. Do you have any information on Aadvtange miles redeemed for Latam airlines flights are still honoured? American lost a good partner in South America to earn and redeem miles on short flights in the region. Any thoughts would be welcome!

  • Marcelo Lopez says:

    I can’t find an option in the mileage program that takes into consideration unaccompanied minors.

  • Thank you Mr. Paquet for a very informative article. As a senior citizen I have had to put my travel plans on hold to vist my grandchildren due to the virus. AwardWallet had notified me that my American award miles would be expiring soon and in browsing through the many blog articles I found yours which was clear and easily understood.

  • Another reason to like award travel: Canceling award travel is better than canceling a paid ticket in some obvious ways, and one less-obvious way. Canceled award travel tix go back into your mileage account. Canceled regular tickets just sort of disappear, and if you lose the email with the e-ticket, you could easily forget you even are owed a flight.

  • Elena Parrilla says:

    Thank you Erik for this great article, very useful, great tips!
    I always have many doubts and feel frustrated when trying to use my miles on the AAdvantage website.
    This 2020 there were so many changes that it turns even more confusing.
    Your guide encourages me to redeem my miles once and for all.
    Well done!

  • This is VERY helpful, thank you so much for putting all this in one place it’s all I needed. What about LATAM miles now? are they still going to be able to continue adding to the other oneworld companies?

    • Yes, LATAM is still partnering with most other Oneworld airlines for earning and redeeming flights. It seems LATAM probably didn’t want to leave Oneworld, but needed to because of the joint venture with Delta.

  • Steve Beckman says:

    By far one of the most complete and thorough guides to using my awards miles I’ve seen. I’m new to this blog but this sold me on it. Well done!

  • Thanks for all the information. This article has clarified many doubts I had about the AAdvantage program.

  • Impressive guide!
    The free 5-day hold on awards is magical, I used it once to coordinate awards from two different programs and get tickets on the same flight.

  • daniella terry says:

    So useful as I have miles that will expire in a few weeks and now I can extend them for 18 month.s Thanks!!

  • I find the married segment logic to be the most frustrating thing about the AAdvantage program. While trying to piece together an itinerary to Spain and Portugal last year, I was blocked at every turn by married segments. Granted, I was trying to book with Iberia Avios, but AA’s married segments were the problem. In the end, the only way I could make it work was to book separate itineraries with STL-ORD through AA and ORD-BCN through IB.

  • Nicolas Morita says:

    Any news regarding the aliance between AA & Santander rio bank? the expiration miles will be the same?

    • Hey Nicolas, I’m not very knowledgeable about Santander specifically, but the general rule for any transfer partner is that the miles become subject to the AA rules as soon as they arrive in you account. So if your question is about transferring points to AA, yes they will have the normal AA expiration rules.

  • I have always found it frustrating that at least half of the agents want to charge you the phone fee when you call in an award that can’t be booked online. Usually it gets cleared up quickly, but once I had an agent that insisted the Terms & Conditions were “wrong” and said it had to be charged.

  • While I know the industry is moving to dynamic pricing, I find the above AA program to be much easier to wrap your head around. I also use Delta, and it takes me a lot of checking flight after flight to find wide variances. It can be good if you get lucky, or ridiculously high. With the current AA program, you know what you are getting.

  • Everything is very well explained in order to take “advantage” of my AAdvantage miles. Thank you for this very useful guide!

  • Guia muy completa sobre premios en AA, excelentemente explicada y muy útil.
    Muchas gracias.

  • Defenitely I will use this guide the next time that I book an Aadavantage award

  • Mariana Laski says:

    Very interesting guide. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to find a space for awards in AA flights. I wish there was more flexibility in AA rules, but it is better and simpler than other airlines anyway. As a tip, it is always possible to book one way tickets separately, so you can actually buy the inbound flight and redeem miles for the outbound flight.

  • Thank you for this really useful guide, I did not know how many airlines were in one world

  • Anita Olsen says:

    Very useful guide about how to use American Advantage miles. Thank you!

  • This was a very helpful article. I didn’t know that there are so many airlines in the alliance. We need to keep that in mind next time we are booking flights.

  • John Simpson says:

    Not previusly aware of three flight limit on domestic award travel. Very limiting for me – going from HVN to BUR, my frequent request, is a minimum of 3 segments. HVN-PHL-PHX-BUR. If I cannot get on the PHL-PHX segment, I can’t travel.

  • Great info! Nice to have them all compiled on one post. Thanks!

  • This is a great breakdown of their rules. Thank you.

  • So sad that there’s no more stopovers on AA awards!

  • Thanks so much for putting all this in one place!

  • Thanks you for this full report on booking AA using miles. This is very useful!

  • Great tips!!! They once tried to charge me the fee for booking by phone when it was a promo that couldnt be booked by the web AA.com. Next time i will insist with different agents.

  • Peter Finch says:

    Possibly the most comprehensive post ever on AA Awards. Excellent & very informative. I did not now there was a service for obtaining a PRN for ongoing one way tickets.

  • I have AAdvantage, and thanks to him I was able to travel to the Perito Moreno Glacier with all my family. It is a very advantageous program. It is always good to review the rules, because I learn something new. Thank you

  • Thank you for this great reference article. I find that AA miles are very important to my award travel. So this information is very important to me.

    • Thank you. I found this a great guide to using AA rewards. The pro tips are really helpful – particularly the 5 day hold to help waiving fees

  • Harvey Kwan says:

    Great guide, bookmarked! thanks!

  • carl austin says:

    The one thing that really upsets me is the lack of flexibility between Advantage and AVIOS when these airlines are supposed to operate under One World

    No living in Spain, I continued to log all my Iberia flights onto AA to find that I lost a huge benefit

    I asked AA to reverse the awards so I could post to Iberia (who were open to this) – no chance.

    I have been Exec Platinum and member since 1990 – customer service on this was poor

    Take care

  • I am so glad they got rid of the close on fee that never made sense. Good in depth review of all the rules.

    • Many airlines have been removing a lot of fees and surcharges lately. That’s wonderful.

      • I just found out that they are not charging the $75 for close in according to this article. Finally they are starting to get rid of fees instead of charging for every little thing. Maybe they will get rid of baggage fees to attract more people to fly with them.

        • JT Genter says:

          Definitely some positives recently! Another fee AA is getting rid of: starting July 1, you can change/cancel an award ticket 60+ days to departure with no fees.

  • It is fantastic that most partner awards can be booked online now. Let’s hope that the pandemic will be over soon.

  • I wonder if they’ll make any third region exceptions now that Royal Air Maroc has joined OW. I’m thinking of N America to the Middle East via Africa. That might come in handy for some if any of the Middle Eastern partners doesn’t have space available or if the flight schedules are better using RAM.

  • so useful! I’d refer to this if I need to book AA awards

  • Florencia says:

    American AAdvantage is one of my favorite frequent flyer programs. Thank you very much for the information. Unfortunately, as of August, it will not add miles with Santander Argentina. We will have to find new ways to continue accumulating miles, especially in this time when you cannot travel.

  • Really nice bookmarkable post. Thanks.

  • Good and informative post! I have about 80k miles i need to use but this article has helped me with some tips on how to book! American Airlines has been bad in the past so hope with these changes they have recently made, they stick to it

    • Good post to know all the options in the Program AA Awards, and how to maximize the use of miles Thank you Team AW

  • Another super helpful, easy to follow guide. Thanks, AW team!

  • Good guide! to understand the AA Awards travel rules!! Thank you