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American emailed me today about their new Award Map, and I am kinda digging it! It reminds me of the old Travelocity Dream Map (or something like that) where I would put in how much I wanted to spend from my home airport and it would show me where I could go.
With this American Airlines Award Map you can now get a real-time map of available reward destinations simply by entering travel dates, number of travelers, the type of destination (beach, ski, golf) or region (Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, Asia, etc.), and the number of miles you want to spend. By selecting “more options” you can also indicate the type of cabin you want to fly (main or business/first) and whether or not to include partner airlines.
This tool is absolutely fantastic for families who want to go somewhere on certain dates, but want to brainstorm where their miles can take them based on availability. It certainly saves time over searching city by city. For example, you can say you want to go to a beach on spring break or they want to go to Europe for a week in June, and you will get back all the results on a nice and pretty map. Just type in your departure airport, preferred type of destination, dates, the number of miles you have, and let the map come back with results.
From there it is just a simple click to the screen where you can select flights with your AAdvantage miles. I’ve been playing with the map now for the past half-hour and I really like it so far. What do you think? Had you seen this before? Useful for families or just a cool toy?