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I’m on my way back from Paris so will keep this (very) brief, but it seems that American Airlines has released new AAnytime Award rates that are (much) higher than the previous rates…and in some cases mysteriously high as the details were not yet fully announced for Level 3 AAnytime Awards. They also changed up the wording on the MileSAAver Saver to Level 1 and Level 2 instead of regular and off-peak times. Level 1 and Level 2 sounds worse to me for some reason.
While I can’t verify this myself right now, there is also plenty of talk on Flyertalk saying that a free stopover in the international gateway city has ended for tickets not yet issued. That is a pretty big loss for some, though I see the raising of AAnytime Awards to have less of a direct impact since most of us don’t redeem for AAnytime Awards. However, raising of award prices is never good, and doing so without advance notice is certainly bad.
The new chart is valid for travel starting June 1, 2014.For travel before June 1, 2014, the previous award mileage levels will apply.
You can get a more detailed analysis from One Mile at a Time. More to come soon after we land and settle from our trip.