AAdvantage Award chart will change from Mar 22, 2016. You can book awards at the current rates until Mar 21, 2016. Note that the new pricing will apply even if you put the tickets on hold before Mar 21, 2016.
For awards between USA and India, First class award seekers will have to shell out a lot more miles. But the major impact had been seen for awards between India and Europe, India and Oceania.
If you are planning to book an economy award ticket, it pays to wait in some instances.
Here are summary of changes for Economy awards
Here are summary of changes for Business Class awards
Here are summary of changes for First Class awards
Cathay Pacific awards?
Above analysis does not apply to Cathay Pacific award tickets to India as this is transpacific route. When redeeming award tickets to India on Cathay Pacific – Miles needed will be calculated based on USA to Asia 2 and Asia2 to India.
Here is summary of changes if you are redeeming AA miles for traveling to India on Cathay Pacific. Below table lists the number of combined miles from USA to Asia 2 (HKG) and then Asia 2 (HKG) to India (Refer zone definitions above)
Business and First class on Cathay Pacific will also require more AA miles from Mar 22, 2016.
American Airlines has introduced several changes to AAdvantage program for 2016. One of the major impact for leisure travelers is the changes to AAdvantage award chart.
Effective Mar 22, 2016, economy award ticket between USA and India will need fewer miles – 40,000 AA miles instead of 45,000 AA miles. Business class awards will need an additional 2,500 miles (70,000 AA miles instead of 67,500)
You could still book the AAdvantage awards per the current award chart until Mar 21, 2016, which means you could book your early 2017 travel per the current award chart (schedule opens approximately 11 months ahead)
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