Time is a cruel mistress, they say. It’s been 4 months since AA announced its most draconian devaluation ever — why does it feel like yesterday?
Some routes are being devalued more than others, and some are being devalued on partners more than on AA metal. AA devaluation has turned the best frequent flyer program in the world into an average run-of-the-mill loyalty program, especially considering its excessively restricting routing rules and lack of stopover options. May I remind anyone that United — as bad as it is — still allows us to have a stopover on a round-trip ticket?
So is there anything you can do at this point?
You still have a few hours to book first or business class seats at the old levels. Drop everything and find a flight of your dream. By the way, don’t worry about Etihad if that’s your thing — the Middle East/Indian Subcontinent rates are not going up. Think about these poor puppies!
U.S. Transcontinental First Class: Going Up by 35%!
Availability is not stellar, but it’s still there — all you need to do is look. Book today for 32,500 miles or tomorrow for 50K.
Cathay Pacific First Class between New York and Vancouver: Going up by 35%!
It’s 32,500 today — 50,000 tomorrow. Going, going… Impossible to find availability you say? Seek and ye shall find. Maybe. Search on BA.
Asia 2: Going Up by 22% in Business
Why not first? Because you won’t find anything in first in the next few hours, that’s futile. Finding a business class seat, however, is possible, and business is going up from 55K to 70K. Book today, or at least put it on hold for the next 5 days to think it over.
You can check American own flights to Asia and Europe, but most of that availability has been depleted. Which doesn’t mean you can’t find something. There is still time!