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AA Devaluation Is Tomorrow: Book Now or Weep Later!


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?

American Has SKYMILED AAdvantage: Now What?

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.

AA Devaluation AA NYC-LAX

AA Devaluation: JFK-LAX in First

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.

AA Devaluation: AA NYC-Vancouver

AA Devaluation: JFK-YVR in First

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.

AA Devaluation: AA NYC-HKG

AA Devaluation: JFK-HKG in Business

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!


Book NOW: AA First and Business to Asia and Beyond—the Nitty-Gritty!

  On March 22, the most draconian devaluation in AA history will take place, read this for more American Has SKYMILED AAdvantage: Now What? So if you feel the urge to blow wads of American AAdvantage miles before that date, you’re not alone. It seems, that American feels the same way. You can get aContinue Reading

How to Take Advantage of Fifth Freedom Flights (Part 2)

  The first part is here: Fifth Freedom Flights Can Save You Some Serious Miles or Money As I said in my previous post, there are a few reasons you might be interested in Fifth Freedom flights. Your increased chances of getting the award ticket, since not many people know about them. The convenience of aContinue Reading

Book Etihad First Apartment — MAJOR UPDATE!

  THE GREAT! A few days ago I wrote a piece about booking Etihad First Apartments with [soon to be devalued] AA miles. Book Etihad First Apartment While You Still Can! I noted that there was no A380 Apartment availability on the U.S.- Abu Dhabi flights till the end of the schedule (and yes, I didContinue Reading

Book Etihad First Apartment While You Still Can!

  MAJOR UPDATE The Etihad First Apartment doesn’t come cheap, but I’ve become much more willing to spend waste my miles on the first class travel since the AA devaluation news. I used to argue a lot against it. All that Earn’n’Burn philosophy was kind of foreign to me. I was sitting on my highContinue Reading

American Has SKYMILED AAdvantage: Now What?

12.03: Update for the AA Region List see below (thanks Jig!) In one of my most popular posts, Delta Smacks United I speculated that American would kill AAdvantage immediately after the merger with US Air. I was wrong. When DOJ gives its blessing to the sacred union between US Air and American, nothing will matter anymore.”Continue Reading

How Far Can You Stretch Your AAdvantage Miles Value?

  I’ve been thinking about it lately, and I believe we don’t fully realize what an awesome program AAdvantage is. And let’s forget business and first class for a moment, shall we? I’ve been researching Galapagos for another blog I write for, and I’m still in awe how freakishly easy it is to get there on anContinue Reading

Free American Airlines Miles Promo Expires Tomorrow and More Freebies

If you haven’t gotten 1000 free American Airlines miles for watching 6 videos (hey, that’s at least free $20 for 2 minutes of your time), then get them now before the offer expires tomorrow, by 12PM CT. By the way, did I just say “watching”? Didn’t mean that. Just scroll each of these videos to theContinue Reading

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