While American Airlines has not formally announced a devaluation of its award chart, the consensus is it is only a matter of when, not if. Tonight, AA.com is either acting up or gives us a preview of what a new AAnytime award chart might look like: variable pricing.
I was searching for London – Los Angeles flights for a client and noticed that prices for AAnytime awards (last seat availability) now fluctuate based on the date. AA had been the holdout among legacies, charging only twice as much for AAnytime seats as saver awards, while Delta, United, and US Airways charged a much higher premium. It comes as no surprise AA would change this practice, but a bit odd that this change was not announced and the current AA award chart still shows 100K for a USA – Europe one-way premium AAnytime award.
In searching AA.com, prices now fluctuate between 100K and 135K for AAnytime business, 125K and 175K for AAnytime first, and 45K-65K for AAnytime economy.
Saver prices appear unchanged for now:
If this is an award chart change and not just some sort of glitch, you would be well-advised to book upcoming planned travel using your US Airways or American miles sooner rather than later. Providing no notice is not at all consumer friendly.