New American AAdvantage Dynamic Air Awards for Elites
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(Posted: Aug 2, 2011)
American AAdvantage has introduced new Dynamic Air awards for elite members only. Unlike standard flight awards, Dynamic Air awards will vary according to the fare.
With Dynamic Air awards, elite members can book any coach class seat for travel within the mainland U.S. for as few as 10,000 miles one way and the maximum mileage amount is 25,000 miles one way, the equivalent of a domestic AAnytime Award.
These awards cannot be changed but they are refundable for a $150 reinstatement fee (waived for Executive Platinum members). There are no blackout dates or inventory restrictions on Dynamic Air awards and they can be booked online at http://www.AA.com/DynamicAirAwards. And they will not be subject to the 21-day close-in ticketing fee.
Dynamic Air awards are available in addition to MileSAAver and AAnytime awards so elite members now have more flexibility when redeeming for flights within the U.S.
If you can't find a MileSAAver award for 25,000 miles roundtrip, this new option could save you some miles when booking domestic coach awards, especially when you are needing to book a ticket at the last minute.
American Airlines is the first legacy airline to introduce awards that fluctuate according to fares. Southwest Airlines, Virgin America and JetBlue all have award charts based on dynamic pricing, but until now, offering awards that fluctuate in tandem with fares hasn't caught on with the legacy airlines.
posted: Aug 2, 2011 at 9:49pm (MT)
I just took this new site for a test drive in order to compare the results to the regular mileage requirements. For some reason, in each case the new Dynamic site quoted me a higher mileage requirement of the base mileage. In one example, I plugged in Miami to Seattle and the Dymanic site required 30,000 miles versus 25,000 from the existing, AA.com site.
posted: Aug 2, 2011 at 11:14pm (MT)
I just got off the phone from talking with Award Reservations at AA. I priced a trip from Tucson to Boston in October. There were Saver awards available for the dates I wished to fly at 12,500 miles each way; Dynamic Air Awards at 30,000 miles RT + $10; and AAnytime Awards available at 25,000 miles each way (50,000 total). The Dynamic Air Award is intended, I think, to be an "in-between" award, i.e., between Saver and AAnytime. The hassle is that you have to look at award reservations on one AA site, and Dynamic Air Awards on another. The two awards reservation system should be incorporated into the same site for AA's elite members.
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