American’s award chart for flying its own aircraft (as opposed to oneworld and other partners) includes discounted, off-peak economy awards.
Reduced mileage awards are also available to:
- Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela at 15,000 miles each way (instead of 17,500)
- Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay at 20,000 miles each way (instead of 30,000)
- Europe at 20,000 miles each way (instead of 30,000)
- Japan, Korea at 25,000 miles each way (instead of 32,500)
Starting today, it seems, US Airways flights can be included and priced at off-peak pricing on the AA.com website.
Here are the dates eligible for this discount for each region:
Of course US Airways does not fly to Asia and their South/Central America destinations are limited compared to American’s route network.
Let’s look at Charlotte – Mexico City, starting September 7 economy awards price at 12,500 miles one-way.
US Airways flights are eligible for this redemption either as non-stop…
..or in combination with American flights.
This means there are more flight options for taking advantage of the discounted redemptions — both non-stop and connecting. The merger – and treatment of US Airways and American as one airline for mileage purposes – marches on. This is, of course, a necessary precondition for having just a single frequent flyer program. With only AAdvantage as a remaining program, it needs to treat US Airways as part of the same, single airline.