I’ve given American AAdvantage a hard time about award availability on American Airlines flights, and deservedly so. At one point things were so bad that the short distance Austin – Dallas had only six days during the year with a single flight offering a saver award, despite over 10 flights a day usually costing just $49.
However they’ve also been releasing a decent amount of space over the past week and a half or so. That seems to be the pattern — award space dries up, then there’s a bit of space briefly, before drying up again.
I’d love to see that pattern change. In the meantime there’s all of a sudden pretty good domestic award space, on the whole getting much better starting in August (though some earlier in the year as well).
If you need domestic award space for later in the year, need to book a partner award and don’t live in an international gateway city, or need to add a segment to an award you’ve already booked this is a good time to do it with American miles.
This is especially true for flights starting in August and in premium cabins.
Here’s Washington Dulles – Los Angeles for 2 passengers in first class:
And take a look at Chicago – Philadelphia, useful for instance if you were connecting to a Qatar Airways business class award to Doha on the Airbus A350.
This great award space doesn’t really apply to the New York – West Coast premium transcon flights, however there are pockets of availability — more than had been available earlier I think.
Here’s New York JFK – Los Angeles for two passengers in business class.
And here’s New York JFK – San Francisco for the same.
Like New York – Los Angeles and San Francisco, Miami – Los Angeles is a premium route and has opened up in economy.
And here’s Los Angeles – Dallas in economy for 2.
I’d certainly hope that this is the new normal, but I definitely would not count on it.