Two years ago I wrote the Ultimate Guide to Booking Award Tickets Using American AAdvantage Miles. It’s basically still up to date, except for a subsequent award chart devaluation.
Tiffany writes a nice updated guide as well over at One Mile at a Time but there’s one piece that is worth clarifying and I didn’t point it out in my own guide two years ago but it can save you several hundred dollars.
Tiffany writes about cancelling award tickets and putting miles back in your account and says,
In order to redeposit an AAdvantage award ticket, American charges $150 for the first passenger, and $25 for each additional passenger on the same record locator.
In other words, if you need to redeposit an award ticket and have three people on the same record locator, you’d pay a total of $200 in cancellation fees, which is comparatively reasonable.
I always learn things from Tiffany’s posts. And I’d say that’s a good policy for a US airline, and an expensive policy compared to many foreign airline frequent flyer programs. However as I wrote back in March American’s cancel and redeposit policy is actually even better than this.
- It’s $150 for the first passenger and $25 each additional passenger at the same time as long as all the miles are being reinstated to the same account.
- So if you have 2 one way awards issued out of your account and cancel/redeposit both on the same call they should charge you just $175, not $300.
- If you and a travel companion are on 4 separate one way awards issued out of your account and you redeposit all on the same call they should charge you just $225… not $600… even though these are all separate reservations.
Not every agent knows this. In fact probably most don’t. But it’s the rule,
The reinstatement charge is $150 per account for the first award ticket. Additional award tickets reinstated to the same account at the same time will have a $25 charge per ticket
I’ve helped readers get overcharged cancellation fees refunded because of this rule as well.
Remember though that while you can cancel an AAdvantage award ticket online, that doesn’t put miles back in your account. To redeposit an award you have to call.