US Airways announced two minor award chart changes today. They are set to go into effect August 1.
- Both changes were to be expected.
- And they did it with nearly 3 months’ advance notice.
They are increasing medium and high-level US and Canada awards to match the prices American already announced back in April. I say this was expected because it’s the new price that was just announced on the ‘other side of the equation’ (American) only two months ago.
They’re also increasing the price of US domestic and Canada 3-cabin first class saver awards to match the prices American charges.
They actually posted this one prematurely a month ago, and then retracted it. No surprise there.
You can get lie flat business class on American’s A321 flights between New York and Los Angeles/San Francisco for 50,000 miles roundtrip.
And roundtrip first class on that aircraft costs the same 50,000 miles.
Effective August 1, first class awards go up to 65,000 miles. The 7500 mile increase each way is the same price American has charged for years.
If you want to fly Cathay Pacific’s first class between New York JFK and Vancouver, you should book it before August (for travel out as far as the schedule goes).
Otherwise you’ll have to pay an extra 15,000 miles roundtrip — or settle for business class at the domestic premium cabin 50,000 mile price.
There are a handful of other routes, like the Miami – Los Angeles flight served by a three class Boeing 777, where the same applies.
I do like that even these minor and expected changes do not go into effect until August 1.
Here’s the current US Airways medium and high pricing:
And here’s the announcement:
Program updates August 1, 2014
As we work toward aligning our two loyalty programs, we’re raising redemption levels for roundtrip travel on medium and high awards between the continental U.S. and Canada and for First Class awards on three-class service within and between the continental U.S. and Canada on oneworld® and partner flights. All award bookings through July 31, 2014 will continue to be honored.
On US Airways flights, roundtrip award travel between the continental U.S. and Canada will require 50,000 miles for medium and 80,000 miles for high-level 1. Roundtrip award travel in First/Business between the continental U.S. and Canada will require 100,000 miles for medium and 130,000 miles for high-level 1.
On oneworld and partner flights, roundtrip award travel within/between the continental U.S. and Canada, and First Class on a three-cabin aircraft will require 65,000 miles