Yesterday I wrote that American AAdvantage was having problems booking first class awards on Etihad.
This was concerning because:
- Etihad is devaluing its own program July 8 including increased points cost for first class awards.
- In the past when there have been IT glitches between American and Etihad it hasn’t affected just one class of service.
One could imagine this being more than just a glitch because Etihad first class awards are such a darned great value use of American miles (even though American’s award chart for the ‘Middle East and Indian Subcontinent’ isn’t cheap – a first class award such as Los Angeles or New York JFK to Abu Dhabi to Delhi is 90,000 miles each way) and because the trend in frequent flyer programs generally (although not yet with AAdvantage) has been rather downward, especially for premium cabin redemptions.
And Cathay Pacific – my other favorite use of American miles – has been talking about restricting the award inventory available to partner airlines.
However this really did appear to be a glitch and one that got resolved quickly because you can again book Etihad first class awards with AAdvantage miles.
In fact, I just put an Abu Dhabi – Washington Dulles flight on hold this morning. (I’ve since cancelled the itinerary.)