American Airlines should be close to introducing premium economy awards. They’ve retrofitted much of their widebody fleet of Boeing 777s, 787-9s, and now some 787-8s to offer a premium economy cabin. However they have not had an option to redeem premium economy seats for miles.
I expect to see premium economy awards introduced this month, at least that’s what’s been confirmed to me by two well-placed sources at American.
JonNYC is talking about this as well,
Rumor, unconfirmed, AA to introduce Premium Economy awards quite soon– like end-of-month soon.
Another 788 went in for PE add today, I believe, so it kinda "fits" as it were.
No idea on the exact details.
— JonNYC (@xJonNYC) January 11, 2019
Unlike United which introduced premium economy awards but has no premium economy award chart I expect that American will update its award charts to reflect the new option.
I believe that premium economy awards will be reasonably priced. Over time it wouldn’t surprise me though to see premium economy make it easier to increase the price of business class awards.
The outstanding questions, in my mind:
- Will American offer premium economy award redemption on partners when they make this new option available?
- What will upgrades look like? I don’t expect we’ll see any change to upgrades at this time, or upgrade awards for premium economy, but I could be proven mistaken. Here’s how United, Delta, and American currently handle premium economy upgrades.