Yesterday I wrote about a really cool new AAdvantage Award map that was just released by American.  Well this afternoon American posted a video to YouTube that gives you a demo of how it works.

 

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It was officially announced today and it turns out that it’s the result of an interesting project to recruit technology talent at American. From the press release:

“Award Map is specifically designed with our customers in mind to help make booking flights with miles easier than ever,” said Suzanne Rubin, President – AAdvantage Loyalty Program. “The intuitive layout and simple navigation of Award Map offers customers a robust, easy-to-use tool that makes searching for and booking award tickets much more convenient.”

American is committed to technology innovation, and Award Map is a direct product of the American Airlines Development Program for Technology (ADEPT) initiative – a college recruiting program created to develop a technical talent pipeline for Information Technology. More information can be found at www.aa.com/ADEPT.

Of course, rather than watching the video, it’s more fun to just go play with the award map at www.aa.com/awardmap!

  • John said,

    I know you’re an AA fanboy (or most likely an aa employee) and the tool seems like a good idea but out of the 5-6 searches I did they all had phantom awards in the map tool that could not be booked. Until (unless) this is fixed the tool is worthless. Until you/AA fix this you should probably stop plugging it.

  • Alison Groves said,

    They’ve still neglected the most important thing I think, and that’s displaying how much in taxes you’ll pay as you are selecting flights. Miles + $700 in sticker shock is an extreme waste of time. I agree that it was nice and easy to use, but I don’t care how easy something is to use if I can’t see how much it is going to cost me. And that’s the ultimate in usability.

  • Mikey said,

    Too bad it only seems to work in usa, not worldwide.

  • Michael said,

    Yes I also noticed that it tended to only show higher award levels…another move by AA to force us into using many more miles.

    I found on a few trips international trips that 20K award was gone and had to use $60K. So I bought a ticket. The flight was only 40% full! Does this make sense? I think AA would have been better off burning my 20K miles than what they got for my ticket.

    Wait until Fall and we will really see fireworks!

  • David said,

    sorry this is a bit off topic here. appreciate it if you can help with some info. I am looking for a TPE-AUS one way on aa.com & found a JL-SQ-AA deeply discounted ($3200 for J). is there anything we need to watch out for? I mean i know no miles will be earned, can we select our seats? has anyone did this before? thanks!

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