Bloggers spend a lot of time sharing complex tricks with readers such as fuel dumping, free one-ways, and manufactured spend. But if you are like me, not everything you read clicks right away. Sure, I can usually recite the trick back but can I really put it into practice? The best way to confirm your understanding is by testing your knowledge. So let’s give it a try. In this week’s piece, Points, Miles and Martinis asks, how well do you understand the American Airlines award rules? (Don’t cheat and look in the comments)
Let’s say you are feeling the Aloha spirit and are looking at flights to and from Hawaii in April. The AA award chart clearly states a one way award will cost you 22,500 in Hawaii’s peak season.
In looking at your full year’s travel strategy, you also decide you’d like to check out Europe this summer and hone in on Berlin, my personal favorite city in Europe, of course. The award chart reveals your one way award will cost you 30,000 AA miles since this is Europe’s peak season after all.
Straightforward pricing. You decide to price both flights together online to pay your additive total at once (Hopefully you have more AA miles at this point than my 331 total). The award price comes out to…..
Huh?! Wait. What just happened? This is less than the 22,500 AA was asking for the one way flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles.
How well do you understand the American Airlines award rules?