August 3, 2017
AA Limiting Number of Flight Segments Per Award Ticket
Airlines love devaluing their award charts these days. American introduced another minor devaluation to its AAdvantage frequent flyer program this morning. Passengers will now only be able to book a maximum of three flight segments on a one-way award ticket within the US and Canada. Alternatively, passengers will be limited to a maximum of four flight segments on an international one-way award ticket. If you need more than the three or four flights per award ticket to get to your destination, you’ll have to book a separate award ticket (which will of course cost you more miles).
Practically speaking, this will likely have zero impact on my travel routing. In most cases, I want to get to my destination as directly as possible. It’s likely very rare to see someone need to take more than three flights to get to their destination in North America or more than four flights to get to an international destination.
All that said, it’s a bummer that American is deciding to introduce yet another restriction on its rewards program. Some flyers could certainly need a lot of connections to get where they want to go. This is likely to be the case if you live in a remote town and your final destination is also in a remote town.