Effective immediately you can now book one-way awards on American Airlines for half of the round-trip mileage required!
AA is the first major US based carrier to allow for one-way awards.
Besides for the obvious benefit of being able to book a one-way flight when you only need to travel one-way, there are even benefits from this new policy if you are traveling round-trip.
Previously if you were flying JFK-LAX and there was a 25K MileSAAver on the outbound, but only a 50K AAnytime on the return, the ticket would cost 50K. With the new one-way ticket pricing that trip would only be 37.5K. Or you could just book the outbound for 12.5K and keep checking for a 12.5K return flight to open up.
Additionally AA has a number of off-peak awards to international destinations. Previously if your trip spanned from off-peak into peak pricing the entire trip was priced at peak. Now you will be able to mix peak and off-peak pricing.
The only casualty of this new policy is the loss of a free stopover in an international city, which will now be priced as an additional one-way flight. Seems like a very worthwhile trade-off in my book though…
Between this very customer friendly policy change, the counting of all AA miles towards lifetime elite status, and the ongoing amazing availbility of AA awards at MileSAAver rates, AAdvantage miles are by far the most valuable domestic mileage currency today.