For the past year or so, American has had 2 award search options.
The advanced search page gave access to their easy to use legacy award calendar. The legacy calendar is excellent for finding dates with Saver award space on both partner airlines and American. When you found saver award space on American you could plug those dates into another booking like, like BA.com, to know which dates you could use Avios for AA flights. And you could easily find award space on partner airlines that any OneWorld airline could book:
And you also had the option to the AA.com home page award search, which gave access to the new award search which has more options for web special dynamic pricing:
Alas, American confirmed today that they killed off their legacy award search calendar:
.@AmericanAir confirms to me that it has killed off the legacy award booking tool: "To create a more consistent experience for customers using https://t.co/Fi4OJk2nHR, we’ve updated how flight results display when using the Advanced Search function or Award Map." pic.twitter.com/ETiKGiJkVC
— JT Genter (@JTGenter) May 19, 2020
That’s a shame and it will make finding saver awards so much harder. I wish they had just added premium economy and premium cabin web special pricing to the old calendar, but they stopped developing the old calendar, and now we’re left with the hot mess of a new award calendar.
There is still one hack left though.
You can click on multi city on the advanced search page and it will take you to the glorious legacy calendar!
Enjoy it while it lasts as airlines do seem to take pride in making things as hard as possible on their customers.
Do you prefer using the AA legacy award search or the new AA award search?