I’ve never redeemed miles for an AAnytime award, but American did have the best value AAnytime award chart, charging only double miles to book an award without capacity controls. Personally I don’t care too much about the AAnytime award chart so I’m not too worked up over changes to it.
Effective for travel starting 06/01 this new award chart will go into place. The cheaper MileSAAver award rates remain unchanged but AAnytime award are split into at least 2 levels.
On some routes the AAnytime changes are minor. For example coach AAnytime within the US48 goes from being 25K each way to being either 20K or 30K each way. Business AAnytime within the US48 goes from being 50K each way to being either 45K or 55K each way. However First AAnytime within the US48 is hit hard, going from being 65K each way to being either 85K or 95K each way. First AAnytime is only for airplanes with 3 cabins like JFK to LAX and SFO, most domestic first class is sold as business.
For flights to Europe coach AAnytime goes from being 60K each way to being either 45K or 65K each way. The premium cabins are harder hit. Business AAnytime goes from being 100K each way to being either 110K or 135K each way. First AAnytime goes from being 125K each way to being either 140K or 175K each way.
Of course partner awards aren’t effected as those only have the MileSAAver level anyway, which remains unchanged.
Again, for anyone that normally redeems at the lowest levels, nothing will change here. I don’t think it’s fair to compare this change to Delta’s upcoming 5 tier award system. Delta rarely has availability in the lower tiers and I don’t trust that they ever will. American will continue to have peak and off-peak MileSAAver awards as they always have and I fully expect that American will continue to offer the same about of MileSAAver availability that they have in the past.