1. On the USAirways side of the airline they have updated their partner award chart by raising the business class award from the US to North Asia from 90K to 110K round-trip. This was a real redemption sweet spot, especially since joining Oneworld with that rate working for Cathay Pacific. Bizarrely though, first class remains a real bargain, unchanged at just 120K. Even more bizarrely other awards like Caribbean/Mexico/Central America to South Asia remain at 90K in business class.
Their High level award has also been split into 2 levels for travel starting in June. This I could care less about.
2. American has eliminated their aspirational OneWorld Explorer/Round-The-World award.
I was able to take a 16 flight segment first class round-the-world tour back in 2010 off of their awesome, yet underutilized Explorer award chart.
And now it’s gone. Completely unannounced. At least United (which does still offer a round-the-world award) had the courtesy of letting us know several months ahead of their devaluation. This is just wrong. #AAdvantageMAAsacre