Final Day To Book American AAdvantage Awards With Free Date Changes And Cancellations!

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Back in April, American changed the definition of what constitutes an award change.

American has always allowed free date changes on awards, except for web specials. Now they will consider date changes to be like all other changes, except for changes to a higher cabin on the same flights which will remain free.

If you book an award today, all date changes and cancellations, including redepositing awards, will be free. That includes partner awards and web special awards.

Plus, this hack to view the legacy award calendar is still working.

Starting tomorrow, this is what all changes and cancellations will cost if you’re traveling after 9/30/20.

You’ll still be able to book awards after today and make free changes and cancellations for travel through 9/30/20.

 

The good news is that cancellations made 60+ days in advance will be free.

The bad news is that aside from the loss of free date changes, there will no longer be a discount if you redeposit multiple awards at the same time. Previously it cost $150 to redeposit an award but just $25 to redeposit additional awards, but now you’ll pay the full fee on each ticket. These changes are terrible news for families traveling together on awards tickets as it will now be much more expensive to redeposit awards within 60 days of departure.

More bad news is that while routing changes were previously free, which meant you could switch to a nonstop flight if one opened for mileage availability, that will be now cost extra within 60 days of departure.

Will you book any AA awards today?

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WhiteSocks

Are these fees waived when you have a frequent traveler status with American/OneWorld?

Erik

Are web specials still cancellable for free starting July 1 (assuming it’s 60 days prior)?

BA

direct awards to TLV from USA available? what airport? is it HOU?

BG

Are web special award booked today refundable at all?

Ryan

Does this apply to booking using miles earned from AA card with a free companion pass?

mendel

Dan, How comes there’s no post about the EU ban on US citizens?

mendel

there was no ban officially on us citizens, like there’s been today! Belgium, Netherlands and a lot of others were letting US citizens in, same with transit, from today they can’t! 27 passengers were denied boarding a KLM flight yesterday in JFK, even they only flew in transit

Avi

So if they aren’t refundable, what happens if I cancel? I would like to book tickets for October if they are cancelable in that I get my miles and money back. Will I?

Sam

Dan, I booked web special awards back in March for travel in aug 2020.. can I still cancel for no fee closer to departure date?

yossi

just a note
it appears from their website that you can change or cancel the award ticket for free but you cannot change and then cancel

allen

Hi Dan, two questions.
1. I booked a web special trip to LAS around Christmas, back in March. will I be able to cancel them for free?
2. i am thinking to extend that trip, but do not want to cancel the existing tickets for now. If I book separate tickets today, can the new tickets be cancelled for free?

thanks.

Michael

Dan, do these rules apply to international flights as well?

vic

off peak to europe. will there be an increase from the 22.5k to 30k if i move it into the peak dates?

BrooklynDan

I don’t see on the award travel page of aa.com any mention of free changes and cancellations for travel through 9/30/20, if booked after June 30. AA appears to be charging for cancelling any flight booked after 6/30, unless more than 60 days out.

David E

Is it too late to book and cancel a trip just to extend mile expiration (no fees & still getting my miles back)?

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