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.
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?