Delta has not had an award chart in a while. Then, just recently, United Airlines followed suit, as they announced that they will get rid of award charts as well. Now it looks like American Airlines is the next one in line to switch to dynamic pricing and likely drop award charts. The news comes from JonNYC on Twitter. There’s really no more information besides that, so we do not know when this might be coming. This was not completely unexpected, as American Airlines was the last one left out of the Big 3 that didn’t have dynamic pricing.
Airlines often try to spin these changes as positive, such as more award space, but dynamic pricing and lack of award charts rarely results in good news. Not knowing how many miles you need for a flight, makes it difficult to plan ahead. You might think you have enough AAdvantage miles, but then price jumps up and you need to find a way to get more miles.
Again there’s no timetable yet as to when we might expect these changes, but would be best not to sit on many AA miles for long.
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