Upgrades on American Airlines, The Rules

Includes upgrades with miles.



The Best Place to Search for American Airlines Award Seats is Not AA.com

Surprisingly, the best free place to search for American Airlines award space is often the British Air website.

At BA.com you can find availability on American, airberlin, Finnair, Iberia and others…a total of 14 airlines that can be booked with your AAdvantage miles.


American Airlines Frequent Flyer Card, photo courtest of cote / Flickr

Airlines Letting Passengers Cancel Flights to Zika Virus Areas

As the Zika virus spreads from South America into Caribbean island nations (including the U.S. Virgin Islands), airlines have begun letting passengers cancel flights without penalty.

If you or your partner are or could be pregnant, call the airline to learn if you can cancel for a full refund. The airlines are changing their policies on this daily, so Hang Up / Call Again (“HUCA”) tomorrow if you do not get a good answer today.

You can see a map from the Center for Disease Control showing areas of the United States where Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika virus are found.

Nations where the Zika virus have been found, according to the CDC:
Cape Verde
El Salvador
French Guiana
Puerto Rico
S. Martin

Mosquito, Photo by edans / Flickr

A Recap of the Upcoming American Airlines Award-Chart Devaluation

As a reminder, some awards for American Airlines are going to be much more costly as of March 22, 2016. This is particularly true of First Class and Business Class awards.

You can book travel (up to 331 days into the future) now under the old, more favorable, award chart.

See the charts at http://www.milevalue.com/massive-devaaluation-of-american-airlines-chart-march-22-2016/ for the bad news.

Photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles are Great for Travel to South Asia & the Middle East

American Airlines has some great partners that serve the Middle East and India, including Etihad Airways, Jet Airways and Qatar Airways. You can use AAdvantage miles to fly on the partner airlines, with aircraft and service often superior to American itself.

You must route either non-stop from North America to destination, or through Europe…trans-Pacific flights to these destinations are not bookable with AAdvantage miles.


To visit the Taj Mahal, most people fly to New Delhi

Burj Khalifa at Sunset

Photos by Pat McDonald and Paolo Rosa

Avoiding The Upcoming AAdvantage Devaluation

“…My favorite redemption with AA miles is first class from the United States to Asia. Currently, these awards price from 62,500 to 67,5000 miles one-way depending on your destination within Asia — come March 22, 2016, the price of these same seats raise to either 80,000 or 110,000 miles!

Read more at: Only 69 Days Until the American Airlines Devaluation — Here’s What You Need to Do NOW | Frugal Travel Guy…”

You can book tickets now under the old award chart, for travel up to February 2017.