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American Airlines Introduces 5k Web Only Awards

American Airlines Introduces 5k Web Only Awards

This week American Airlines added a new award ticket redemption option called “Economy Web Special” that is even cheaper than the Economy MilesAAver option. I can’t imagine many people are too excited about this because of the limited route options. The web special option doesn’t appear to have a set price but starts at only 5K miles and is currently only available on very select routes. I found it interesting that the option is available even on days with no SAAver availability for a reduced price. You can see an example of this from the pictures below.

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According to JT Genter at TPG the program is being launched on just six routes:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) — Wichita (ICT)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) — Corpus Christi (CRP)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) — Brownsville South Padre Island (BRO)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) — McAllen (MFE)
  • Phoenix (PHX) — Long Beach (LGB)
  • Charlotte (CLT) — Orlando-Melbourne (MLB)

Note that all of these routes are under 500 miles so the SAAver Mileage required to book these tickets would be 7.5K.

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Economy Web Special Awards Terms

  • Economy Web Special awards are available exclusively on aa.com and may be offered on select flights and dates for fewer miles than either the MileSAAver or AAnytime award level.
  • Travel is in the Main Cabin, and mileage levels vary by date and flight.
  • Tickets that include an Economy Web Special award don’t allow changes and there is a $150 fee to cancel and reinstate your miles. The fee is waived only for AAdvantage Executive Platinum members.

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Conclusion

American is my preferred airline thanks to elite status but I don’t think this is anything great. I could change my mind if more routes were added. If you’re able to save a few thousand miles on one of these routes, great.


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7 COMMENTS

  1. @ Brittany — This is clearly to compete with Delta’s awards that price under 12.5k one-way. It is better than nothing, but is a bad sign of things to come, like HIGHER variable award pricing.

  2. Who says that American doesn’t have a sense of humor? Presenting these as being worth anything to more than a very few fliers proves otherwise.

  3. Just because these routes don’t make sense for some doesn’t make them bad. I live between KC (MCI) and Wichita (ICT). Being able to redeem 5k mile to DFW doesn’t seem that bad and when you can add a beach destination like Padre Island that’s decent. PHX-LGB is a good cruise ship route I’d think. It’s not for everyone but since AA won’t let me book premium awards to Europe very easy it’s better than nothing 🙂 Who needs the French Rivera I can go to Corpus Christi instead.

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