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This year I’ve written the Complete Guide to Redeeming American Airlines miles. It is spread across 14 parts. The first five parts talk generally about the rules and partners of American Airlines awards, and the last nine parts explain the partners, routes, and award space situation when redeeming American Airlines miles to a specific region.

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Main Takeaways

If I could sum up the 14 parts in just a few ideas, I’d say:

  • Right now American Airlines awards are very cheap compared to United and Delta awards. United and Delta increased award prices in 2014, but American was too busy merging with US Airways. That merger is nearly finished, so expect an American Airlines devaluation soon.
  • American Airlines awards are particularly cheap in Business and First Class, and there are several partners with very luxurious premium cabins like Etihad, Malaysia, Cathay Pacific, and Japan Airlines. Try to book those soon. American Airlines is releasing almost no Business and First Class space on its own flights, so you really need to use partners.
  • Or go the other direction and book economy awards during off peak dates to Europe, South America, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean for huge discounts. Most of the off peak windows cover more than half the year, so there are great dates included.
  • Broadly speaking, American Airlines miles are better for East Asia, Middle East, South Asia, Latin America, Australia (economy only), and South Pacific Islands. American Airlines miles are worse for Europe, Australia (premium cabins), and Africa.
  • American Airlines miles have unique routing rules that you must understand.

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If you found this guide to redeeming the most valuable miles in the world to be useful and want to apply for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®, please use my link. The commission is what allowed me to dedicate the time to writing this series.


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