We are now less than two weeks away from the March 22 American Airlines AAdvantage devaluation. While the rates for most routes are going up, the following is a list of five of the most popular AA awards that you definitely want to book before the devaluation (in no particular order):
1. First Class Awards to Europe
You could argue that business class is good enough for travel to Europe. While that is true, at only 62,500 miles, first class AA awards to Europe are among the best values around. On March 22, the rate for first class awards to Europe will jump to 85,000. That is an awful lot of miles for flights that are mostly under ten hours long.
2. First Class Awards to Asia 2
You can currently book a first class award to the Asia 2 Region (which includes Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar, among other popular destinations) for only 67,500 miles. In my opinion, this is currently the best use of AA miles you can make. Unfortunately, in twelve days a first class award to Asia 2 will require 110,000 miles. Ouch!
3. Business Class Awards to South Pacific
While it is not easy to find business class availability with AA and their partners to Australia and New Zealand (thanks in great part to routing restrictions that prohibit connections in Asia for these awards), award availability with non-alliance partners Air Tahiti Nui and Fiji Airways to French Polynesia and Fiji, respectively, is relatively easy to find. But, if you want to book a business class award to either of those two wonderful destinations (or any other South Pacific country) it is going to cost you an extra 17,500 miles each way to do so on March 22.
4. First Class Transcontinental Awards
AA’s A321 transcon first class is the best way to fly from coast to coast (although Adam might disagree). You can currently book such an award on a stand-alone basis for only 32,500 miles, which is a bargain considering that is only 7,500 more miles than business class. On March 22, the rate for this award goes up to a ridiculous 50,000 miles, making it arguably the worst value in the post-devaluation AA award chart.
5. First Class Awards to Middle East/Indian Subcontinent
If you want to experience Etihad’s First Class Apartments you better book it soon. With a post-devaluation rate of 115,000 miles (compared to 90,000 miles now), such a booking will be difficult to justify despite its extraordinary reputation.
These are far from the only awards that should be booked before the March 22 devaluation, but they are five popular awards for which everyone should definitely make an effort to complete a booking pre-devaluation if such a trip is in the plans.