What was your last Pre-Devaluation AA Award Booking?

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Devaluation day is here, unfortunately. The new rates are already in place. Numerous AA awards are more expensive today than they were yesterday, in many cases significantly.

I was one of many trying to put an AA award booking together for myself prior to the devaluation. Minutes after midnight I completed a booking I had on hold. This award was a business class one-way from Buenos Aires for three passengers. By booking just prior to the devaluation I saved a total of 22,500 miles. I would have preferred to put something more aspiring together or at least complete a booking for a route whose rate increase was more significant, but it just was not the right time for me for such a trip.

With that in mind, I am interested in hearing about what types of awards you strategically completed prior to the devaluation and how much you saved by doing so. Thanks in advance for your comments!

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  1. Booked and flew CX F from JFK-YVR for 32,500 miles earlier in the month. Saved myself 22,500 miles off the new 55,000 price.

  2. Booked two biz class tickets on AA metal back to IAD from CDG via ORD after a long Labor Day weekend in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Also tried to get some points back on a recent biz booking (3 tickets) to Costa Rica. Was told I would have to pay a re deposit fee and rebook at the lower price. AA is glad to take more miles but not give back….. Understandably I guess

  3. Was in a rush but booked 3 First class flights JFK NRT unfortunately all on American #Firstworldproblems as I couldnt find space this year for JAL 🙁 anyone think I may be able to swap or am I “stuck” on American

  4. 2 RT cathay pacific business class – nyc to manila for 220K . Got 10K back by using the AAdvantage CC…sweeeeet!!!

  5. Mine was in November/December of 2015. I flew to KUL and back from SIN. My TPAC legs were in F on CX and in J to/from KUL AND HKG. My flight to KUL had the international business class cabin, whereas my flight back go HKG from SIN was in a 777-300 with the regional business class which is basically a step up seat wise from Domestic F.

  6. Booked AA Y ZRH-JFK-SEA in Y for 20k for my daughter on a European trip… in 2013 for a 2014 trip.

    What? :p

  7. Booked BOS – MAD on IB in coach. 40k per person. Got 10k miles back for having Citi AA card. Taxes are a bit high – $181 for adults and $140 for lap infants.

  8. 1st Class. Cathey JFK-HKG-FRA. HOPE TO RETURN TO IAD via LH 1st on 747-8i
    2 nights @Intercontinental HK using Ambassador 2 4 1 weekend cert.
    Then return on my B-Day which will last 33 hours

    1st Class Japan ORD-NRT HDN-LHR return to IAD on BA 1st
    2 nights at Tokyo Conrad on free nights from CC.
    2 nights at Intercontinental Park Lane on free nights from CC

  9. I passed. I was close to booking a pair of business class tickets MCI-Europe but passed. We really wanted to book a trip to Israel but want to go next Summer’ish. After I learned that I most likely wouldn’t be able to move the dates past a year out 3-21-17 I passed. I figured that we’ll only lose 10k miles on a pair of tickets in business to TLV. I also hope that award availability opens up more for better routes than I was seeing in the last days.

  10. 2 Etihad First apt tickets on my 5th wedding anniversary in Nov JFK-AUH-BOM. Then another 2 JAL F Class tickets from CGK-NRT-JFK in December 😀

  11. I booked a Cathay Pacific JFK-HKG-MNL for February 2017. More than likely will use it much earlier this spring or fall on a last minute trip and figure out something with Lifemiles or Aeroplan on the way home.

  12. LHR-AUH in Apartment this May. AUH-JFK Apartment in October. Roundtrip LAX-HKG First on Cathay at year end. 2 Etihad Business class flights between AUH-BKK. My account is wiped out now.

  13. CLT-JFK-ABU-MLE Etihad first class apartment on the jfk-abu segment. Business class on a380 for return. Traveling next Jan. Park Hyatt on points for stay. So excited.

  14. AUH-LHR-PRG in BA F/J
    DXB-KUL R/T in RJ J
    DXD-LHR-NCE in QF F & BA J

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