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Really crazy and specific AA devaluation question
I have a crazy question for you regarding the devaluation. So believe it or not, we’ve been hoping to fly CX F using AA miles on March 21, 2017 from HKG back to Seattle (through YVR, LAX, or SFO).
What’s really interesting to me is that this is exactly a year after the devaluation kicks in. As a result, I won’t be able to book travel on this date before the rates change on March 21, 2016, since AA only books 330(?) days out. But, since the ticket will be valid for a year, will I be able to book something for an earlier date on March 21, 2016 and then hope that something comes available down the road for March 21, 2017? Since the miles were redeemed before the devaluation, will they honor the old rates for date changes within the 1-year validity of the ticket from issue date?
And just to be careful, will a ticket issued on March 21, 2016 be valid through March 21, 2017 or March 20, 2017? And, in either case, would the flight have to to depart or land before the cutoff date? (Not sure if this will matter in practice; I *think* traveling back from Asia to the States will have a same-day arrival due to the time difference, right?)
Wondering if we could at least theoretically pull off a redemption at the current levels and still travel on March 21, 2017. Thanks so much!