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AA award flights require forced connections

AA award flights require forced connections

  1. WishMaker

    Hello Ben, team:

    Hope all is well by you.

    In the past year or two, AA introduced a forced connection rule to redeem award flights at a normal mileage level, so it was impossible to get a direct flight MIA – LAX for example, unless you were willing to pay an astronomic amount of extra miles for it for the direct flight ‘privilege’ even if the flight was empty.

    Now with new leadership in AA and with COVID that promotes using direct flights, do you know if this forced connection rule will be reverted or dropped ?

    After all, I am sure that an award passenger costs more to AA if he/she uses 2 flights versus only one flight.

    This could be a topic for one of your articles / posts

    Thank you.

  2. rickyw

    Hey WishMaker, AA definitely had some odd logic, to say the least, on award routings in the past. But, have you tried searching for flights recently? I don’t think the logic of forced connections is near as widespread or common as it was.

    For instance, on a holiday weekend in January (MLK), AA is only charging 20,000 points for a direct flight LAX to MIA on the 777 with lie-flat seats. Doesn’t get much more competitive than that, in my opinion!

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