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AA award miles redemption NEVER AVAILABLE ON AA
I am having a lot of trouble redeeming AA award miles on American itself. It seems that if one want to redeem award tickets to Europe, only British saver awards are available with a hugh fuel surcharge. No AA saver awards are available, even if you book 330 days in advance. Do you know what is the problem?
It seems to be somewhat cyclical. Here’s Lucky’s post from November of last year about that topic:
Then, in January a bunch of space opened up:
So if you can let things ride, you might luck out…but no guarantees, sadly.
Don’t forget to check for seats on Iberia. It can’t be booked via the AA website but the fuel surcharges are generally less than on BA. You can use the BA website to see availability.
I saw tons of London space last week for May, seemed to drop off in June but that’s to be expected seeing its summer vacation travel. Sometimes you need to be creative and try from other AA hubs. For example I had nothing on the day I wanted to go to ORD-LHR. But I found a MIA-LHR and then found a ORD-MIA connection. So try all the cities they fly to London from first, MIA,PHL,JFK,ORD,DFW,LAX. Then find a connection. Call if you have to book it, they didn’t charge me. Hope this helps
There is a way to decrease those fuel surcharges considerably when you book your award flights on AA. In the last few years, every time I get a business saver award ticket for my wife to a European city connecting in London and taking a BA flight from there to her destination, I always look for availabilities on AA (and NOT BA) metal [U]ACROSS the Atlantic[/U], because that reduces the taxes significantly. Even including the 2 connecting flights we need to take to get home from JFK, the taxes are much cheaper if the transatlantic flight is on AA and not BA. We have tickets for the next few months with $145 total taxes and fees (BUD-BNA, one way). As you know, taxes are always higher from Europe to the US than the other way round.