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2 Interesting AA Awards To Book Before The Devaluation

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Written by Charlie

The AA devaluation is almost here! Many people are trying to secure as much value as possible and these awards might help you with that.

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While much of the focus of awards to book before the AA devaluation is on the premium awards, there are some economy gems that should be considered as well. Here are two of those that you may want to think about booking before the devaluation.

2 Interesting AA Awards To Book Before The Devaluation

When you mention getting great value from airline miles, most people will assume you are speaking of redeeming for business or first class tickets. But, there are many ways that booking economy can also bring you some incredible value, especially when it comes to stretching your miles. These awards definitely fit under that heading.

Hawaii <-> Europe Off-Peak

Airlines like United charge 22,500 miles for a one way award to/from Hawaii and the mainland US. American Airlines bests that amount and does it in remarkable fashion.

Only 20,000 Miles For One Way Between Hawaii & Europe!

The off-peak price for Hawaii and the mainland sits at only 17,500 miles one way. That by itself is pretty good. But, you can do even better by paying only 2,500 more miles for a one way and fly to/from Hawaii and Europe for only 20,000 miles in coach! That is the same price as it is to fly from the mainland US to Europe and AA gives us Hawaii in that same amount!

Hawaii’s off-peak range is pretty generous – January 12 – March 13, August 22 – December 15. That encompasses a lot of time and even school vacation time if you wanted to make such a journey for the family!

These awards are simple to book online and price out right at the 20,000 miles each way. If you avoid British Airways and London, you can keep the taxes/fees pretty low. On the itinerary below, it is just the normal amount you would pay for flights departing the US with 2 segments – $11.20.

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Making It Work

Now, for someone on the mainland, you may wonder how and why you would ever use this. Well, for starters, it would make a nice end cap for a honeymoon or anniversary trip!

It could also be a great award for anyone wanting to maximize their miles and really wanting to get around. To be able to fly from Europe to Hawaii before returning to the mainland (or vice versa) would make a great little adventure. Yes, it is coach, but it is still less flying than if you were to travel from the eastern US to Australia! Plus, some of the connections force you to take an overnight in the US which would help to break it up and even give you more time for an additional city in the trip.

After The Devaluation

After the devaluation, this gem of an award disappears completely. Instead of costing only 20,000 miles one way, it goes up to 40,000 miles one way as there is no off-peak option for it anymore. That is a 100% increase over what you could get now. If you want to really maximize your miles on a fun trip like this, better get booking!

Hawaii <-> South America 1/Central America

Again, this is a route that most mainland US residents would wonder “who is going to fly this?” But, it again points to the value that can be had by putting a couple of trips right on top of each other.

Only 15,000 Miles Between Hawaii & Central/South America 1!

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Amazingly enough, while an off-peak Hawaii to the mainland ticket is 17,500 miles one way, Hawaii to South America (transiting through the mainland) is only 15,000 miles one way. That means if you wanted to get off the plane on the mainland and not continue on (providing your connecting airport was your home airport), you could actually save 2,500 miles! I am not suggesting you do that but highlighting the value that can be had by simply continuing your trip to South Region 1(or Central) America from Hawaii.

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Only 15,000 miles for travel from Honolulu to Lima, Peru!

After The Devaluation

Again, after the devaluation, the off-peak options for Hawaii are gone. Hawaii to Central America goes up to 25,000 miles year round for one way travel and travel to South America Region 1 goes up to 30,000 miles. Definitely an award you will want to book before the devaluation if you want to get it!

Summary

Of course, this is only saving a few thousand miles if you have to use miles to get to Hawaii to start all of these trips (because the off-peak calendar from the mainland to Europe and Central/South America is also low). But, if you can use a different mileage program to get to Hawaii (if you live on the West Coast and use British Airways Avios) or pay for a cheap revenue ticket (they pop up from time-to-time), you could really stretch the value of your miles! You must do it before March 22, though!

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About the author

Charlie

Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

8 Comments

  • Don’t really see the value to either of these, since you can’t do a stop-over enroute… Hawaii to Central America would be interesting if there was a way to collect bags in the mainland and skip the last segment.

    • It would certainly be more of a value if you are starting in either location to begin with. That is why I referenced the cheap revenue tickets to begin. You are definitely right, though, the old AA stopovers would really have given this more value!

  • Please fix your site layout for mobile – it’s really bad, no automatic adjustment, very hard to read. Sometimes I just skip over good content because I don’t wanna deal with your not so friendly site.

    • Wow, sorry about that. I will let the tech team know. So I know what to tell them, would you mind telling me what device and OS you are using? It would help to determine the issue. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Sorry if I came off as rude. I meant to let you know about this months ago …

    I’m using an iPhone 5S, so iOS. Hope the tech guys can do something about it.

    • Not at all! I appreciate the help! It was adjusted last year for mobile optimization so something must be messing it up now. They are working on a new theme but hopefully they can fix this in the meantime. Thanks again!

      • K, I read this site on my iphone as well and if you are looking at it through Safari, there is the reader view available on the upper left hand side, it’s a series of 4 horizontal lines. It makes the site view perfectly.

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