AA Changes to Award Levels for Hawaii and Canada Are a Mixed Bag

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AA Makes Changes to Award levels for Canada and Hawaii

AA Makes Changes to Award levels for Canada and Hawaii

American Airlines is making a few changes to it’s award chart regions and pricing, for complete details and a comparison of the new award levels head over to the AA Updates Page. Effective for award travel booked on or after January 16, 2019, the following changes will apply:

  • The Canada region will become part of the Contiguous 48 U.S. states region award levels. In some cases, there will be no change and in others the mileage required for award travel will decrease
  • Mileage levels for travel to/from Hawaii in premium cabins will increase for most regions.

Canada Award Changes

AA’s decision to include Canada in the same region as the US will decrease a few award levels by 50%. It’s always nice to a savings rather than the constant stream of increases we seem to have suffered recently.

Hawaii Award Changes

If you look at the charts, the differences aren’t major and the increases in award costs originating from and traveling to Hawaii are minimal and limited to Business and First Awards. As far as I can tell, only MileSAAver awards are increasing with respect to Hawaii.


These aren’t the only changes American has made this year. Of course some have been good and others not so much for anyone trying to re-qualify for top tier Executive Platinum status. You can read all about the changes to Elite levels and a much welcome award addition. 

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  1. I don’t get it. It’s not like you can actually get awards to Hawaii (at least in premium cabins) on AA EVER at the saver level. For all intensive purposes they could be 1 mile or 1 million miles. I would still have the same luck redeeming them.

  2. Thanks for the info. Of limited use but may come in handy in the case of Vancouver, instead of Seattle or Toronto, instead of Buffalo, NY.


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