American Airlines Eliminates Award Booking and Redeposit Fees, Extends Miles Expiration

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American Airlines AAdvantage Changes

American Airlines has announced more positive changes to it AAdvantage® program. Members will have less fees to worry about and more times to use their miles. “Flexibility in travel has never mattered more to our AAdvantage members,” said Rick Elieson, President of the AAdvantage program. “Our goal is to make it as easy to travel as possible and give them a loyalty program that suits their needs in our ever-changing world.”

Award Booking Fees

American usually charges you a fee  of up to $40 when you book AAdvantage award tickets by phone. But, starting on Nov. 11, AAdvantage members will no longer pay a service fee when booking an award ticket through reservations.

Executive Platinum members didn’t have to pay these fees, but now all members will get the same privilege.

Redeposit Fees

When travel plans change and members need to cancel an eligible award ticket, you will no longer pay a reinstatement fee to get your miles back in to their AAdvantage account. If members cancel an award ticket on, miles can be instantly redeposited in most cases without having to pick up the phone.

These changes offer members even more flexibility to redeem and reuse their miles in a way most convenient for them, whether through, American’s mobile app or by calling reservations.

Again, this was already offered to Executive Platinum members, but others would have to pay $150 for the first passenger and $25 for any additional passengers.

Miles Expiration

With less travel, it is harder to keep AAdvantage accounts active and miles from expiring during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. American Airlines is helping make that easier, extending its pause on mileage expiration through June 30, 2021.

The AAdvantage program provides members several ways to maintain account activity through flights, hotels, car rentals and everyday activities such as shopping and dining.

As a reminder, the miles belonging to our youngest AAdvantage members, under the age of 21, do not expire.

Based in NYC. Points/miles enthusiast for years and actively writing about it for the last two years at Danny the Deal Guru. I'm always looking out for deals. Making a few bucks is always nice, but the traveling is by far the best part of this business.

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