American Airlines Eliminates Close-in Booking Fees
American Airlines charges a $75 fee for award tickets or mileage upgrades within 21 days of departure. This fee didn’t affect everyone. It was waived for those with AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum status.
Now that seems to have changed, effective immediately. American Airlines has eliminated AAdvantage close-in booking fees altogether.
You can see this already when doing an award search online on the American Airlines website. Results for flights within 21 days will just show a charge of $5.60 for taxes and fees. here’s a quick search for flights tomorrow from JFK to LAX:
American Airlines has confirmed this change to TPG, saying that American Airlines is “always looking for ways to make AAdvantage award redemption easier for our customers, and this update offers more flexibility when booking award travel and requesting mileage upgrades.”
It’s strange that there was no official announcement for this new development, considering that it would be great news to many customers. But judging from what other major airlines have done, there might be some type of “catch” to make up for this enhancement.