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Just a reminder for all you Dividend Miles members, US Airways has scheduled a minor award chart devaluation for Friday, August 1. For travel booked on or after August 1, the airline will be raising redemption levels for round-trip travel on medium and high awards between the continental U.S. and Canada, as well as first class awards on Oneworld and partner flights both within and between the continental U.S. and Canada on three-cabin aircraft. All award bookings through July 31 will continue to be honored.
These are the specific awards affected by these devaluations:
On US Airways round-trips between the continental U.S. and Canada, medium awards will require 50,000 miles, and peak awards (noted on the US Airways award chart as High – Level 1) will require 80,000 miles (up from 40,000 and 60,000, respectively). On the same routes, round-trip awards in first/business class will require 100,000 miles for medium and 130,000 miles for peak (up from 90,000 and 110,000, respectively).
On Oneworld and partner flights both within and between the continental U.S. and Canada, round-trip awards in first class on a three-cabin plane (such as the A321t) will require 65,000 miles (up from 50,000). Business class awards on these same routes will hold steady at 50,000 miles.
With these latest devaluations (and the merger with American Airlines still in process), it’s reasonable to expect that we could see fewer sAAver seats and more AAnytime or medium/high level award seats made available. I also feel it’s likely that we’ll see more devaluations before the year is through.
The one bright spot: in a welcome change of strategy amidst their merger with American (which earlier this year chose to spring similar devaluation news on its loyalty members at the last minute), US Airways first made this devaluation announcement almost two months ago. With any luck, other major airlines will follow suit and give their own loyal customers a heads up when making changes that could affect travel plans.
The moral of the story is that if your trip is likely to be affected by these US Airways devaluations, be sure to book this week!