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Act Quick: Wide Open American Award Availability on Its New Routes

Aug. 20, 2017
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Act Quick: Wide Open American Award Availability on Its New Routes
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American Airlines isn't known for offering flyers much sAAver award availability. Instead, flyers are left with having to purchase some of the carrier's AAnytime awards, which are almost double what’s required for those at the lower level. Finding sAAver level awards has become almost like finding unicorns — if you find it, you should jump at it. Now, we’re seeing wide open sAAver award space on AA’s new routes.

Just this past week, American announced that it’s going to be launching new seasonal routes to two European cities from Philadelphia (PHL) — Budapest (BUD) and Prague (PRG) — as well as to Venice (VCE) from Chicago (ORD). As View From the Wing reports, the award calendars are now open for the new routes, which are scheduled to operate between May 4 and October 27, 2018.

This represents a great opportunity to book these new routes at a discounted level — something that surely won’t last long. Here are some examples at what you can book:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Budapest (BUD) in April/May:

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Philadelphia (PHL) to Prague (PRG) in June/July:

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Chicago (ORD) to Venice (VCE) in May/June:

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The examples above have each been for one traveler. But, we're seeing that these awards are so open that you can find sAAver level awards for multiple travelers. For example, this is what you get when you search for four travelers between PHL and BUD in April/May:

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While business class will cost you 57,500 AA miles + taxes and fees each way, economy will run you 30,000 miles. We're seeing the same kind of open availability at the sAAver level for economy during the same period as well.

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For example, Philadelphia (PHL) to Prague (PRG) in May/June:

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This award space likely isn't going to remain this wide open for long. If you've been considering a trip to Europe, these awards are a great way to get you there. BUD, PRG and VCE are great gateways to a further European vacation, so act quick if you want to jump on these prime summer dates.

If you want to accrue more American miles, you can earn 60,000 bonus miles if you sign up for the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard. Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in the first three months of account opening. You can also earn 50,000 bonus miles after signing up for the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard and spending $5,000 in the same amount of time. The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023