AA Caps the Number of Segments You Can Fly per Award
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
It’s been a while since there’s been a significant change to American Airlines’ AAdvantage mileage program. So, we were anxious to see new changes loaded to the AAdvantage award chart website Thursday morning. Turns out, it’s not a massive change — but still one that might limit travelers’ upcoming award redemptions.
Effective immediately, AA has capped the number of segments that you can fly on a one-way award booking. For domestic award flights, you’re limited to just three flights. For international awards, you can only book four segments to reach your destination. If your award booking requires more flights, you’ll have to split the booking into two different awards.
An airline spokesperson explained that this shouldn’t have much of an impact. AAdvantage redemptions already required that you take the most-direct routing available — even before these changes you weren’t able to book circuitous awards to get more out of your business or first-class award. These new changes “are in line with [AA’s] most direct routing rule and allows [it] to better support [its] partner airlines.”
For domestic flights, this new limitation is a fairly moot point. It’s tough enough to get AAward AAvailability on one AA flight, much less four.
However, we can see this limitation being an issue on international flights — especially if you’re starting in a non-hub city and heading to a more remote destination. If domestic award availability forces you to connect a couple of times domestically, you might be limited to only 1-2 flights to get from your international gateway city to your final destination. While we can’t think of any past award bookings that have required more than four legs, there could be travelers with upcoming bookings that might be affected by this change.
While relatively minor, this is a change that could impact your award booking plans. Make sure that you’re aware of this new segment limitation when searching for your next AAdvantage award booking.
Can you think of an AAdvantage award that’ll be limited by these new rules?
WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.