US Airways/American Airline has apparently learned from their mistake and the company is actually giving frequent fliers a heads up this time before further devaluing their award chart. For the second time this year, US Airways has announced increase in award prices, but instead of giving no notice, they are giving travelers until July 31, 2014 to book award travel at current costs. Starting August 1, 2014, Award travel will cost more miles than they do today for first class travel on a three class cabin configured aircraft within North America and Canada, such as the A321T from JFK-LAX or Cathay Pacific JFK-YVR route and medium and high level awards between the US and Canada will raise as well. The devaluation is not as bad as it it does is align US Airways Award chart more with American Airlines new AAnytime award level 1 and level 2. Why US/AA would have not aligned them during their initial devaluation baffles me, but just shows poor planning by the airline.
Program updates August 1, 2014
For travel booked on/after August 1, we’re raising redemption levels for roundtrip travel on medium and high awards between the continental U.S. and Canada and for First Class awards on three-class service within and between the continental U.S. and Canada on oneworld® and partner flights. All award bookings through July 31 will continue to be honored.
- On US Airways flights, roundtrip award travel in the Main Cabin between the continental U.S. and Canada will require 50,000 miles for medium and 80,000 miles for high-level 1. Roundtrip award travel in First/Business Class between the continental U.S. and Canada will require 100,000 miles for medium and 130,000 miles for high-level 1.
- On oneworld and partner flights, roundtrip award travel in First Class on a three cabin aircraft within and between the continental U.S. and Canada will require 65,000 miles.
Medium level / high level Award costs
Main Cabin USA-Canada
First or Business on 2 cabin flight
Three Cabin First
US Airways after 8/1/14
US Airways Before 8/1/14
These changes have been laid out on the US Airways Dividend Mile pages and go into effect later this summer. Expect to see fewer sAAver seats and more AAnytime or medium/high level award seats made available. I’d expect another devaulation around the end of the year when AA/US combine their two programs into one.
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