Change is in the Air

posted by January 18, 2016

FM airplaneAward programs are notorious for changing rules and devaluing miles. Aeroplan recently made changes to their award chart, increasing miles needed for routes between the USA/Canada to Europe and South America. On the bright side, they changed their “round trip” rule and now allow one-way reward flights between any regions. Great news if you are traveling one way and your trip doesn’t include the US or Canada. Aeroplan is still a great program to use as you can use your miles for any Star Alliance partner.

AA is following suit by changing their awards chart in March. While it’s not all bad news, there are definitely some advantages to booking some award flights now, before the cost goes up. While some routes are actually going down, other routes (USA to Asia, Europe and the South Pacific) are increasing. American Airlines has a pretty friendly change policy, and that will remain the same, so if you’re thinking about planning a trip, book now and you should be able to change dates later without incurring change fees and mileage increases. Make sure to check out the fine print before you book.

Even if you missed booking with Aeroplan before December, the Points Guy gives some great tips on how to get great flights. For details on the changes to Aeroplan and AAdvantage programs, read these articles:

American Airlines Announces 2016 AAdvantage Program Changes

Can I Still Change AAdvantage Awards After the Devaluation?

9 Awards to Book Before Aeroplan’s December Devaluation

 

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