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AAdvantage award map shows where your bonus miles can take you

by on Tue March 19, 2013 • 2 Comments

Searching for award seats using your American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles can be a drag. You first think of a destination, then search fruitlessly for availability around the dates that you want. And you probably get stuck in a rut of the same destinations when you do the search, which leads to more frustration when you can’t find a seat. And all you want is a getaway somewhere nice.

But what if you saw all the destination possibilities of your miles on a given day?

You can do just that with the new American Airlines AAdvantage® award map. It’s snappy, fast, and shows you everywhere your bonus miles can take you on a simple map. Just plug in the number of miles you want to use, dates, number of travelers, even specify Economy or First class and a general region, and go. The key here is you can specify the maximum miles you want to use, so you can avoid results that only have expensive mile level seats available.

Here’s a video explaining it:

There are some limitations…

  • American doesn’t show availability online for some pretty major partners, like Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines, so trips to Asia remain hard to book online.
  • You can only search specific dates. For a range of dates you’ll need to think up of one particular destination and use the traditional award calendar.
  • Once you see a destination you like, it’s a good idea to check it the old fashioned way to make sure it’s displaying the lowest possible mileage level and best route
  • It won’t tell you the taxes and fees you will pay upfront  – award flights on partner British Airways using AAdvantage miles can have up to $700 in fees. But domestic trips and flights entirely on American are pretty reasonable with minimal taxes and fees.

And there’s probably more to come…American developed this as part of a tech initiative to get young talent working on projects for them. Now if only Delta could get them working on its always broken award search we could see some real value add…

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