American Airlines introduces One-Way Flex Awards

In what's probably the best thing to happen for mileage award travel, American Airlines has effectively made their awards ticket one-way tickets. With the new 'One-Way Flex Awards', an AA frequent flier can now book open jaw, one way, or circular tickets with their miles. Or even mix travel classes, for a business class outbound and coach return, for example.



Best thing is: The Flex Awards are actually exactly half the mileage cost of a return award ticket!

So, as an example I could book a ticket from London Heathrow to San Francisco International for 20,000 miles, another ticket from San Francisco to Chicago for just 12,500 miles, and return for another 20,000 miles to London again. Before, this wasn't possible and all award tickets had to be return only.

Now, let's hope other airlines follow suit so this becomes the industry standard. In my opinion, this is the first traveler-friendly move in the air travel industry since the credit crunch began.

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@Marc Thanks, I've used it multiple times since 2009 and it's still as easy, if not easier with the new site design. The United Airlines merger did add useful routes too.

Jack on 03 November, 2015

It's very good to know. We have a trip coming up in few months.

Marc on 03 November, 2015

Update to this: I've now booked a flight going one-way with American Airlines with my miles.

The process is completely painless, there are no hidden charges, and I got an $1,300 one-way flight for 12,500 miles and $5 for taxes.

Brilliant, definitely will keep me using them.

Jack on 16 October, 2009

since i fly with AA, this is good to know

Nomadic Matt on 15 May, 2009



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