It took a pandemic, but American Airlines' AAdvantage has eliminated award ticketing fees and award redeposit fees. This is effective starting today, November 11, 2021 and applies to all AAdvantage members, not only elite members, and there is no fee even if you have to call Reservations by phone to book your award.
Previously, American Airlines eliminated change fees for both paid tickets and award tickets for all tickets except Basic Economy for North America, and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the USVI (see Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian, United Airlines End Change Fees).
AAdvantage also announced that it will pause the expiration of AAdvantage miles through June 30, 2021. Normally AAdvantage miles expire if there are 18 months without any activity (earning or redeeming miles) although it isn't hard to earn AAdvantage miles even without flying, for example by shopping using the AAdvantage eshopping portal or by using a Citi AAdvantage credit card. The miles of AAdvantage members under 21 (indicated by their birth date on their AAdvantage account) don't expire.
The U.S. airline industry is still an oligopoly, but with the sharply reduced demand for all airline travel, isn't it interesting to see these much hated fees eliminated?
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