I just redeemed miles for a domestic RT. A non-stop out and back, two segments total. So the amount due when I paid for the ticket was a whopping $5 security fee, plus miles. At check-out, AA.com asked me if I wanted to provide a credit card number, or instead whether I wished to finance my purchase over 6 months. -- On a slightly more serious side, it appears that the somewhat ballyhooed change by most airlines to allowing a 24-hour hold on most bookings has overridden AA's previously more lenient policy of allowing a 48-hour to 5-day hold on award bookings. This particular trip, two weeks out, was booked yesterday and would only hold to today. As recently as last month, similar award bookings for me were allowing longer holds. Not a big deal, but I did notice it.