Understanding the AA Awards Chart?

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  1. nnolan

    nnolan New Member

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    What are the definitions of MilesSAAver Off Peak, Miles Saver, AAnytime Level 1 and Level 2?
     
  2. satman40

    satman40 Gold Member

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    The real problem is they keep changing.

    They are trying to fill a seat, and sometimes at the last minute the miles needed to book will drop considerable.

    Best to be flexible....and you will be rewarded..
     
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    edekba Gold Member

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    Especially Cheap, Cheap, Normal, Expensive :)
     
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  4. nnolan

    nnolan New Member

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    Thanks for the 2 responses. However, still don"t understand in the at all????
     
  5. edekba

    edekba Gold Member

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    I'm not sure what you're going for, like the technical aspect or how each level is released or?

    But basically:
    OffPeak Saver - Seasonal Saver award
    Saver - Low level redemption where AA see's normal to low demand in paid tickets.
    Anytime Lv1 - Normal to High level in demand for paid tickets thus award tickets will cost you more miles.
    Anytime Lv2 - High to Extremely high level in demand for paid tickets thus award tickets will cost you even more miles.

    https://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/redeemMiles/american-airlines-award-chart2016.jsp
     
  6. nnolan

    nnolan New Member

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    Thank you that helps.
    So if I seek a reservation this month for Europe, September of 2016, the response from reservations will be that for the flight you have chosen the mileage cost will be one of the 4 categories.
    So, the customer never knows how many miles needed. The carrier can make any demand they chose.
    Does there exist information available to the consumer as to when these four periods generally fall?
    Again, thanks for unraveling this mystery.
     
  7. Wandering Aramean
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

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    The Peak prices are defined by a calendar. So there are some days which will be higher than others just because AA decided so. AA does not explicitly publish such but I found the details a couple years ago. The higher peak prices fall around major US holidays. Similarly the Off Peak periods are set on the calendar and even listed on the award chart for those regions which offer such so it is possible to know in advance where to expect to see those.

    As for whether you'll pay peak or off peak for an award, that's a function of what inventory is available which will vary spectacularly based on route and when you're searching.

    But you'll never see both Off Peak and regular MilesAAver on on same date. Nor will you see Peak 1 and Peak 2 on the same date. Any given flight will have just one sAAver price and one AAnytime price.
     
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    estnet Gold Member

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    So here is what to do
    Chose an award route you might want
    Try to book it using the awards tab (this only works if you are looking for AA flights partner flights you have to call)
    You'll see award levels that are available (not available are grayed out) and get a feel for what is required
    If you change dates you'll see different availability

    This combined with the info above should help you get a feel for the miles you would need
     
  9. Wandering Aramean
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    Some partners are available online. And they only book at the regular Saver level, never off peak nor AAAnytime.
     

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