AA has finally adopted Alaska Airlines‘ one-way reward model. Passengers are no longer required to book a full roundtrip reward, but can segment out legs of the trip. Think about the opportunities that you have missed in the past:
1. While booking your reward ticket, you see that one leg of the trip requires an AAnytime (50k) ticket, while the other leg only requires a MileSAAver (25k) ticket. Instead of paying 50k, you now only pay 37.5k!
2. While booking a normal ticket and comparing prices, you see that one leg of the journey was 3x as expensive as the other, but it still didn’t make economical sense to use your points on this one.
3. You decide to extend your stay on a trip, but it’s prohibitively expensive to change your return ticket
4. You’re running from the law and you’re not coming back stateside
No, this doesn’t excuse poor service and whatever other faults American Air may have, but it’s a great reach out to its core customer base.