American Airlines Eliminating Award Change Fees

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American Airlines has announced some more positive news for American AAdvantage members in terms of fee waivers. AAdvantage members will now be ale to book award ticket through all of American Airlines channels without any award service charges.

Additionally, AAdvantage members will no longer be charged a reinstatement fee to have miles redeposited in their account if you decide to cancel or change an eligible award ticket. Both of these changes go into effect tomorrow November 11, 2020 and these new changes are going to be permanent.

Per American Airlines,

Starting on Nov. 11, AAdvantage members will no longer pay a service charge when booking an award ticket through reservations.

When travel plans change and members need to cancel an eligible award ticket, they will also no longer pay a reinstatement fee to put their miles back in to their AAdvantage account. If members cancel an award ticket on, miles can be instantly redeposited in most cases without having to pick up the phone.

These changes offer members even more flexibility to redeem and reuse their miles in a way most convenient for them, whether through, American’s mobile app or by calling reservations.

Recognizing that some members need more time to keep their AAdvantage accounts active during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, American has extended its pause on mileage expiration through June 30, 2021. The AAdvantage program provides members several ways to maintain account activity through flights, hotels, car rentals and everyday activities such as shopping and dining.

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