American Airlines and US Airways, which merged to become the world’s largest carrier last year, decided to add a new layer of complexity to frequent flyer point redemption. While the company reduced the number of points needed for certain flights, it has increased them for the majority of its flights.
AAdvantage members will now be able to purchase a one-way fare for 20,000 miles for the majority of the year, something that used to cost 25,000 miles. However, on the busiest travel days, customers will be forced to shell-out 50,000 miles for the same flight. Customers flying domestic, full-fare, economy flights will no longer receive a free checked bag but will be forced to pay for it out of pocket. The change, according to the company, will affect around 110 million people per year.