AAdvantage® Announces More Flexibility

FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines AAdvantage® customers may now claim new, more flexible airline travel awards to hundreds of destinations worldwide. This innovative award structure makes American the first airline to offer so much flexibility in an airline award program.

American has added flexibility to the award structure by consolidating nearly 500 awards valid on AAdvantage participating airlines into just over 130 awards that are valid on any participating airline or any combination of participating airlines in the AAdvantage program. With this new award structure, members will continue to benefit from the vast network of more than 880 worldwide destinations offered by American and its over 25 AAdvantage participating airlines.

“Customers have told us they would like to see a more flexible and streamlined award redemption program, so we’re giving them what they’ve told us they value,” said Ed French, president-American Airlines AAdvantage Marketing Programs. “This new airline award structure simplifies the program for AAdvantage members, making it easier and faster for them to book award travel to hundreds of destinations throughout the world.”

Members may now mix and match airlines in order to find the itinerary that best fits their needs. When traveling between North America and Europe, members may travel on any participating airline that has service to Europe. Here’s an example: Members traveling from Chicago to Vienna may travel on SWISS (connecting in Zurich), or on American connecting in London to British Airways. On the return, members may travel on Aer Lingus (connecting in Dublin), or on SN Brussels Airlines connecting in Brussels to American. The mix-and-match concept gives members the flexibility they need to schedule their award travel.

To make reservations using these new airline awards, call AAdvantage reservations at 1-800-882-8880 or contact your local American Airlines office. A complete airline award chart and additional details may be viewed in the AAdvantage section of the award winning American Airlines Web site, www.aa.com.


In addition to these new airline awards, members traveling to multiple regions or traveling to multiple cities within a region may continue to claim oneworld multicarrrier awards.

General Conditions:
All awards are for round-trip travel. Normal PlanAAhead capacity controls and embargo dates apply. Award travel is not valid on codeshare flights and is not valid on British Airways trans-Atlantic flights between the US and the UK. Additional restrictions may apply. Certain restrictions apply on oneworld Alliance multicarrier awards.

About the AAdvantage Travel Awards Program:
The American Airlines AAdvantage Travel Awards program—the first and largest of its kind—began in 1981 with 283,000 members and has grown to more than 45 million members worldwide. The AAdvantage program has more U.S. fliers than any other frequent traveler program, and it provides more opportunities to redeem miles than any other program. In addition to travel, members can earn miles for everything from breakfast cereal to flowers, financial services, credit card purchases and more. For additional information visit www.aa.com/aadvantage.

American Airlines is winner of North America`s Leading Airline at the 2002 World Travel Awards: www.worldtravelawards.com