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American Caps Award Routing Rules

New rules prohibit multiple stops on tickets booked with points. American Airlines flyers traveling on AAdvantage award tickets will now face new regulations on their air line tickets. In newly published rules on the American website, travelers will now be limited as to how many layovers their tickets allow. According to the new rules, travelers on domestic…

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New rules prohibit multiple stops on tickets booked with points.

American Airlines flyers traveling on AAdvantage award tickets will now face new regulations on their air line tickets. In airline-partner-award-chart.jsp” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>newly published rules on the American website, travelers will now be limited as to how many layovers their tickets allow.

According to the new rules, travelers on domestic tickets will only be allowed three segments per one-way itinerary, while those traveling internationally can only have four segments per one-way itinerary. A previous version of the website did not publish rules limiting the number of segments for award tickets.

A search of Delta Air Lines terms and conditions does not reveal an immediate limitation of segments for award tickets. In 2016, United Airlines changed the terms of their international travel awards to limit the number of segments that can be booked on one ticket.

The changes are the latest for an award program that has progressively moved in line with its competitors. In 2016, American dropped “Lock-and-Hold” reservations, followed by sweeping changes to award redemption options for oneworld partners and other friendly carriers. At AAdvantage, the program announced they would move to a revenue-based program last year, while adding a mid-level loyalty tier to their program.

However, not all changes to the program have been negative towards frequent flyers. In February 2017, American announced an upgrade to their system which allowed AAdvantage elites to upgrade their seats online. The current change is effective immediately and affects all award tickets booked on AAdvantage miles moving forward.

 

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Marriott Waives Cancellation Fees in Response to Outbreak

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Marriott International has released a statement today regarding its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak that has been affecting the travel industry worldwide.

“We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments,” the statement reads.

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The brand emphasizes that the “wellbeing of our guests and associates is of paramount importance.” Marriott hotels and resorts have been waiving cancellation fees for bookings through March 15, 2020, for guests with reservations in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan.

In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Asia and Europe, Marriott has begun to waive the cancellation fees for guests with reservations in South Korea, Japan and the Italian Lombardy and Veneto regions on Wednesday, February 26. Fees will be waived through March 15, 2020.

Marriott will also waive cancellation fees for guests in all aforementioned locations traveling outbound to other Marriott destinations globally for hotel stays through March 15, 2020.

There have been over 80,000 confirmed infections of the coronavirus worldwide. Over 70,000 cases have been confirmed in China, where the current strain is believed to have originated. Many cruises, flights and vacations to Asian countries have been canceled in response to the rapid spread of the virus.

Italy has recently become another focal point of the outbreak, with over 800 confirmed cases within a short timeframe.

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