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In addition to 8 new routes from Chicago O’Hare airport, American Airlines also announced additional 17 new destinations for the summer, including 6 international cities. Tickets for all destinations are available on aa.com.
11 more new domestic routes
Eleven new routes are added within the U.S., from its five hubs excluding Chicago O’Hare. These new routes include:
- From Miami, FL (MIA) to Omaha, NE (OMA), on sale on March 19, 2017.
- From Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to:
- Grand Junction, CO (GJT)
- Medford, OR (MFR)
- From Phoenix, AZ (PHX) to
- Eugene, OR (EUG)
- Jackson Hole, WY (JAC)
- Medford, OR (MFR)
- From Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (DFW) to
- Billings, MT (BIL)
- Traverse City, MI (TVC)
- Spokane, WA (GEG)
- From Charlotte, NY (CLT) to
- Bangor, ME (BGR)
- Rapid City, SD (RAP)
6 new international destinations
Six new international destinations are added, including two seasonal services:
- DFW to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)
- DFW to Rome, Italy (FCO)
- ORD to Barcelona, Spain (BCN)
- ORD to Guatemala City (GUA) (seasonal)
- CLT to George Town, Bahamas (GGT) (seasonal)
- MIA to Merida, Mexico (MID)
Award availability on new Chicago – Barcelona route
American is currently planning to operate the Chicago to Barcelona route with Boeing 787-800 jet, which features 28 flat bed seats in business class. Award seats will cost 30,000 miles each way in coach or 57,500 each way in business. Unfortunately business class award seats are hard to find but I found it on the return flight!. Coach awards, on the other hand, seems to be widely available in August, and some dates even have up to 7 seats!
Availability on the nonstop return flight is not good. But if you are willing to have a layover, you should be able to find flights to come home. Some dates has a few business class available on the nonstop flight!
I am glad to see American adding more routes. Let’s just hope they would also release more seats for award travel, especially in business class.