American Airlines: Suspending Syd – LAX route from end August to October
First casualty of the reduced hotel quarantine international limits?
American Airlines is suspending its flights between Sydney and Los Angeles, its only remaining route between the USA and Australia from the end of August, until at least October.
The LAS/SYD flights AA72/AA73 have essentially been running as cargo flights from Los Angeles, but with a crew provision for passengers flying from Sydney to LAX.
ET is reporting that the latest updates to the Global Distribution System (GDS) travel agents use for airline bookings, like SABRE and AMADEUS are showing that AA72/73 flights are being suspended between August 31 until October 31 – the ‘official’ start of the northern hemisphere winter booking season.
A week or so ago on 14 July, National cabinet agreed to reduce international arrivals from about 6,000 per week to 3,000.
While a legitimate response to the Delta outbreak in Sydney, which has now expanded across the state and on to Victoria, with incoming passenger loads as low as 10 to 15 – it was expected that some airlines might choose to alter their schedule regularity, suspend flights until capacity limits were restored to the previous levels, or pull out entirely.
Remembering that you can cancel and rebook any fares through to the end of February 2022, this offer is worth booking some speculative travel.
I usually value status credits over points, but triple points is a good deal. Anyway if a good bonus status credits deal comes up – I can always cancel my triple points booking and rebook using the credit to gain the the status deal. Sorry guys, you can’t combine deals.
Qantas didn’t come down in the last shower, so don’t expect this triple points deal to be giving you the best fare prices (I haven’t checked this), and the same applies to those double status points offers if they return. I have no inside knowledge, but a triple points offer, often comes just before a double status credits offer. Just sayin’.
This is unfortunate news, especially if you were looking for a OneWorld member or Qantas partner airline to use if heading to the USA – not that you should be travelling anyway.
I’ll head back to my lock-down tasks now.