And regarding the fuel surcharges on AAdvantage redemptions, here’s the official statement:
Last night, in a routine effort to better align American to industry standards with other global carriers, American began collecting carrier-imposed surcharges on tickets for travel on other carrier’s metal. This change was intended for revenue tickets only, but the surcharge was erroneously added to AAdvantage award redemptions on other airlines as well. Except in the cases of British Airways and Iberia (where American currently collects these surcharges), no carrier-imposed surcharges will be applied when redeeming AAdvantage miles for award travel on other carriers. Any customers who encountered this fee in error will be fully refunded.
Whew! I’m thrilled about this, and at this point what’s done is done. But my gosh, what an epic communication failure that memo was, since even American was confirming on Twitter it was true.