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Per Lucky and TheBOSMAN on Flyertalk, American is offering incredible roundtrip business class fares to Chile starting April 1 and going through June. I just booked two $901 roundtrips from NYC to Miami in American first class and then Miami to Santiago, Chile in LAN Business class (lie flat beds).
Sadly, American doesn’t offer bonus EQMs for business/first, so the total amount of Elite Qualifying Miles I’ll get is 10,429 per $901 trip (8.6 cents per EQM), I’ll net between 25%-50% class of service bonuses depending on the fare class and leg and a 100% Executive Platinum bonus for a total haul of about 25,000 redeemable AA miles per trip (which I value at about $500!).
I would recommend booking on LAN wherever possible, since their service and seats are much better than American’s old angled shell style business class seats. LAN operated flights generally don’t show first and aren’t offered every day at the $901 price, so scroll through all the options and keep checking different dates. I booked both of mine at AA.com, but used the ITA Search tool to find the dates that had the cheap fares. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
AA.com will let you hold a reservation for 24 hours, so I’d recommend at least holding one if you are interested, because they won’t last long at this price!
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.