Amazing Deal Alert: Business Class NYC to Santiago, Chile for $901 Total Roundtrip on American/LAN

by on February 16, 2013 · 23 comments

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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).

$901 total per person, roundtrip business class with LAN business class on the MIA-SCL legs

$901 total per person, roundtrip business class with LAN business class on the MIA-SCL legs

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!).

Cheap business class fares!

Cheap business class fares!

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, but used the ITA Search tool to find the dates that had the cheap fares. 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!

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  • Pricesquire

    Great deal. Thanks for the heads up

  • Ho

    You value 25k AA miles at $500? That’s inflated even for AA miles!

  • Asdf

    If you live near a regional airport where things are more monopolized, prices can be above 500. Point taken on the hubs though.

  • Poptarts

    How many miles would someone without any current status, ie, Ex Plat, earn towards status?

  • Stock Shooter

    I bought 55094 Chase Ink points for $94.
    Is that good value? Should I keep doing it?

  • Stock Shooter again

    What I meant to ask was if it is like
    buying $550.94 worth of travel for $94?

  • mighty_bear

    managed to put mine on hold 05/30 – 06/10 now i have time think about it :)

  • Josh_brooks

    FYI, for you weekenders, if I am not mistaken, Chilean visas are like ~$160-$200 for americans.

  • thepointsguy

    Buying of points isn’t allowed, but I’d easily pay $500+ for that many points if possible!

  • thepointsguy

    ~10,500 EQMs.. status does not affect the number of EQMs earned.. only the amount of redeemable miles

  • thepointsguy

    I redeem for internation business/first.. so a 135,000 Cathay premium award to Asia is easily worth $2,700 to me

  • Stock Shooter

    I used cc’s to pay my quarterly taxes for first time Jan 15.
    I see it as buying points since I’m paying fee for points.
    Only did (2) cards this time but could do more, e.g., if (4)
    cards per quarter offer 30-50K pts/miles each for $3-5K
    spend trigger each. The actual example of $94 comes
    from 1.88% fee on $5K cc tax pay.

    Another card in your Top Deals list offered 50K pts for
    higher spend, I passed.

    But your answer implies even if fee had been 10% ($500)
    for 55,500 Chase Ink points, you would pay taxes via cc.
    Is that like getting about 40% off on travel costs?
    (personally need 70% off to make tax strategy appealing)

  • Chris

    Also great for last minute flights. I recently redeemed 12,500 miles for a last minute one way flight that would have cost $700.

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  • juliabloch

    Sorry for the totally newbie questions, but what’s the best way to stay abreast of deals like these for certain cities (I’m specifically interested in SCL, BUE, GRU). Also, are these deals dependent on city of origin, i.e. you can’t do them in reverse?

  • thepointsguy

    Check out this post for ideas on ITA Matrix, FareCompare and the FlyerTalk MileageRun forums:

    And yes, it’s dependent on the specific routing – for instance you can’t just get these flights from Miami to South America even though all the itineraries transit through there.

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  • fraggle_rock

    would these fares qualify for the amex platinum companion offer?

  • thepointsguy

    No- these are discounted business class and Amex platinum requires full fare usually

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