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American Airlines is the only carrier now operating and promoting a 3-cabin first class product between New York and Los Angeles (and soon to be San Francisco). Fares on this route for first class are usually in the $2,935 one-way. However, there are a bunch of dates in April and May where fares are as low as $491.99 each way for the 6am departure. I generally don’t like flights that early, but I’ll always get out of bed early for a good deal!
Sadly, I’ve only found this fare for JFK-LAX and not the other way around, but still- the first class fare is thousands less than business class and sometimes less than $200 more than economy making this a no brainer for those traveling on the available dates.
These are P fares which earn a 50% class of service bonus and 1.5 EQPs, but will incur a $200 cancellation/rebooking fee, but AA.com will let you hold fares for 24 hours so I’d recommend at least doing that because these fares will likely not last very long.
|Class of Service||Purchased Fares Booked in:||Base Miles (elite status qualifying)||Class of Service Bonus Miles||Elite Qualifying Points per Mile Earned|
|First Class||A, F, P||100%||50%||1.50|
I pulled up non-stop fares on the ITA Matrix for JFK-LAX in April/May/June and found the below- usually the days with $492/$500 fares are those with the super cheap 6am American Airlines departure in first class.
I flew this product recently and thought it was a really solid product and at this price it’s a no brainer!
You can book through an online portal to maximize your miles/points and also put your purchase on the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card for 3 points per dollar spent on flights booked directly with airlines or the Sapphire Preferred, Arrival or Citi AA cards for 2x miles/points.
Hat tip Dealspin With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.
With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.