Cheap First Class Fares AA JFK-Los Angeles on The New A321: As Low As $492 One Way!

by on February 25, 2014 · 20 comments

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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!

First class drastically cheaper than business class

First class drastically cheaper than business class

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 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

AA 24 hour hold

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.

April cheap fare dates

April cheap fare dates

May cheap fare dates

May cheap fare dates

I flew this product recently and thought it was a really solid product and at this price it’s a no brainer!

Not the biggest first class seat, but certainly comfortable for a transcend and better than most other options

Not the biggest first class seat, but certainly comfortable for a transcend and better than most other options

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  • Joseph Yasso

    Hey TPG — any update on using Dividend Miles on AA metal to Brazil in July/July? Thanks!

  • thepointsguy

    You can redeem US miles on AA flights online

  • Soddon

    I actually found it cheaper ($486) than that when I added a connection to DEN at the end of the trip. (Conveniently was going there anyway!) BA Silver status here I come!

  • Todd

    Must be gone. I only see fares in the $1500 o/w range.

  • Joseph Yasso

    Sort of… search for anything through May 4 and you’ll see AA itineraries. After that… nothing. Strange?

  • gus

    World cup in june-july…

  • Kevin P

    Got in on it @ $500 in May… thanks TPG!

  • hobo05


  • Joseph Yasso

    This isn’t about black out dates, it’s about loading the codeshare schedules into the system and obtaining the necessary government approvals to make it happen.

    When will the codeshare cover the entire network?
    We launched the initial phase of our codeshare January 13, 2014. We’re now expanding it to include all flights across our combined global network. A select few international markets are excluded because of regulatory requirements, but we expect to codeshare on every international flight in these markets by the end of the first quarter. To review this list, visit

    The easy answer to this question is: by March 31, 2014. Posting this so those who are booking for the World Cup (like myself) know when they’ll be able to book.

  • Mark

    booked at $716 round-trip (coming back in Y)

  • Kioly

    Looks like “transcon” was auto-corrected to “transcend” in the last picture caption.

  • Jason Muntz

    I just got May 13th for $500 even in F on 6 am departure. Is it true that AA doesn’t allow some day confirm in F? I was hoping to get a later flight if available within 24 but I’ve heard that is only in economy?

  • Larry

    If I book JFK-LAX in F and then do a turn and return from LAX to JFK in Y, I wonder if they will let me use the first class lounge as a connecting same day passenger???

  • efilon87

    Looks like the fare is gone. Im getting $5,000+ for a RT.

  • dealspin

    Thanks for the HT, TPG!

  • skunker

    Wow, this was posted on FT back on Feb 1. At least give credit to where it is actually due.

  • Effe yu

    Way to ruin it for the rest of us on FT. It’s the crappy blogs that alert the masses that don’t let us have nice things. Congrats.

  • Laura

    Screw you, and effe yu. Thanks TPG for letting some of us who’ve NEVER flown first class know about this deal.

  • Chris Lord-Alge

    That was awesome I got 3 flights !! perfect to come back after Mothers day

  • Goosh

    +1. Btw, it was both ways when I discovered it way back when. The LAX-JFK flight was the 10:20 am AA179 flight.

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