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TPG reader Mark emailed me about booking an award ticket to South America using American Airlines miles:
“I wanted to book a trip to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires with AA miles in December, but business class awards are only available at 100,000 each way! Will I ever be able to get my whole itinerary for 100,000 round-trip? And what’s the best way to track when award availability opens up? Thanks for any advice.”
You can also get a little creative by expanding your search. Check award availability to Sao Paulo, which is just a cheap, short flight away from Rio. Try different cities, different partners, and check on LAN Airlines. LAN won’t show up on AA.com, so try calling and see if maybe you can route through Santiago, Chile, or Lima, Peru. Remember that whenever you book at the partner level, it’ll be for that low 100,000-mile round-trip level.
American will also allow you to have a stopover in a North American international gateway city, so if you fly via Miami you can always build in a stopover and then continue on to South America at your leisure, depending on award availability. Search the legs from the international gateway, then work backwards from there.
These are just a few tips. For related posts, see below. And good luck, Mark – if you try these tips, I’m sure you’ll be able to get your trip at the Saver level!
- Maximizing International Gateway Stopovers On American Airline Awards
- Top 10 Ways To Use American Airlines Miles
- Maximizing Stopovers, Transfers and Open Jaw Ticketing On American Airline Awards
- Using Expert Flyer For Award Space Availability
- Maximizing Off Peak Airline Awards On American
Let me know if you have any other questions by messaging me on Facebook, tweeting me or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.