My Trip to Sao Paulo Brazil on the New American Airlines 777-300 in First Class

Apr 2, 2013

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Tonight I’ll finally be checking out the American Airlines brand new 777-300ER aircraft from JFK to Sao Paulo, Brazil and thanks to AAdvantage miles, I’ll be enjoying all 4,745 miles in their new First Class cabin. I also reached out to AA to let me on the plane early to snap pics of all cabins, so follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for live updates from their premium new aircraft that has gotten rave reviews so far.

AA 777-300ER
AA 777-300ER

I booked the one-way ticket a couple weeks ago for 125,000 AA miles and $2.50. While I generally try to book MileSaaver awards which would have been 62,500 miles, I didn’t have much flexibility on this trip and really wanted to be one of the first people to write about their First class cabin. I’ve been checking award availability on routes with the 777-300 (JFK-LHR and JFK-GRU) and it seems that American has been holding back upgrade space and MileSAAver awards up until the last minute. I guess they are seeing solid demand for the product so kudos to them for being able to make money on their new investment, though it’s bad for those trying to get SAAver awards or to upgrade. For my return flight I wanted to try out the business class cabin, but decided to book a paid trip back because I need to start racking up more Elite Qualifying Miles to re-qualify for Executive Platinum. Right now I’m waitlisted for an upgrade, but space looks good. Worst case scenario I fly in the Main Cabin Select in a prime bulkhead window, which wouldn’t be the worst thing since there are no trip reports of that cabin either. Though I’m really hoping the upgrade goes through!

(American graciously invited me on a comped press trip to London in business class a couple weeks ago, but I turned it down because I personally would rather redeem my own miles and not have my readers think the review was in any way influenced by the freebie.)

My AA award ticket reservation, flying First Class on the new 777-300ER for 125,000 miles and $2.50.
My AA award ticket reservation, flying First Class on the new 777-300ER for 125,000 miles and $2.50.
Business class Saaver awards are available on some flights, which means you can book with Avios: 50,000 and $2.50 each way.
Business class SAAver awards are available on some flights, which means you can book with Avios: 50,000 and $2.50 each way.

While shopping around and seeing what my options were, I saw that a seat in Business on the same flight would have cost me $3873.20 and a seat in First flying was $4,374. Even though I wasn’t about to shell out that kind of cash, my 125,000 AA miles allowed me to sit in a seat that many others probably paid for –  at about 3.5 cents per mile in face value. Not bad- even if it is a AAnytime award. I am still crossing my fingers that a MileSAAver award becomes available pre-departure and I can reticket and get 62,500 miles back!

Back in January of 2011, I flew First Class on AA’s 777 Flagship Suite from Buenos Aires to JFK which I felt was a mediocre experience, so I’m hoping my flight tonight will be much better.

Rows 2 and 3
Rows 3 and 4 in AA’s 777 First Class Cabin on my 2011 flight from Buenos Aires to JFK.
AA’s new 777-300ER First Class seat which I’m sure I will thoroughly enjoy tonight.

This is my first time traveling to Sao Paulo and I’ve got a bunch of really exciting events lined up. I have several friends who live in the city and I’ve been very active with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and got invited to their Inspiration Gala on Friday night honoring Pele and Fergie, which should be an amazing event raising lots of money for a good cause.

My time in Sao Paulo is short, but if you have any recommendations, let me know! I’ll be doing a full flight report and hotel review so stay tuned, but in the meantime make sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for live updates from the trip. Tchau!

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