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Deal alert: Widespread transcontinental lie-flat business class award space for 4

March 25, 2022
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Premium transcontinental flights are some of the most coveted domestic awards. Given the stiff competition between airlines, these routes feature elevated service and often better seats as well. However, they're pricier than your average domestic award, and finding saver-level award space is challenging.

Well, good news: TPG has spotted widespread business class award space on premium transcontinental American Airlines flights this fall. Specifically, we're seeing lots of availability on flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Miami International Airport (MIA) from August through November 2022. Many dates even have four or more seats available.

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The Boston flights are operated by American's swanky Airbus A321Ts, while the Miami flights are operated by Boeing 777-200s and Boeing 777-300s. All flights feature lie-flat seats, Flagship Lounge access, amenity kits and multi-course meals.

Related: Review of American Airlines’ A321T in business from Boston to Los Angeles

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

American AAdvantage normally charges 32,500 miles each way for these saver awards, but sometimes offers them for less through its Web Specials. A potentially better way to book these flights would be through Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan or Etihad Guest, as both programs charge a flat 25,000 miles for these awards. Even better, if you're short Etihad miles, you can transfer points in from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One or Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Related: The best websites for searching Oneworld award availability

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The deal

Airlines: American Airlines
Routes: LAX to/from BOS/MIA
Cost: From 25,000 miles + $5.60 taxes and fees one-way in business class
Dates: August through November 2022
Pay taxes/fees with: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline; on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel) for travel protections on the award flight.

Sample itineraries

Boston (BOS) to Los Angeles (LAX) one-way in September

(Screenshot from alaskaair.com)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Boston (BOS) one-way in October

(Screenshot from alaskaair.com)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Miami (MIA) one-way in August

(Screenshot from alaskaair.com)

Miami (MIA) to Los Angeles (LAX) one-way in October

(Screenshot from alaskaair.com)

Maximize your purchase

When paying the taxes and fees on your award ticket, be sure to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare and offers travel protection in case anything goes wrong. Cards that fit the bill include The Platinum Card® from American Express, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

Related: The best credit cards for paying taxes and fees on award tickets

Featured image by Zach Griff/The Points Guy
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases