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One of the things that is cool about American AAdvantage miles is the ability to readily use them for flights in first or business class at the low ‘MileSAAver’ level on its flagship JFK-LAX and SFO transcontinental flights. Just 25,000 miles one way for business class, a ticket that regularly sells for $1,000 or more each way.
Starting in January, it’s rolling out a brand new fleet of A321 planes on the routes to replace the venerable 767s that have toiled the routes since the 80s. It will be the only true 3-cabin first class product left on these routes, now that United is converting all of its PS planes to a 2-class business / coach configuration. And business class will get new lie-flat seats.
All in all it looks like a great new plane, but…with 10 fewer first / business class seats than with the old 767s (30 instead of 40 before).
Bad news though for miles…
Now that the new flights are loaded in the system starting January 7, MileSAAver availability has dried up for 2014 dates. For first, business, and COACH class on the nonstop flights.
WE REALLY HOPE THIS IS A TEMPORARY ISSUE while American transitions the fleet.
United has plenty of availability next year on its re-configured planes that have only 28 premium seats (versus 38 before). Interesting though that United during its transition had no such blackout on availability.
Hard to imagine all nonstop flights from JFK-LAX/SFO will have no saver availability on American, even in coach. But it is a (scary) possibility in first and business class. Delta has essentially no ‘low’ mileage award availability on its premium JFK-SFO/LAX flights in business class.
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