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The most luxurious flight in America is wide open for awards

by on Wed November 4, 2015 • 4 Comments


There is no flight experience you can board without a passport more luxurious than the American Airlines Flagship First Class service between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles or San Francisco airports

On the ground…

  • You get to check in at a private lobby, where a host has your name ready and waiting.
American's Flagship check-in at JFK

American’s Flagship check-in at JFK

  • You get a personal escort to the front of the security line. Not just the front of the ID check line, but to the conveyor belt where you put your bags through the X ray.
  • You get access to special Flagship lounges that offer hot food and premium wines and cocktails in New York and Los Angeles.

In the air…

Champagne flows…


There’s a 4 course meal with restaurant style presentation…


And your seat turns into a bed, with no one next to you.


With only 10 seats, it’s the closest thing to a private jet across the country you can get with your miles and points.

And it’s really easy to book for cheap because there is lots and lots of award space available at the MileSAAver price of 32,500 miles one way.

Just about every day next year has flights available…

Tons of availability on the nonstop from JFK - LAX

Tons of availability on the nonstop from JFK – LAX

And lots of days have many, many times available…


Even though there’s almost no Economy MileSAAver award space for 12,500 miles, and most days an Economy ticket on the same flights will cost you 30,000 miles, or even 50,000 or 65,000 miles!


The catch is there’s only one award seat per flight in First Class on most days. So if you’re looking to travel with a friend you won’t find the space. But there are ways around that if you’re creative.

Is this worth the miles?

There are some cheap fares for these flights of around $1,400 roundtrip in First Class if you book about 30-90 days before your travel date. But if you’re looking ahead to next summer, these flights are running over $3,400 roundtrip, so 32,500 miles one way is a grand bargain, and really worth it to try just once.

It’s easy to earn the miles via the current 50k signup bonus on the American AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard.


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4 thoughts on The most luxurious flight in America is wide open for awards

  1. jpgisbd

    Would be interested in hearing about “creative” hints to make two seats happen. Is it as simple as booking from two separate accounts or just booking one at a time?


        @Kyle – With awards no guarantees until you get the award seat booked, but a few things…

        – Try putting one seat on hold using the 5 day hold. Sometimes a seat will open up on the same flight during that hold period. No rhyme or reason to it.

        – Flights are almost hourly so consider booking one seat on one flight time, and a second seat on another close flight time, and set an award alert on Expertflyer. Free to change flights up to 21 days before departure and a good chance a seat opens on one of the two flights.

        – For the really determined…same day change is free on award tickets day of departure. Award space is supposed to be available for that to work, but some agents are more loose about putting you in the seat even when not available.

        – And finally standby is free on award tickets, so could standby day of departure if award space doesn’t open up.


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