American’s revenue management has been notoriously stingy about releasing seats for premium cabin international travel over the past three years.
However American has been going to lengths to improve their premium cabin award availability.
And now we’re starting to see much better award availability with South America.
American flies 2 Boeing 777s between Miami and Buenos Aires. One flight is generally a 777-200 and the other a 777-300ER. Both have tons of first class award space available, especially midweek. Note that the 777-200 gives you American’s old Flagship first class while the 777-300ER gives you American’s new first class.
American Airlines Boeing 777-200 Old First Class
Availability runs through June and picks up again in August. Business class is also available. And availability for both gets even better in the fall.
Here’s Miami – Buenos Aires first class throughout October for two passengers.
Here’s Miami – Buenos Aires business class:
Note of course that business class seats on American’s 777-200s which haven’t been reconfigured (which is what’s scheduled to be used on this route) are angled, while they’re fully flat on the 777-300ER.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Business Class
Availability is also quite good for New York JFK – Buenos Aires. (HT: Milevalue) American flies a Boeing 777-200 that’s been reconfigured with new business class seats (and no first class).
New Business Class Seat, American Airlines 777-200
Availability for 2 passengers gets quite good come June:
Buenos Aires is hardly the only city in South America with strong award space. Miami – Santiago is quite good as well.
American operates an unreconfigured 777-200 on the route, meaning that first class is far more desirable than (angled) business class, although outside of July and October you’ll find good availability for both.
Here’s business class for two passengers in November.
And here’s first class.
The airline offers a broad South American route network so check the city pairs that interest you most.
American’s award chart will be changing March 22:
- US-South America 2 goes from 50,000 to 57,500 miles each way in business class
- US-South America 2 goes from 62,500 to 85,000 miles each way in first class.
However you can book awards now for well into the future at the current award pricing. So it’s nice to see American releasing the space.
Note also that you can include domestic US flights to and from their international gateway cities for no additional miles. And you can include intra-South American flights such as on LAN for no additional miles. And there’s no fuel surcharges for these awards, either.