Schedule Change Causes Fantastic American Airlines Premium Cabin Award Space to South America

The schedule for American Airlines’ Miami – Santiago flight AA957 switches on April 14:

  • From a 10:15pm departure to an 11:55pm departure.
  • From a reconfigured Boeing 777-200 (new business class and no first) to an older 777-200 (

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  1. Gary– This is actually in relation to your earlier National Rental Car post, but since the comments on that entry are raffle entries, it didn’t seem appropriate to get this to you via a comment there. You suggested, as does the World Elite Mastercard site, that a WEM comes with National Executive status. But when I go to the relevant National page ( ) and click through to upgrade my membership, it says the deal is expired. Is the deal expired? Do you know? Do you have a suggestion as to whom I should contact? Thanks in advance.

  2. @Gary If you click the link that says “Enroll Now or Upgrade your Emerald Club status” it takes you a page saying that “Unfortunately,” the offer is expired– though this might be an IT glitch? Who would you call, National or World Elite Mastercard?

  3. Nice, over 50% of the dates have availability for two. Also, at least out of my connection city, I am finding a reasonable amount of connecting flights to Dallas to get onto the SCL flights.

  4. the downside: you’d have to fly American Airlines! I’m half-kidding, but the food on AA in my experience is just terrible. So much worse than Delta or United. They’d have to pay me 62.5k miles to eat that stuff!

  5. Can I still use USDM to travel to South America on partner airlines because it may cost less than using AA miles? Or is it better to use AA miles to travel to EZE, SCL and IPC? Am I better off booking two separate segments since only LAN will fly between SCL and IPC? If USDM costs less miles, then it probably makes more sense using Avios to fly to and from IPC correct? Thanks

  6. @Rafael, sure —

    The reconfigured 767 routes are:
    New York – Zurick, MIlan, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, São Paulo/Campinas, Rio
    Miami – Paris, São Paulo/Campinas
    Chicago – Paris

    I believe next up is Miami – Rio.

    I’m not as positive on the 777 routes, I believe Miami – Barcelona and Madrid and Miami- Buenos Aires next.

  7. Gary:

    Thank you so very much for the “heads-up”!!
    Chile is high on my travel bucket list.
    Found CLE-DFW-SCL-DFW-CLE, for two, all four flights in an AA 772 F (250k miles) for late October travel.


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