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Award availability on American Airlines can be tough. I love my AAdvantage miles, mostly for booking travel on partners rather than on American. They’ve made coach award space better over the last 8 months or so, but premium cabin international award space can still be tough to get.
That’s why it’s notable when awards become booking on American flights, whether you’re using American AAdvantage miles or partner airline miles. And right now awards on South America flights in business class for spring are especially bookable.
Starting March 20 and through early June there’s great midweek availability for two passengers in business class Dallas Fort Worth – Sao Paulo.
First class awards are similarly available.
There’s even some business class availability for four passengers on this route as well.
Sao Paulo availability is similar for the Miami route, with business class space for two passengers prevalent around the same time and more limited space for four passengers. Here’s two passengers:
And here’s availability for four, basically just losing Friday options:
New York JFK – Sao Paolo is wide open as well.
Availability isn’t limited to just American’s Sao Paulo routes, here’s Miami – Santiago for two passengers in business class:
There’s not yet a premium business class lounge in Dallas, that won’t open until 2019 although there’s a good chance it’ll be available by the time your flying on this space. If you’re on the Miami flight you can use the new Flagship lounge there.
American Airlines Flagship Lounge Miami
American operates a mix of Boeing 777-200s without first class and Boeing 777-300ERs with first class on their Sao Paulo flights, and Boeing 777-200s for Miami – Santiago. All have fully flat direct aisle access business class seats, though the 777-200s have a mix of ‘Concept D’ seats and B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seats.
American Airlines Boeing 777-200 Concept D
For onward connections you can fly American’s oneworld partner LAN. And flights to and from either Dallas or Miami are included in a single AAdvantage award at 57,500 miles per person in business class or 85,000 miles for first class each way.
You can use British Airways points as well, and South America is a great place to do that since these flights don’t incur fuel surcharges (though of course each flight segment is priced separately). You can use Alaska Airlines miles also, or Etihad which charges 50,000 for business and 62,500 for first in each direction.
For earning American AAdvantage miles, American’s Citibank credit cards currently have elevated offers:
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® has an offer to earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
There’s a $0 annual fee the first year, then $99. Cardmembers receive one free checked bag and preferred boarding on American Airlines flights.
You also get 10% of your miles back (up to 10,000 rebated per calendar year) when you redeem miles.
In addition earning is 2 miles per dollar on American Airlines purchases and at restaurants and gas stations (1 mile per dollar elsewhere) and you can earn an annual $100 American Airlines flight discount after $20,000 spend within a year, provided after card renewal.
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®: 70,000 mile initial bonus after spending $4,000 within the first 4 months of account opening. This card has a $0 annual fee the first year (then $95).