Good Award Space On American Airlines Premium Cross Country And Hawaii Flights

American Airlines miles are great for redeeming on partner airlines at great value, such as Japan Airlines to Asia and Iberia to Europe. However it can be tough to use AAdvantage miles to actually fly American, without paying a big premium in miles, especially if you want to fly up front. And most people want to use American’s miles to fly domestically.

Fortunately right now there’s surprisingly good award space in premium cabins between the West Coast and Hawaii, and on American’s premium flights between New York JFK and Los Angeles. It’s a great time to jump on these redemptions, even if you only think they might be useful, because American no longer charges a fee to cancel your award and redeposit the miles.

The best thing about the Hawaii availability is that you can find good deals on travel for four or more passengers. So it’s great not just for couples but for families as well.

Los Angeles – Maui has good redemption availability for May through July. Here’s LA-Maui in May:

Los Angeles – Lihue has good availability for four or more in April and May. Here, again, is May:

Meanwhile American’s premium cross country Los Angeles – New York JFK flights and vice versa have good availability January through March and during summer, much better for two passengers than for four. Here you’ll see prices varying quite a bit but in the 20s and 30s of miles each way per person many days for business class:

What you’ll find is that both business and first class awards are available at reasonable prices, mostly for the first and last flights of the day.

Notably business class gets you access to the New York JFK Greenwich lounge (whether New York is your destination or you’re connecting onward) and first class gets you access to the ultra-exclusive Chelsea lounge (as well as to the Soho lounge).


New York JFK Chelsea Lounge

And of course both get you access to the new premium check-in at New York JFK terminal 8.


New York JFK Premium Check-in

LAX still has its old Flagship check-in with separate entrance, and Flagship lounge, though Flagship First Dining there never re-opened.

Unfortunately whether premium transcon or Hawaii flights these are mostly web saver awards, rather than MilesAAver awards, which means you’ll need AAdvantage miles to redeem them (rather than using miles in a partner frequent flyer program).

(HT: robb)

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