[Premium Economy] American: Miami – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. $594. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A good sale to Rio de Janeiro  in Premium Economy.

This price at $692. However, if you have an American Express card with Membership Rewards benefits, you should be able to buy this for $594 on most $692 dates on American Express Travel.

Mileage upgrade to Business is 25,000 miles each way + $350.

(Originally sent to our Premium subscribers on September 3rd, 2021 at 10:15AM Eastern)

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Photo: Luciola Vilella – MTUR via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • June 1st – 8th, 2021
  • This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from February 2021 – early June 2021. A 3 day minimum and Sunday stay is required. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 14 days in advance of departure
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Search on Google Flights. Find the dates on Google Flights and then follow the instructions on the “How to Buy” section below to buy.

Fare Class:

  • P

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $654

Seat Type:

  • Recliner on American:
    • 38″ legroom
    • 7″ recline
    • 19.5″ width

Direct Aisle Access:

  • No. 2 x 3 x 2 configuration

Routing:

  • MIA – GIG (Rio de Janeiro) – MIA

Mileage:

  • Miles Flown: 8,344 miles
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 12,516 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 3,270 miles

How to Buy:

 

Or if you have an American Express with Membership Rewards benefits on American Express Travel. (This will likely credit as special fare, which means more elite qualifying dollars and redeemable miles earned)

 

 

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[Business Class] Delta: Chicago – Lima, Peru. Starting $830. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A good sale to Lima. Delta has lie-flat business class seats between Atlanta and Lima.

(This deal was originally sent to our Premium subscribers on September 2nd, 2020)

Lima, Peru- Photo: pululante via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • May 6th – 11th, 2021
  • This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from January 2021 – early May 2021. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 28 days in advance of departure.
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

Fare Class:

  • Z

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $744

Seat Type:

  • Within US: Recliner
  • US – Lima: Lie-flat

Direct Aisle Access:

  • Within US: No. 2 x 2 seating configuration
  • US – Lima: Yes. 1 x 2 x 1 seating configuration

Routing:

  • ORD – ATL (Atlanta) – LIM (Lima) – ATL – ORD

Mileage:

  • Miles Flown: 7,590 miles
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 11,385 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 3,720 miles

How to Buy:

 

 

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[Premium Economy] American: Houston – Bangkok, Thailand. $724. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A good sale to Bangkok in Premium Economy. This price at $795. However, if you buy this on American Airlines Vacations, you will save about $70 and earn more miles and elite qualifying dollars. American Airlines Vacations has a sub-par website, so follow our instructions below.

Mileage upgrade to Business is 25,000 miles each way + $350. Upgrade only for Dallas – Tokyo or Tokyo – Dallas

We do have one caveat though, not all dates found on Google Flights will price on American Airlines Vacations. If not, try a different date. Doesn’t happen often, but it does. Just want you to be mindful of that.

(Originally sent to our Premium subscribers on August 14th, 2021)

Bangkok, Thailand – Photo: Yogendra Joshi via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • May 3rd – 10th, 2021
  • This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from January 2021 – early May 2021. A 3 day minimum stay is required. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 90 days in advance of departure
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Search on Google Flights. Find the dates on Google Flights and then follow the instructions on the “How to Buy” section below to buy.

Fare Class:

  • P

Seat Type:

  • Recliner on American:
    • 38″ legroom
    • 7″ recline
    • 19.5″ width

Direct Aisle Access:

  • No.
  • American Airlines: 2 x 4 x 2 configuration
  • Japan Airlines: 2 x 4 x 2 configuration

Routing:

  • IAH – DFW (Dallas) – HND (Tokyo – Haneda) – BKK (Bangkok) – HND – DFW – IAH. Segments between Tokyo and Bangkok is operated by Japan Airlines.
    • Japan Airlines only have Premium Economy service for its red-eye flight.
      • Tokyo – Haneda to Bangkok: 12:35AM – 5:00AM
      • Bangkok – Tokyo – Haneda: 9:55PM – 6:10AM
    • The other Japan Airlines flight does not have Premium Economy. It is a 7 hour flight. So choose the above if you want Premium Economy seating.
    • The Japan Air flight between Tokyo – Narita (NRT) and Bangkok also does not have Premium Economy.

Mileage:

  • Miles Flown: 19,706 miles
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 29,559 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 19,706 miles
  • Elite Qualifying Dollars: $3,941
  • Elite Qualifying Dollars / Spend Ratio: 3.36x

Collect the miles. This is enough for GOLD Status with American Airlines, giving you one free checked bag for at least 13 months of travel.

How to Buy:

1) Select Advance Search

 

2) Select “Hotels dates different than flight dates”. We like this option since we basically will throw away the hotel stay and book the cheapest hotel here possible.  In advance search, the options for flights are only “Economy, Business or First Class”. Pick any one of those and run your search. Flight + Hotel packages requires a minimum of 3 nights. So just make sure to pick a hotel stay with a minimum of 4 days / 3 nights.

 

3) On the search results page, select “Modify Search” to search again for “Premium Economy”

 

4) On the Modify Search screen, you will see a drop down for “Premium Economy”

 

5) You want to sort the search results by Price: Lowest to Highest

6) Confirm on the payment screen that you are getting a * fare. Only * fares will earn based on Distance and thus maximizing your elite qualifying dollars and mileage. If the result does not have a *, then you will only earn 3,500 miles versus 19,076. A huge difference.

 

 

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[Business Class] Delta: Dallas / Charlotte / Philadelphia – Bogota, Colombia. $530. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A good sale to Bogota.

Unlike most US airlines to Bogota, Delta use Delta One equipped planes between the US and Bogota. You will have a lie-flat seat for the international segment.

(Originally sent to our Premium subscribers on August 26th, 2021 at 3:05PM)

Bogota, Colombia – Photo: César Augusto P. González via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Dallas
  • February 24th – March 2nd, 2021
  • This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from mid January 2021 – early March 2021 for Monday through Thursday departures and returns.. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 21 days in advance of departure
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

Fare Class:

  • Z

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $433

Seat Type:

  • Domestic Segments: Recliner
  • International Segments: Lie-flat

Direct Aisle Access:

  • Domestic Segments: No
  • International Segments: Yes. (Boeing 767)

Routing:

  • DFW – ATL (Atlanta) – BOG (Bogota) – ATL – DFW

Mileage:

  • Miles Flown: 5,666 miles
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 8,499 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 2,165 miles

How to Buy:

 

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[Business Class] Aeromexico: Las Vegas / Los Angeles / San Francisco – Madrid, Spain. $1,406. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A good sale to Madrid.

(Originally sent to our Premium subscribers on August 21st, 2021)

Madrid, Spain – Photo: Bobo Boom via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Los Angeles
  • March 15th – 22nd, 2021
  • This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from January 2021 – mid March 2021. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 28 days in advance of departure.
    • Also available from late March 2021 – early July 2021 for an extra $150 or so
    • No availability from Los Angeles in January 2021
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

Fare Class:

  • I

Seat Type:

  • US – Mexico City: Recliner
  • Mexico City -> Madrid: Lie-flat

Direct Aisle Access:

  • Within the US: No. Planes are 2 x 2 seat configuration
  • US – Madrid: Yes. 1 x 2 x 1 seat configuration

Routing:

  • LAX – MEX (Mexico City) – MAD (Madrid) – MEX – LAX

Mileage:

Aeromexico is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance and Delta partner. Mileage earning with Delta is as follows:

  • Miles Flown: 14,358 miles
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 28,716 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 21,537 miles
  • Elite Qualifying Dollars: $5,743
  • Elite Qualifying Dollars / Spend Ratio: 4.08x

How to Buy:

  • Support us by using our Expedia link to book with dates found on Google Flights.
    • If you are crediting to Delta, sometimes it does not credit correctly or at all. Our advice is to take a screencap like we done here with the fare class explicitly shown. Expedia is better for this than booking via Aeromexico because it shows the booking class – better to show Delta should you need to file a missing mileage credit request with them

 

 

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