This gem of an AFF Insight is aimed at all those who partake in the practice of purchasing American Airlines AAdvantage miles (at a discount when they are "on sale") and then redeem them for cheap Business/ First class travel on oneworld carriers. We realize that not all our readers are familiar with is practice or may choose not to participate. But it is becoming increasing popular and you can get to travel up in the pointy end for not much more than an Economy ticket!
Our long-term and every-helpful member anat0l
summarises the dollar cost of Premium travel using the technique described above.
Methodology of calculating prices is based on 2.00972 US cents per mile, which is what you would've paid based on AA's 2012 Christmas period promotion (buy and get 50% more; annual purchase limit lifted to 60k). This unit cost includes the sales taxes associated with mileage purchase. The cost of ancillary taxes, fees and surcharges based on itineraries are, of course, not included in prices below. Prices are in US Dollars ($), rounded to nearest whole dollar
Full details are available in anat0l
's post, but here is a taste of what he discovers:
- Australia to North America, First Class, Return - $2,914
- Australia to Europe, Business Class, Return - $2,412
But it's not as straight forward as purchasing a regular ticket. As anat0l
You can't look a price up, say, "OK, I've got this money. Here you go - give me a ticket." This is the indicative price to buy the miles required to get the award. Then you take your miles, book with AA, pay other fees and taxes, and there's your ticket. One should also note that unlike US, AA imposes limits on the number of miles you can purchase per calendar year. It could take you years to accumulate the required mileage.
Our members are most appreciative
- been buying and burning AA Miles for Mrs Paddy and I the past 4 years after reading various posts on AFF - what a find this has been . For somewhere between Y & PE cost you get J return to Europe, and for about PE you get First! Where can you go wrong?
Wonderful thread anat0l
thanks a bunch for going to the trouble to post. As a relative newcomer to AA (have been crediting for a while but haven't looked at redemptions yet) this information is awesome.
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