American Airlines Premium Transcon Awards Wide Open In 2021 At 38% Below Saver Prices

Traditionally the hardest domestic awards are first class Hawaii and premium cabin awards between New York and the West Coast. However when United Airlines announced a return to New York JFK, business class awards were wide open every day for flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

American Airlines is getting in on the business class award party for premium cross country flights, too, with New York JFK – Los Angeles wide open throughout 2021 offering business class awards at good prices for groups of travelers.

  • The saver award one-way price between New York JFK and Los Angeles for a business class premium lie flat transcon is supposed to be 32,500 miles.

  • Yet for most of 2021, January through end of schedule with a lull in July, most days there are flights with at least four business class award seats available at even lower prices.

As you can see on this award calendar there’s plenty of days with availability at 20,000 miles per passenger:

This isn’t ‘all flights’ but since travel is so far out and schedules have been in flux – including how many flights per day are operated – there’s also good chances of schedule changes between now and then, even if it’s just the 6 a.m. on a given day book it and use a schedule change later to ask for the flight you’d prefer to travel on. (Of course there might not be a change, in which case you’d have to be willing to take the flight but American AAdvantage has also eliminated cancel and redeposit fees.)

Another piece of good news. While American Airlines doesn’t make this easy to search on its own website anymore, where there are business class awards priced below saver pricing there’s also usually business class saver award availability too. That’s important if you’re looking to use miles from a partner frequent flyer program, such as Alaska’s Mileage Plan or British Airways Executive Club, to redeem for these seats.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. First Class Premium Transcons were 32,500 one way originally for some time after launching After inreasing in redemption costs I stopped flying it.It was good but not that good.
    Jet Blue Mint was much less money than American Premium service and better for business class and as good or better than Americans First Class .The more American over charges for awards like Delta the more I’ll buy the best product and avoid them both altogether
    Having said that 20k in miles is a very fair price but it still doesn’t excuse them for charging 450k to Tokyo! And you know that due to the virus those east coast west markets are dead right now so they are moving dead inventory
    Why can’t they be fair year round and establish old world loyalty again like the good old days pre Doug Parker?
    Make American mile currency great again lol Sorry if that sound political 😉 🙂

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