British Airways charges 7500 points each way for non-stop flights on American or Alaska Airlines up to 1150 miles.
American Airlines Coach — Survivable as an Executive Platinum with Extra Legroom and Snacks/Drinks
Alaska Airlines sells its front cabin as ‘first class’ even though by world standards it’s business class.
- Business class would cost 15,000 points each way (2x coach)
- But first class costs 30,000 points each way (4x coach)
American Airlines is also selling its forward cabin as first class through January 10.
Baltimore – Miami is 946 miles:
As a result, American Airlines first class costs 30,000 miles one-way right now.
Effective with flights starting January 11, while American is still calling its premium cabin first class, they’re using business class fare buckets.
As a result British Airways appears to be going from charging 30,000 points one-way to charging just 15,000 for flights up to 1150 miles.
This could just be a temporary phenomenon, they might choose to re-align their pricing to match the fiction that American Airlines premium cabin is a ‘first class’ product as it’s called. But for now British Airways awards for American Airlines forward cabin flights up to 2000 miles cost just double the cost of coach (flights from 1151 miles to 2000 miles in length are 10,000 miles for coach and 20,000 for business).
American Airlines Domestic First Class
Right now there’s not a ton of domestic first class award or upgrade space available on American, period. The update to booking classes ran over this past weekend, so hopefully that situation is temporary although there was a rumor before the changeover that it wouldn’t be.
(HT: Lee W.)