American and Delta appear to be in a fare war that will not last long. These are not mistake fares, but deep discount business class fares that each airline is aiming at the others’ hub markets.
They’re 21 day advance purchase fares require departure Tuesday through Saturday and return Saturday through Wednesday. The American and US Airways fares allow travel through December 15, while Delta appears to allow travel through end of schedule.These fares require return no earlier than 7 days from departure.
You can fly American from:
You can fly Delta from:
- Los Angeles
Interestingly, Charlotte is not included — and neither is New York which is a significant market for both airlines. (Los Angeles is significant for both as well, yet it’s included in the Delta fare. And I guess American realizes what the rest of us now do, too, that Cincinnati is no longer a hub and Salt Lake isn’t a ‘real’ hub. But come on, American, where’s the Seattle fare?)
Here’s a calendar of availability for May on American out of Atlanta:
And an American Sao Paulo itinerary from Atlanta:
You Can Upgrade Business Class “I” Fares With Miles/Cash or eVIP to American’s Flagship First Class
These American fares book into ‘I’ and qualify for the 2015 premium cabin bonus miles for discounted business class.
Here’s a sample Delta LAX itinerary:
These discounted itineraries will, of course, only earn mileage based on the fare with Delta.
(HT: FCF via Matt)