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Any way to use AA miles for J to South America?
Hello. I would like to take a trip to Argentina and Uruguay next summer, and I have a ton of AA miles. However, so far as I can tell AA does not have a single premium-cabin (saver) award seat on any of their flights to EZE, MVD, or even GRU from now until next October. Is there some trick to finding these? Is TAM an option? (I don’t know if aa.com shows award availability for them or not.)
I also searched on expertflyer to see if upgrading with miles was an option, but there also does not seem to be any C-class availability on any of these flights, ever. It wouldn’t be ideal, anyway, since economy tickets cost in the neighborhood of $1300 RT and it’s 50K miles plus $700 to upgrade. I’m beginning to think that the best actually obtainable price is the 110K miles one-way they charge for AAnytime Level 1.
LATAM as it’s now called, the merger of TAM and LAN is an option. They have good availability, at least on a route I was looking at awhile back, GRU-MIA but couldn’t get a valid connection without staying in Miami. LAN is an option too.
You have to call AA as these don’t come online. Or find the availability on BA or ExpFlyer and call.
American seems to be in a period where they aren’t releasing any space.
OK, I searched on BA and there’s still very little availability, although I did find a couple of days with availability on TAM on the MIA-GRU route. But only two seats and only on one day the whole month in each direction. Do they typically open up more seats as it gets closer to departure? Or is July just really difficult? (I thought it would be easier in their winter.)
It is their winter but people on from the US are still traveling because it is vacation time for a lot of folks :). I haven’t seen any definitive data on LATAM release windows.