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First Class Buenos Aires to DC

First Class Buenos Aires to DC

  1. jmurray20

    Hi All! First let me say this is an amazing website and community, thanks for all the information sharing and tips and tricks.

    I remember reading a bunch of posts a while ago about getting first class international travel for around 75k miles on the One World Alliance, especially when traveling on 1-2 days notice. Unfortunately, I can’t find those posts and not sure how best to do this, and hoping someone can help me out.

    I have a very flexible schedule and would like to fly first class from Buenos Aires to DC. I currently have:

    273,000 American Airlines miles
    165,000 Ultimate Rewards Points
    49,000 Thank You points

    I would be eternally grateful if someone could tell me the best way to make this trip for the fewest amount of points. One specific question I have is if I use my AA points, do I book through the AA website or the website of the alliance member, like Latam?

    Thanks so much, and hope everyone is having a great new year!

    Jon

  2. rickyw

    Jon –

    Would you settle for business class or is your heart set on first? (As far as I know), AA is the only US airline to offer first class to South America, and you’d connect in Miami or JFK. They charge 160,000 miles one way, if there is saver availability. 190,000 for standard awards.

    United flies through Houston, but it is on an old 777. Someone with better knowledge on United could chime in if they still have GlobalFirst or if it’s just Polaris now?

    If there is availability on LATAM, you could book that with your AA miles by calling. But, that would only be business class (they don’t have first).

  3. David W

    [USER=1436]@rickyw[/USER] Where’d you’d find 160k for one way first class US-South America?

    According to AA’s chart, it’s 85k miles for a one way first class ticket from US to Buenos Aires. You will have to connect in MIA, DFW or JFK though.

    Flights on AA can be booked online. Flights on LATAM have to be booked via calling AAdvantage. Use BA’s website to check for award space.

    UA flies there and you can transfer UR points to UA but I think AA and LATAM have the better hard products for business class

  4. rickyw

    Oops, sorry. Good catch [USER=29]@David W[/USER]

    I misread the chart.

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  5. jmurray20

    [QUOTE=”rickyw, post: 24658, member: 1436″]Oops, sorry. Good catch [USER=29]@David W[/USER]

    I misread the chart.

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    Ah, interesting. Is there a huge difference between business and first?

    I tried looking for Latam flights on BA but only BA flights came up, all going through London. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    Is there a difference between Latam and AA? One better than the other?

    Thanks so much to you both!

  6. jmurray20

    Just did some googling, definitely on to go business class. Disregard that question!

    [QUOTE=”jmurray20, post: 24664, member: 846″]Ah, interesting. Is there a huge difference between business and first?

    I tried looking for Latam flights on BA but only BA flights came up, all going through London. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    Is there a difference between Latam and AA? One better than the other?

    Thanks so much to you both![/QUOTE]

  7. Daniel B

    This September we flew to Buenos Aires via MIA on AA metal (reverse herringbone configuration like on CX). The AA hard product was very good. The service was average for US carriers. I looked at the 2 First class rows when we boarded, it looked very similar, so I would personally not pay more miles for that (but that is just my opinion). The thing to pay attention to is that parts of these routes (US-Buenos Aires r/t) are operated by planes with a somewhat different configuration, that is every other row is backward-facing in Business class. That can be a problem for many people because of the disorientation it might cause. But that is very clearly shown on the seat map.

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