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So I got in on the awesome fares to South America during American’s great fares that emerged around Valentine’s Day. I’m going to Easter Island, Chile in May. So excited. Round-trip in business/first class was a touch over $1,000. Check out this sweet itinerary:
So now I’m thinking of doing a status challenge on American Airlines.
You only need 10K points to get Platinum during a challenge, but there are reports that 20K will get you Executive Platinum.
Points are calculated as miles flown * fare class.
So 15,088 * 1.5 = 22,632.
Here’s the info I found:
Here are the LAN earning rates, by class, on American:
And the miles calculations:
I’ll also get 25K+ redeemable miles for another free domestic R/T at some point in the future based on the fare classes.
I’ve read that an Exec Plat status match is $250 – well worth it for the unlimited domestic upgrades and the 8 system-wide upgrades on ANY fare class. I’ll also earn 2 500-mile upgrade certificates on this trip (one for each 10K points earned), too.
So when I saw the fare and trip for the first time, I thought:
• EASTER ISLAND
• Exec Plat Status
• Eight system-wide upgrades
• Two upgrade certs
• Free domestic R/T
• and all in biz and first class
Can’t beat that with a stick.
I think there are still goes good fares to Buenos Aires and Santiago. You can play around on the Matrix and see what comes up.
matrix.itasoftware.com –> such a good tool.
American’s giving Delta a run for their money (literally) with this one! Excited to experience their premium products. And if all goes according to plan, I may switch the bulk of my flying over to American. At least until the ahem, MERGER goes through.
Thoughts, anyone? Are my calculations correct?
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