First class seat on American Airlines transcon - JFK-LAX/SFO

For years I’ve encouraged people to take advantage of a huge sweet spot in the Etihad Guest award chart.

The long and short of it was that you could book a Transcontinental First Class (3 cabin) flight on American Airlines (JFK/MIA/BOS-LAX/SFO) for just 25,000 Etihad Guest Miles.

It was *supposed* to be 32,500 per their award chart, but in reality I booked this a half dozen times, always for just 25,000 miles.

Etihad Guest miles can be transferred from both American Express Membership Rewards and Capital One Miles.

I don’t claim to have *found* the sweet spot, but I certainly popularlized it in some way – with countless HTs on Instagram for it.

I’d put out a couple of IG reels on the topic:


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In any event, Ben from One Mile at a Time reports on the new Etihad partner award chart which is distance based and *probably* will really charge First Class prices for First Class.

The new chart shows 50,000 miles in Business and 67,000 miles in First. Fine if you have Etihad Guest miles stored up, but hardly a deal. In fact, you’d often find AA’s own Websavers to be cheaper.

The only silver lining that ben notes is that you’ll be able to book the awards online – though that’s not that great if the award rate stinks.

So – you have TWO DAYS to book at the old rates, by phone – IF you can find Z award availability as I discuss on this article on locating American Airlines award seats available to partners.

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