Book Now, Ask Questions Later: Incredible Premium Cabin Award Deals Available Now

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Airlines must sense how close people are to feeling comfortable to travel again—they're lobbing deals at us left and right! Over the last week, we've seen numerous fares that can only be described as incredible.

Whether you're ready to start traveling now or just feeling optimistic for the rest of 2021, we wanted to make sure you knew what's out there. So, we've rounded up the best of the bunch. Between trips to South America, Hawaii, or London in Delta One, AA Flagship First, or Aeromexico economy—there's something here for everyone.

New York to Colombia Using Delta SkyMiles

For anyone dreaming of traveling to South America, Delta's currently offering unbelievable deals to Bogota (the capital of Colombia) from New York using SkyMiles. Starting this fall and running through the end of 2020, Economy and Comfort+ itineraries go for as little as 5,000 SkyMiles each way:

Obviously, you should opt for Comfort+ if the price is the same. Just note that most options include a stopover in Mexico City and a segment operated by Aeromexico.

Business-class availability is slightly less widespread, though the rates are almost as good. Starting July through late fall, you can book business class tickets for as little as 12,000 SkyMiles each way:

Again, most of these options involve a stopover in Mexico City; the direct Delta route typically costs double the price. However, the return departing from Bogota offers several dates where you can snag the direct route for the same price:

Delta operates a Boeing 767-300 equipped with its legacy Delta One product (not its newest “Delta One Suites” product) for this 5.5-hour flight. Still, it's a perfectly comfortable lie-flat business-class product. Moreover, at 12,000 miles each way, you can't beat the price.

Fly to Cancun on Delta First Class

Here's a great option for Pacific Northwesterners longing for some fun in the sun. Delta currently offers a variety of SkyMiles deals to beach destinations from Seattle. Perhaps the most intriguing of these options are first-class itineraries from Seattle to Cancun. Through mid-May, these go for as little as 10,000 SkyMiles one-way!

That's a fabulous price for a nearly 6-hour first-class flight.

New York to Chile in American Airlines Premium Economy

Hopping back over the East Coast, there's an incredible cash fare for round-trip AA itineraries from New York to Santiago, Chile. Initially, these flights were priced for as little as $290 round-trip in Premium Economy. Unfortunately, availability has since shrunk and prices increased.

Thankfully, what's left still ain't half bad either. I'm still able to find lots of availability for the same itinerary and class of service through this summer for less than $500 round trip:

Ultra-low cash fares like this can also present a fantastic opportunity to use the travel portals offered by flexible award currency.

For example, if you hold the Chase Sapphire Reserve®, your Ultimate Rewards points are worth 1.5¢ apiece for travel booked through Chase Travel. That means you could book the same itinerary as above for just under 33,000 Ultimate Rewards points total:

On the other hand, you could potentially save even more by using Amex Membership Rewards.

If you have the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express and you've selected American Airlines as your preferred airline, you can receive a 35% rebate on all AA flights paid with points. Even better, Amex Travel often offers slightly discounted fare prices with certain airlines. Put the two together, and you end up with this:

After the 35% points rebate, the same itinerary will end up just under 31,000 Membership Rewards points.

Finally, remember that flights booked via a travel portal like this earn miles as well! Depending on the route, American Airlines AAdvantage members can walk away from this trip with over 17,000 Elite Qualifying Miles!

Fly American Airlines Flagship First

Over the last year, AA's come out with several amazing Web Special offers for its Flagship First product. (You can see the previous deals I wrote about here and here.) So now that I saw other premium-class Web Specials floating around, I knew there were bound to be some good deals for Flagship First.

American Airlines currently operates a reduced schedule for its aircraft equipped with the Flagship First product. That means that we're limited in what markets we can search for it. Thankfully, once you're familiar with the routes, it's pretty easy to find the deals.

The trips to focus on are itineraries to/from London and Sao Paulo as well as transcontinental trips across the U.S. (like Los Angeles to New York or Miami). This is the pricing I'm currently seeing through the rest of the year:

  • Flagship First to/from London (LHR) — 72,000 miles
  • Flagship First to/from Sao Paulo (GRU) — 60,500 miles
  • Transcon Flagship First — 55,000 miles

Here are a few examples:

Chicago to London

Nashville to London

Boston to Sao Paulo

Jacksonville to Sao Paulo

Los Angeles to London via New York City

The following itinerary is especially interesting since it features two flights in Flagship First in the same itinerary!

Fly to Hawaii in American Airlines First Class

Who couldn't use a trip to Hawaii right about now? Although Hawaii still follows relatively strict COVID-19 protocol, it could be worth the trouble for a little Hawaiian R&R. Still not convinced? Perhaps a lucrative AA Web Special in first class will change your mind.

Through the end of the schedule, AA loyalists can book first-class flights to several Hawaiian destinations for as little as 45,000 miles per way. Even better, AA seems to offer this pricing nearly every day from nearly every U.S. departure city!

Atlanta to Kahului

Fly one-stop from Atlanta to Maui for 45K miles nearly any day in August!

Denver to Honolulu

Fly first class from Denver to Honolulu for 45K miles any day in May.

While 45,000 miles per way is a solid deal, it's also important to point out a few things:

  • These are Web Specials, American Airline's dynamically-priced award option. They come with more restrictions than regular award redemptions.
  • More often than not, American Airlines reserves the least expensive awards for the least desirable itineraries. Meaning you may have to sift through the search results to find the best options.
  • Speaking of best options, American Airlines operates widebody aircraft with lie-flat seats for many Hawaii-bound flights departing from Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD), and Dallas (DFW). If that matters to you, look for routes connecting or flying directly from these airports.

Bottom Line

There are all kinds of great fare deals floating around at the moment. I don't know whether it's due to airlines attempting to jumpstart the post-COVID travel craze—or simply a desperate attempt to fill seats. Either way, if you're interested in traveling sometime this year, a fantastic deal could be just a few clicks away.

Keep in mind, also, that most airlines recently introduced incredibly flexible change/cancellation policies—particularly for award redemptions. That means that even if you're not sure whether you'll be able to take a trip, you'll most likely have the ability to cancel or change it with limited repercussions. Translation: book first, ask questions later!

Are there any other lucrative fare deals that you've seen recently? If so, let me know in the comments.

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    Thanks for alerting us to some great deals, but just way too much uncertainty right now.

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    Some of these look like really nice deals! First class Seattle-Cancun for 10,000 SkyMiles is very tempting .. but not sure about planning a May trip yet.

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    I am looking for some AA redemption promotion and plan a trip next year.

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    que bueno las promociones que ofrece la empresa, voy a aprovecharlas cuando me lo permita la pandemia. Tengo bastantes millas por viajes ya realizados y espero poder obtener un pasaje de premio pronto.

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    Appreciative of the effort that went into this!! As someone now scheduled for the COVID vaccine, I have been looking at working on upcoming travel for the rest of 2021. The ideas for Hawaii and Columbia are especially intriguing!

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    Thanks for keeping us informed, AwardWallet. Oh, to think carefree, nonessential travel was a privilege I once took for granted.

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      The list of things we all took for granted runs on and on. Hopefully, folks can hold on to that perspective and gratitude in the years going forward. Because I do think this pandemic period will be quickly forgotten by most, as we snap back to most of our previous routines pretty easily.

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    These deals still do not look compelling enough to stimulate the average traveler to fly upfront….50K for 1st / 35-40K for Biz each way to Europe would be a better starting point if the airlines truly want to get folks interested again in flying later in the year.

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    Well, the tempting promotions cannot defy the strict travel bans that come with exorbitant quarantine and testing expenses.

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    This is very helpful. Looking forward to traveling soon.

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    All governments explicitly discourages people from traveling though 🙁

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    I like the title! Book now, ask questions later

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    wow, these are some incredible deals. thanks for sharing. I’m currently a UA Plat but i’ve been contemplating switching to OW and deals like these are making me consider this more and more.

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    Thanks for the heads up. There are also good cash prices available, for those who would like or need to earn points or status.

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    I’m looking to take a trip to Central America in the next six months, and will have a large stack of Chase/Amex/AAdvantage points from SUBs ready-to-burn. I’ll have to see what AA has on offer, since that’s my preferred airline with the Amex Plat this year. Thanks for the heads-up!

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    I have not found good business class fares for flights that I need to take for a cruise booked from Buenos Aires to Santiago in January 2022.

    The flights are mostly in the middle of the night and using points seem no better than what was offered before the pandemic. Yes there are deals to be had if you just want to fly for the sake of flying, but who does that in the middle of a pandemic.

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    I booked those AA Australia fares for 5,000 miles last year, but the pandemic hit before I could travel.

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      Same here. AA let me bump it out a couple of times, so we are currently scheduled for March/April 2021. No way that’s happening and AA isn’t moving it out any further for me. Sad!

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    Good Article

    A lot of us are stuck with a lot of Delta Sky miles and after two huge devaluations during the pandemic they are pretty worthless on the standard award chart – especially to Europe where you can still great deals with Avianca Life Miles during a transfer bonus like the 25 % Citi one that just

    Please continue to share award opportunities

    Grateful for any good Sky-Peso uses from SFO if anyone has some to share

    Caution : Avianca Life Miles is great and booking online and absolutely are sure of no changes (your bookjing close to departure booking)
    If you ever you have to call expect hours on hold and agents/systems that even a simple date change on same partner flight is beyond them. Reaching them within 24 hours of booking to change a flight originating in USA without fee is highly unlikely. Their web chat and WhatsApp chat channels are a farce. Contrary to claims on website and that you will hear hundreds of times while you sit on hold for many hours it is not possible to cancel and rebook a Star Alliance partner ticket online.

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      Agreed on the Delta situation. With these incredible short-haul DL-operated options, my wife and I have burned our SkyMiles balances on domestic and a Bahamas trip for late 2021. So weird to get such good value on a mileage program’s own metal for once!

      And thanks for the tips on LifeMiles. Agreed that they are great if you’re able to book your trip online and not have any changes. There’s a reason we are sitting on our LifeMiles for now :/

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    thx!

    per AA Tickets that include a Web Special award don’t allow changes, but you can cancel and reinstate your miles at no charge.

    No brainer for me if they have non stops or good options from PHX in May. Been vacc. too so hope they’ll figure out the right protocols by then …

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    I was looking at the BNA to London route and see AA is only a transfer partner of Bonvoy? I could have sworn they had at least one other transfer partner, have I missed something?
    Wanting to book a trip to EDI later in the year, could use BA miles for the 2nd leg of trip.