American flyers, let’s work together here!
I need to fly about 70,000 more miles this year on American to requalify for Executive Platinum, so it’s time to start finding some decent international fares.
I was excited to notice last night that American has extended their double miles offers for both Shanghai and Tokyo Haneda.
For Shanghai, American is offering double redeemable miles on all coach fares for flights through August 31 on their new Los Angeles to Shanghai route for AAdvantage members that register with code LAPVG.
For Tokyo Haneda, American is offering double redeemable miles on all coach fares for flights through September 30 on their new New York to Tokyo Haneda route for AAdvantage members that register with code NYHND.
In both cases you can originate in cities other than Los Angeles or New York, though only the segments specified above would be eligible for the double miles.
If you’re a Platinum or Executive Platinum member, we’re talking about earning 300% of flown miles. That means a roundtrip between New York and Tokyo Haneda would earn over 40,000 redeemable miles, or a roundtrip between Los Angeles and Shanghai would earn over 38,000 redeemable miles. That doesn’t even include the positioning segments to Los Angeles or New York. So if I’m going to Shanghai out of Tampa, for example, I could fly Tampa to Miami to Los Angeles to Shanghai, and end up earning about 50,000 redeemable miles for the roundtrip.
The issue is, I can’t kind a single reasonable fare. Yeah, I’m not expecting any great fares for July, but I’m surprised I can’t even find anything halfway decent to Tokyo Haneda for September, especially post-earthquake.
In the fall, on other hand, I see fares from Los Angeles to San Francisco to Dallas to Chicago to Shanghai and back for $900 all-in. So maybe it’s not worth taking advantage of this offer just yet.
Anyone see reasonable fares to Shanghai or Tokyo that would take advantage of this promotion?