I’ve been looking for some mileage run opportunities on American to redeem my systemwide upgrades for this year and get a head start on requalifying for Executive Platinum status, and I think there’s finally something great, but I’m just trying to figure out to which degree to take advantage of this.
Per this FlyerTalk thread, American has published under $700 fares between Frankfurt and Rio de Janeiro via the US. Slightly higher fares are also available out of Dusseldorf and also to Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.
The fare seems to require a Saturday night minimum stay and be valid for a maximum stay of 30 days, with travel having to commence by May.
You can use ITA Matrix to search for space pretty easily.
You can do anything from a simple routing between Frankfurt and Rio de Janeiro via Dallas in both directions, to a more complicated routing from Frankfurt to Sao Paulo via London and Dallas with the new 777-300ER on both longhaul segments.
I’m really struggling with pulling the trigger on this one. This is an amazing fare that can be flown in relative comfort using systemwide upgrades, though obviously the positioning costs for Frankfurt are huge. And while I don’t mind positioning, at that point I feel like I should do multiple of these trips in order to justify it, though at that point I feel like it’s sufficiently exhausting that I’m better off just sticking to domestic mileage runs.
Anyone else thinking of taking advantage of one of these fares, and if so, how do you plan on positioning to Frankfurt?
I doubt this fare will be around for very long…