Great Fares In American A321 Transcon First Class!

American is the only airline to offer a three cabin product on their transcontinental routes between New York and Los Angeles/San Francisco. The A321T first class cabin consists of 10 reverse herringbone seats, spread across five rows in a 1-1 configuration. There’s something sort of surreal about having both an aisle and a window on a narrowbody plane.

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American A321T First Class

It’s an extremely sleek, private, and comfortable product.

At the moment it’s available for less than $1,200 roundtrip between New York and Los Angeles!

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Interestingly this fare is literally $1 more in each direction than the business class fare.

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Meanwhile tickets between New York and San Francisco are available for ~$130 more roundtrip.

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First class space is wide open, though note the following restrictions associated with the ticket:

  • Valid for travel through February 29, 2016
  • Tickets must be purchased at least 30 days before departure
  • A Sunday night minimum stay is required

Also keep in mind that this fare would qualify for American’s premium cabin bonus available throughout 2015, including the following:

As an Executive Platinum member you’d earn 9,900 Elite Qualifying Points roundtrip, plus ~36,375 redeemable miles. If you value those redeemable miles at 1.8 cents each, that’s ~$655 worth of miles alone.

That really is a fantastic fare, especially since it’s also valid for travel over the holidays, when economy fares are outrageously high.

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American A321T First Class

JetBlue has really disrupted the premium transcontinental market when they introduced Mint Class, with fares starting at just ~$1,200 roundtrip. That has caused the fares on the legacy carriers to go down significantly, and now United is even pulling out of the JFK to LAX/SFO market, and is switching all their flights to Newark, where they won’t have to compete as directly with JetBlue.

So American is basically matching JetBlue’s Mint Class prices for their three cabin first class product.

JetBlue-Mint

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JetBlue A321 Mint Class

Anyway, I suspect these fares won’t last, so if they interest you I’d recommend booking sooner rather than later. Keep in mind that American allows tickets to be placed on hold for 24 hours, so you can always lock in a ticket that way, if you’d like.

Do you plan on taking advantage of American’s great first class fares between NY and LA/SF?

(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)

Comments

  1. @lucky,

    I know a lot of you travel bloggers have been jumping ship to American, but when I used to fly them before switching to delta I found there service so so at best as well as the accommodations not as good as delta, I know everyone has been bashing delta calling it sky pesos lately but is it worth the switch? ALso I noticed they never had wi-fi (something ive drawn addicted to on flights) on average im traveling 75k miles a year at most… are the upgrades really more fluent? they seem like a cluster mess to me now… but next year is coming up and I’m wondering if its even worth it to switch because of the crossover with Starwood and such I feel im earning the best for my money but I could be wrong.

  2. Since these book into P class, they would not get Flagship Lounge or Flagship Check-in access. That requires the F or Z booking classes.

  3. FYI, for all the SkyTeam lovers out there, looks like Delta is matching in Delta One (at least for many sample dates I just tried). The hard product isn’t as good, but it’s still a deal.

  4. @Ryan – Damn. I was _almost_ considering this for a quick splurge trip to SFO, but if I do it I’d want to have the full experience and Flagship Lounge/Check-in would be part of that for me. If I decide to do that, I’d rather redeem the miles…

  5. Couldn’t find an itinerary I wanted for $1200 but managed to get one that fit my needs for $1400. With the bonus miles, makes it worth it. Thanks for the heads up!

  6. These have been published fares for at least 2-3 weeks now. Been monitoring it for Thanksgiving flights. Been trying to justify pulling the trigger. Y is already crazy expensive so this isn’t much worse in comparison.

  7. @Ryan – My understanding is that one would get flagship lounge access based on flying first class on a transcon route. I do not believe you have to be on an F or Z fare. I have used flown using SWUs from J class, which I believe books into A, and have received FL access.

  8. @Ryan — To follow up on my previous comment, I believe a few years ago, it was true that you got FL on any transcon route but had to be in “full-fare” F. AA has since changed that policy such that anyone traveling in F receives FL access but only on JFK-LAX/SFO and LAX-MIA.

  9. @Andrew. You’re right. It looks like it did change for both FL and FCI. Any F ticket (save for employee travel) would get you access. My bad. @Rufo: go for it; you’ll have access.

  10. Last time I flew this route in F (on a red-eye connecting to Cathay F, spectacular) the service was impeccable. Both FAs were incredibly supportive of my quest to get obliterated on Gloria Ferrer (stoked they upgraded to Lanson) and DiSaronno. The male one was a total bro and the female one was super kind. Then they let me sleep fully flat until <5 minutes before landing, at which point the guy woke me up by waving an espresso under my nose that he let me keep until after landing. Great times, stoked to repeat them with these fares

  11. Poof!! Gone. Tried all 4 weeks in January and they are all now almost $1700.00 returning on a Monday or Tuesday.

  12. Thanks for the heads up! Just booked my wife and I in American F over the Christmas holiday to SFO for just shy of $1,350/pp RT. We used Citi TY points at 1.6 cents per mile for a pretty fantastic deal, especially since we are getting a bunch of AA miles in return for the revenue ticket.

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