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With airline loyalty programs becoming significantly less rewarding for frequent flyers, the good news is that discounted premium cabin fares are also cheaper than ever before. So rather than being blindly loyal to an airline, nowadays you’re often better off just outright purchasing the business class ticket you want, rather than dealing with the hassle of miles.
In the case of American, they don’t award miles as generously as before, and American Executive Platinum members also only get four systemwide upgrades per year rather than the eight they got in the past.
With that in mind, there are fewer upgrades to go around than before, which is why I think cheap business class fares are also worth pointing out more than before.
American has some fantastic business class fares for travel between Toronto and China (including both Beijing and Shanghai), starting at ~$1,700 roundtrip.
The basic terms are as follows:
- 3 day minimum stay required and six month maximum stay
- 50 day advance purchase requirement
- Valid for travel starting in November through the end of the schedule
- Outbound travel must occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays
Fares to Beijing start at ~$1,720 roundtrip:
Meanwhile fares to Shanghai start at ~$1,870 roundtrip:
Eligible flights to China are operated by Boeing 787 aircraft, featuring fully flat seats with direct aisle access.
These fares are eligible for 200% elite qualifying mileage accrual with American AAdvantage, while they’re eligible for 150% elite qualifying and redeemable mileage accrual with Alaska Mileage Plan.
Ultimately positioning to Toronto is pretty easy. Be sure you use your Citi Prestige® Card on the purchase, so you earn triple points on airfare, and also get great travel protection in the case of irregular operations.
Ultimately the Delta fare I posted about earlier today is probably objectively a bit better, though I think the preference will come down to where people are based, where they want to travel to, and also whether they prefer oneworld or SkyTeam miles.
Does anyone plan on taking advantage of one of these great American fares to China?
(Tip of the hat to BigJC on FlyerTalk)