Thursday, February 4, 2016 by John @laptoptravel
So following up after our incredible “Houston to Hong Kong $589 and 17246 EQMs at 3.4CPM (Potential of 34492) Miles American Airlines Elite Mileage Run” post from yesterday, here is yet another American Airlines Mileage Run for you AAdvantage members (or wannabees.)
Here is a chance to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico in a quick two flight out and two back mileage run. This one is priced at a great $304 for Los Angeles to New York’s JFK airport and on the San Juan. You can do an overnight with just a few hours layover or stay one, two…heck you can stay a week on some of these dates.
Although you are flying in ‘Q’ fare class you still earn your Elite Qualifying Miles as shown:
In addition, Executive Platinum and Platinum members will earn a 100% bonus and Gold members will earn a 25% bonus, based on the flight miles or minimum miles guaranteed, when traveling with American Airlines.
Elite Mileage Bonus Benefits
Executive Platinum 100%
So that makes your redeemable miles even more rewarding on this itinerary.
This could be a great time to contact American Airlines and request a status challenge, if you have not already achieved status with the airline. Currently the only way I know of to begin, or enter this challenge is to call American Airlines. You can call them at (888) 697-5636. The cost for the Platinum Challenge is $200 and the Gold Challenge is less at $100.
As you can see from the calendars and flight schedules I have posted you have a lot of options! The easiest way to book this is to use the link I have provided you below:
*NOTE: Make sure you sign into your AAdvantage Account before you click on this booking link.
The tightest schedule gets you into San Juan at about 1:00 am and then you can depart as early as 8:00am the same day for your return. That’s quick for so many EQM’s!
If you have any Systemwide Upgrades from American you might choose to use them on the LAX-JFK or JFK-LAX segments. If you have status on American, you might be fortunate to get upgraded on the JFK-SJU or SJU-JFK segments as these are primarily vacation routes; not business.
The TRANSCON flights are the longest segments, at about 6 hours, and the flights between San Juan and New York are about 4 hours.
Anyway here are the numbers:
EQM’s: 8145 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM’s)
RDM’s: 16290 for Executive Platinum and Platinum Elites, 10,181 for Gold Elites
Ticket Price: $303
Cost: 3.7 Cents Per Mile (CPM)
We hope you enjoy this great find!
I think American is really kicking it when it comes to some great mileage runs and competitive fares! With the mileage bonuses for elites, it is almost too good to turn down; especially if you go for a status challenge. The mileage runs we post are excellent vehicles for you to meet your status requirements. Be advised, however, that American’s award chart changes for travel booked on or after March 22nd of this year and they will be going to a revenue-based earnings program (almost identical to Delta’s) in the “latter half of 2016.”
I am really excited about the possibilities for big Mileage Runs as American is sure to take Delta on more aggressively this year and as posturing for the Asia markets increases.