A Trick to Save on American Airlines Business and First Class Flights

There’s an interesting discovery going on right now on FlyerTalk, where folks have found a way to save on American Airlines premium airfares using AA Vacations.

Here’s the idea – if you book your flights through AA Vacations as a package, you save drastically off of what would be available on AA.com. In a nutshell, AA Vacation pull inventory from a different fare bucket than what’s available on the AA.com website, so you’re able to find some really great deals.

Limited Time Offers Up To 50,000 Points

I searched for JFK to Madrid – here’s the process step by step.

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In all honesty, you might as well stay at the hotel since it’s included, and makes this deal ever better, but you’re under no obligation to do so. The reservation for the hotel is separate from the airline reservation, so if you no-show, there’s no impact on your flights.

I then looked up the price of the reservation on American’s website, and found it nearly $700 more. Wow!


So, this won’t work on every routing or city pair. I’ve tested it, and you’ll mostly find it for oneworld hub routes, with some other additions. My suggestion is to test it out and see what you find.

Some tips:

  • No, there’s no link that will take you to the AA Vacations website where you can get cash back.
  • No, you can’t use the AARP discount.
  • Yes, you will still earn all miles, enjoy elite benefits, and earn elite credit.
  • Yes, I would call the hotel to let them know you won’t be coming if you don’t plan on going there.
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Have you found any good business or first class sales using AA Vacations instead of the regular AA website?


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  1. shaun says

    Is there a way on the website to to do a multi city itinerary? I’m doing Italy next year and want to fly into rome & out of venice. Thanks

    • says

      Try searching for the same fare on AA.com. It will come out much more expensive. Use AA vacations, don’t use the hotel room, and you’ll still come out ahead and be cheaper.

  2. Jay says

    We just booked to Paris on Business (I) through this site. Even with a five star hotel for two weeks it’s still $500 cheaper than airfare only through AA.com.

    Great stuff

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