Programs: AA EXP, BA Gold, AR Platino, UA Plat, TK Gold, SPG Gold, Hyatt Plat, IHG Plat, Accor Plat
Optimizing AA stop-over on LIM-JFK award ticket
I am going to Machu Picchu and mostly used BA Avios to get there and back from JFK. Unfortunately, there was no availability on the last leg, LIM-JFK, so I decided to pay 60K AA miles for anytime award for LIM-MIA-JFK routing. Not ideal, but those things happen.
The other day I was checking one-way price for MIA-JFK flight and noticed it's only $100. It got me thinking if I should change MIA-JFK part to a stopover sometime in the future and pay $100 out of pocket. It will also require getting to MIA for that trip, so say another $100-150.
Looking for suggestions where to go using this stopover:
1) Hawaii: should I route to HNL or OGG? Which carrier has the best premium cabin? AA?
2) Vancouver (get some skiing)
3) Cool destination within USA.