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Old Sep 11, 17, 9:15 pm   #1
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Hurricane Fares: AA LAX-MIA, DL LAX/SEA-MCO 2.8-2.9cpm

Plenty of reasons not to book flights like this, including:
1) Many airports still closed due to hurricane damage; even if open, consider the destruction may have an ongoing impact flight operations or life in general
2) Ethics of booking Mileage Runs under fares intended to support hurricane victims
3) Etc.

...but there's no point pretending the fares don't exist, and you can make your own decisions on the points above... or simply take advantage of these low fares for reasons other than mileage runs.

AA has LAX-MIA for $99, booking into Y class = 3513 EQM --> 2.82 CPEQM
DL has SEA-MCO for $113, booking into Y class = 3831 MQM --> 2.95 CPMQM
DL has LAX-MCO for $113, booking into Y class = 3327 MQM --> 3.40 CPMQM

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Old Sep 11, 17, 9:32 pm   #2
  
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Also $99 one way on SEA-MIA, redeye on the outbound, on AA https://goo.gl/flights/TsxK
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Old Sep 11, 17, 10:42 pm   #3
  
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AA has LAX-MIA for $99, booking into Y fares = 3513 EQM --> 2.82 CPEQM
Y Fare as in fully flexible?
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Old Sep 12, 17, 6:17 am   #4
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LAX-MIA is as low as $79 o/w Tue/Wed/Sat now.
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Old Sep 12, 17, 6:32 am   #5
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Y Fare as in fully flexible?
For the most part, no. These book into Y class to take advantage of last seat availability, but most of the fares I found are not actually flexible. Check the fare rules before purchase if that is a concern.
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Old Sep 12, 17, 11:14 am   #6
  
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For the most part, no. These book into Y class to take advantage of last seat availability, but most of the fares I found are not actually flexible. Check the fare rules before purchase if that is a concern.
Thank you for clarifying. I was a bit confused when you mentioned Y 'fares' vs. Y 'class'. I was hoping for the bonus miles and flexibility at that price
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Old Sep 12, 17, 11:39 am   #7
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Thank you for clarifying. I was a bit confused when you mentioned Y 'fares' vs. Y 'class'. I was hoping for the bonus miles and flexibility at that price
Well, you do get the bonus miles, but not the flexibility.
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ehh, are these basic economy fares? I just jumped online, and the fares, at least to LAX, are $150 in BE and $250 in main
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Old Sep 12, 17, 2:08 pm   #9
  
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These book into Y class to take advantage of last seat availability
As the OP mentioned each person will have their own ethical stance on this, but keep in mind that these fares are designed to get people home to Florida, and get family/friends down there to help out.

IMO it's one thing to book a great sale months in advance, or even take advantage of a mistake fare when some airline doesn't understand how decimal places work. It's quite another to be taking the last seat from somebody that needs to get back to take care of their damaged home, dead pet, or destroyed business. So if you're thinking about this just for the EQM, I'd urge you to at least think twice.
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Old Sep 12, 17, 2:19 pm   #10
  
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These fares earn just .5 EQM for the AA flights. Booking the main cabin fares costs almost twice as much as basic economy price.

I hope this is not an example of what is to come for American Basic Economy, otherwise this will really suck for AA mileage runners.

Hurricane "Basic Economy" has arrived.

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Old Sep 12, 17, 2:40 pm   #11
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These fares earn just .5 EQM for the AA flights. Booking the main cabin fares costs almost twice as much as basic economy price.

I hope this is not an example of what is to come for American Basic Economy, otherwise this will really suck for AA mileage runners.

Hurricane "Basic Economy" has arrived.
The $79 LAX-MIA fares on AA are Basic Economy, but the $99 fares are not, at least through 9/17. That is when the hurricane fares seem to expire on AA.
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The $79 LAX-MIA fares on AA are Basic Economy, but the $99 fares are not, at least through 9/17. That is when the hurricane fares seem to expire on AA.
Ah okay you are right. The $99 one does book into Y fare until 9/17

It seems that you can also book this on AAvacations with Y* fare which would qualify for 20% EQD. This actually would be fairly decent and earn over 1000 EQD RT.
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Old Sep 12, 17, 3:03 pm   #13
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Ah okay you are right. The $99 one does book into Y fare until 9/17

It seems that you can also book this on AAvacations with Y* fare which would qualify for 20% EQD. This actually would be fairly decent and earn over 1000 EQD RT.
Or via Citi ThankYou portal, if you just want the flight.
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As the OP mentioned each person will have their own ethical stance on this, but keep in mind that these fares are designed to get people home to Florida, and get family/friends down there to help out.
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In the wake of two unprecedented hurricanes, you can also argue the ethics of mileage runs, which are carbon-expensive trips that serve little purpose, burn fossil fuels, and cause harmful emissions.
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In the wake of two unprecedented hurricanes, you can also argue the ethics of mileage runs, which are carbon-expensive trips that serve little purpose, burn fossil fuels, and cause harmful emissions.
The planes are flying anyway, the couple of thousand people that may go one one mileage run per year really aren't harming the environment any more.
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