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(Business) AA: LAX-MIA-PTY (Panama City) $723 RT

(Business) AA: LAX-MIA-PTY (Panama City) $723 RT

Old Jul 7, 15, 10:05 am
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Thumbs up (Business) AA: LAX-JFK-MIA-PTY (Panama City) $723 RT, 18.8K EQP (3.7 CPP)

Some good availability for Aug - Dec travel (seems to work best with weekend departures). Not bad for business (recliner) especially if you need the EQP bonus.

Note: Wasn't able to get the fare fully working on Google Flights (will say fare unavailable) -- had to search again on AA website.

Edit 2: Better route is LAX-JFK-MIA-PTY and fit in a transcon lieflat on the A321T (9.4K EQM, 18.8K EQP , ~24K award miles) (only 14.1K count towards EXP challenge as those use base EQP)

This makes the cost per point around 4 cents depending on the weekend and cost per mile around 8 cents. Not too shabby for a premium cabin (lie flat only on the LAX-JFK leg; rest is recliners)

Only problem is potential overnight layovers (less of a problem if you fly LAX-MIA-PTY, but you get less miles).

Edit 3:
Originally Posted by wolf539 View Post
Edit 4:
Originally Posted by ChicagoDave View Post
FYI: IHG point breaks are live & the include the PTY airport Crowne Plaza. See the following thread for point break info:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/inter...ussion-53.html

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Old Jul 7, 15, 10:44 am
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Originally Posted by supermintyfresh View Post
Some good availability for Aug - Dec travel (seems to work best with weekend departures). Not bad for business (recliner) especially if you need the EQP bonus.

Note: Wasn't able to get the fare fully working on Google Flights -- had to search again on AA website.

Edit: RT around 7K EQM, 14K EQP (with the 2015 EQP bonus -- only 10K EQP applies for challenges)
Looks like it also books into First for $743 for Aug 29-31
https://www.google.com/flights/#sear...LAX0AA139;sc=f
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Old Jul 7, 15, 12:11 pm
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nice find. this fare comes and goes, it's nice when you can catch it.
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Old Jul 7, 15, 12:35 pm
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United SFO-PTY Sept&OCT $872 Frist

Lots of open dates in Sept & Oct, (only months I checked), & anywhere from
1-8 nt stays. Connecting in DEN or IAH.
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Old Jul 7, 15, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by supermintyfresh View Post
Some good availability for Aug - Dec travel (seems to work best with weekend departures). Not bad for business (recliner) especially if you need the EQP bonus.

Note: Wasn't able to get the fare fully working on Google Flights -- had to search again on AA website.

Edit: RT around 7K EQM, 14K EQP (with the 2015 EQP bonus -- only 10K EQP applies for challenges)
Try LAX-JFK-MIA-PTY r/t for $770. Non-challenge is 18,864 EQP at ~4.0 cents per point. Not bad.
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Old Jul 7, 15, 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by skunker View Post
Try LAX-JFK-MIA-PTY r/t for $770. Non-challenge is 18,864 EQP at ~4.0 cents per point. Not bad.
Nice! What dates? I'm only finding 1500 for that fare.

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Old Jul 7, 15, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by surftb15 View Post
Nice! What dates? I'm only finding 1500 for that fare.
Yes LAX-JFK is on lie-flats

https://www.google.com/flights/#sear...ORLD;c=MIA,JFK
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Old Jul 7, 15, 3:21 pm
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Originally Posted by snorLAX View Post
SOunds good but when I go to ticket it says "fare not available" and brings me back something 2x the price.
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Old Jul 7, 15, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by surftb15 View Post
SOunds good but when I go to ticket it says "fare not available" and brings me back something 2x the price.
Search again on AA.com. It was there.
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Old Jul 7, 15, 4:04 pm
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Similar fare from LAS too I think.
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Old Jul 7, 15, 4:50 pm
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Originally Posted by skunker View Post
Search again on AA.com. It was there.
Well it doesn't work for me.
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Old Jul 7, 15, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by surftb15 View Post
Well it doesn't work for me.
Doesn't work for me either. Shows up on Google flights but doesn't go through on AA.com. However, I was able to right it for the Return to go through JFK.

EDIT: With some editing on AA.com I was able to get it to work through JFK but it does double the cost for the times I want.

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Old Jul 7, 15, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by surftb15 View Post
Well it doesn't work for me.
Must be you.


Use the link on google flights; it will error out. Now, just change the cabin to business restricted on AA.com and search again.
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Old Jul 7, 15, 5:14 pm
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Yes I just got it to work. I had to add times.
Taking 2 day layovfer in NYC and 2 in Panama.
Has anyone been to Panama?
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Old Jul 7, 15, 7:04 pm
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Originally Posted by surftb15 View Post
Yes I just got it to work. I had to add times.
Taking 2 day layovfer in NYC and 2 in Panama.
Has anyone been to Panama?

Nope but hope soon to be!

http://first2board.com/pointssummary...o-panama-city/

Interesting post on the same flight, though I can't say the writing is particularly stellar.
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