MDE-MIA: My First Business Class Flight on AA, Worth It*?

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MDE-MIA on AA is part of the Coupe du Monde Trip Report.


In 2012, I flew business for the first time. It was an angle flat seat on Lufthansa. I have classified and chronicled all airlines I have flown since then in varying detail.

After ten years of points travel, 2,737 blog posts, and over 1 million unsatisfied readers later, this is the first time I have written a review for American Airlines.

Of course, I have flown AA in the last ten years, most notably when they stuck me on a 737-MAX immediately following the tragic accident (see Flying 737 MAX 8), but this is the first time I have done so in business. This is worth a post for two reasons:

1. I have managed to use my Oneworld points strategically on partner airlines.

2. I have no status on any airline yet have flown premium on mid to long-haul flights in spite of it.

Instead of paying $1,305 to fly from Medellin to Miami, I spent $82.78 and 22,000 Avios. Typically, I would fly coach (see Points in the Front, Peasants in the Back) and only pay 10,000 Avios. However, because business was available and the points are so easy to accrue, I thought I would indulge. Here’s what I received:

A pillow
And a blanket

OJ in plastic, no champagne

*Worth It?

If you’ve noticed, a certain blogger has used ‘worth it’ on every post title lately. It is obnoxious, but not as annoying as ‘ouch, whoa, gee whiz’ (see Blog Roast OMAAT: Starting Posts with Ouch, Wow, Uh Oh, Wild, Major, Whoa).

My flight was a red eye, leaving at 2:10AM, arriving Miami at 5:45AM. To make it ‘worth it’ (see What Are Redeye Flights? Are They Worth Taking?), business was the way to go. With that said, I would still opt for economy on AA for domestic flights under 5 hours.

Whoa, wow, do you think reading this post was worth it :/ (see Real Writers Don’t Use Smileys)? Leave your critical comments below for the opportunity to be featured in Festivus 2023 (see Happy Festivus! Airing of Points Grievances 2022).

6 COMMENTS

  1. Pls continue to make more honest (negative) call outs of One Credit Card at a Time. He is a one man corporate marketing department with the personality of a durian.

  2. Yep. My experience has been that all red eye business class flights out of Colombia to the USA comes with zero catering. I was at least expecting a hot breakfast before arrival but not on those routes. Exit row seating is the way to go IMO on these routes.

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