How booking pre-deval netted me 3 premium cabins for 60,750 AA

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How booking pre-deval netted me 3 premium cabins for 60,750 AA

Yesterday I wrote about AA’s Maximum Mileage Permitted rule on award bookings and how it ultimately put me in 3 great products for my return from Vietnam. This was compounded by the fact that I originally booked this back in March before AA devalued their chart. Awards from Asia 2 were just 67,500 Miles + taxes and fees which amounted to less than $50. On top of this, I was carrying a Barclay Aviator Red which gives a 10% rebate on miles ( up to 10k per year) – which means I actually had 6750 of those miles refunded back into my account. This nets out to just 60,750 miles for what ended up being over $13k in total flight value. Booking pre-deval netted me 3 premium cabins for 60,750 AA and I couldn’t be more stoked.

courtesy of - AA 2016 deval chart
courtesy of – AA 2016 deval chart

I’ve talked in the past about how sometimes you just need to book the ticket. This is a prime example of how a BALLER trip came to fruition all because we booked a flight home, and we booked this so we could experience First Class back from Asia for pizza and breadsticks at Pizza King. Now that’s some of that GOOD GOOD.  Now we will see Taipei, Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap, Hanoi, and cruise Ha Long Bay. 

The Cabins we will fly and their Values. I’ve never flown any of them – CAN.NOT.WAIT.

Qatar Business Class 777-300

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Japan Airlines Business Class 787 retrofit

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And the coup d’etat! Japan Airlines First Class 777-300ER

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I have to admit…I’m really looking forward to eating some DELISH sushi at the First Class lounge Narita for the price of…on the house.

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  • Maude December 28, 2016

    Good for you, it sounds like a pretty exciting trip. And all because of that first impromptu booking! Plus, free sushi at the first class lounge? #goals amirite?

    Just one small question, though. Why the 40 year old virgin clip? I don’t get it. Is there a reference there?

    • Miles December 28, 2016

      Thanks Maude – thanks for reading! The clip is cause I wrote…for the price of – on the house. It’s a line I always use from that movie cause I find it hilarious.

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