Reviews Trips

Review: American Airlines Business Class 777-200 Miami to Buenos Aires

a tv on the side of a seat

We may receive a commission when you use our links. Monkey Miles is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as and CardRatings. This relationship may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Monkey Miles is also a Senior Advisor to Bilt Rewards. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

Finding award space on American Airlines business class is an absolute chore. They don’t release award space with any rhyme, reason, or reliability, and if that isn’t bad enough, they marry segments like crazy. It makes using partner programs nearly impossible, and strategically requires a lot of time searching options to find married segments that match up if you and your travel partner are originating in different cities.  However, when I surveyed all of our options to get to South America, my top choice was to get Dave and I on AA’s business class because of the flight times and overall comfort of its product.

When it comes to American Airlines and their business class, all cabins are not created equal.  American flies a wide variety of business class cabins, and out of them all, I would say that those that feature Cirrus seats ( 77W ) and Super Diamond ( certain 777-200) are by far my favorite given their privacy, space, and storage.

I wrote a guide as to how you can figure out which retrofit 777-200s will feature the Super Diamonds, and which will feature the seats that have had rocking problems. Apparently, that guide isn’t 100% correct now, and I’ve heard arguments that because AA has replaced Econ with Premium Econ, ripped out business class capacity, etc and now it’s nearly impossible to know before you board the plane. I used the guide’s principles – namely how many seats are in the rear biz cabin ( ours had 4 in the seat map, and 4 in real life), and it worked out for us, so its at least worth a shot.

Cabin Layout:

SeatGuru does an awesome job of illustrating the differences between each aircraft and cabin and I’d highly suggest checking them out.

If you’re interested in the other AA business class cabins and configurations:



Flights Details:

  • When: November 2018
  • Where: Miami to Buenos Aires
  • Flight: 907
  • Flight Time: 8h 50 mins
  • Seat: 7H
  • Program used: AA 57.5k + $5.60

Total Itinerary looked like this:

a white text with black text


Between booking and boarding I changed our seats from the last row of the forward cabin to the first row of the mini cabin. I’d flown on the Super Diamonds between LA and Tokyo in the main cabin and thought this would not only provide a new experience for me, but also a bit more private experience for Dave and I. We’d spent a little longer than we had anticipated at the Corona Beach House and when we boarded the cabin was pretty full. As a result, I didn’t take any pictures of the cabin during boarding so the pic below is from the same plane and configuration that I flew to Tokyo a year prior.

a group of people sitting in a row of monitors
777-200 Business Class Rear Cabin

My Seat: 7H

Super Diamond seats are made by Collins Aerospace and can be recognized by their reverse Herringbone layout, large storage compartments built into the opposite side from the aisle, and hidden footwell that is under a fixed tv. This is different from other reverse herringbone configurations where you can almost always see a stool where your feet will go, and a monitor that pops out from its fixed position.

I’ve flown the super diamond a couple of different times ( China Airlines and AA to Tokyo) and loved the immense storage, and was surprised at how much room is under the tv in the hidden footwell. I had a chance to again fly a Cirrus design seat on Air France in January and I’d say the two are very comparable. If you’re an AV Geek you’ll also recognize the design as its the chosen seat of the new BA business suite which will also feature a door that closes to the aisle.

a stuffed animal on the seat of a plane

If you’re looking for the most privacy, I’d pick a window seat. The most private would be 6L; however, I think you could be disturbed by its close proximity to the galley. They do put up heavy curtains that block most light, but you can occasionally hear crew and passengers milling about.

The seat goes fully into a bed…pic from the Tokyo flight

a stuffed bear on a bed


AA isn’t known for its food, and we had eaten at the Corona Beach House prior to boarding so I wasn’t exactly starving when the meal service began. In fact, I would have been better served going straight to bed, or ordering an express meal, but Dave and I were too excited to sleep, and figured we’d feast once again.

The Service was fine. Nothing extraordinary, but also not rude. I’ve heard horror stories, but in my experience I’m pretty consistently had good service on AA and this was again the case.

Amenity Kit

This was a different designed kit than I have previously gotten on AA. Cole Haan with C.O. Bigelow products. I’m not sure if its water proof, but I used it to store other dop kit items I’d packed, and ultimately stuffed it full of laundry when things got desperate towards the end of our trip. Certainly got more use than smaller kits I’ve received in the past.


Would I fly this again? Absolutely

Do I still love Super Diamond? Yes, it’s pretty great.

Would I choose to fly AA again compared to my flight back on United’s new Polaris? I’d say that they are the two best ways to fly to South America from the States. Is one better than the other? Personally, the bedding on United can’t be beat, but I would probably choose a Cirrus seat over United’s Polaris, and would put this Super Diamond on par with it or maybe slightly ahead. These are obviously my personal feelings, and if I have the opportunity to fly either again in the future, I’ll jump at it.

It’s a tremendous value at 57.5k points, and the only thing I would change, if I could, would have been the ability to fly direct on the 787-9 from LAX that features the same super diamond seat.

Experiences like this are funny, you just want a longer flight, more time to share it with someone important in your life, and at least for me, they end too quickly. I like to get on the flight, sip champagne, talk about how freaking lucky we are to be doing this, marvel at the cost, cheers, sip, cheers again, then marvel again at the joy of points, start planning our next trip, eat, cheers again, and after a good 5 or 6 hours of doing this, sleep for 6 or 7 hours, wake up and do it again. On a flight that is 9 hours…the thing that ultimately gets sacrifced is sleep….and well, I’ll sleep when I’m dead 🙂

Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

a blue credit card with blue lines and white text

Learn More

Refer a Friend Link 

 Information about this card has been collected independently by Monkey Miles. Card issuer is not responsible for the information or accuracy.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based including Hyatt, Southwest, United, IHG, and Marriott.

Welcome Offer

Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 

*you may find an elevated offer walking into a branch – see below

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    • That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠
    • Some people have seen Chase branches offering the following:
      • 75k Ultimate Rewards After $4k spend in 3 months + 10k Ultimate Rewards after $6k in 6 months 
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Travel℠
  • 3x on dining, including eligible delivery services for takeout & dining out
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • $50 Annual Chase Travel Hotel Credit via Chase Travel℠
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 2x on all other travel
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel℠ and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver ( primary ), purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 14 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in Chase Travel℠ for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver is my favorite
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024
  • $95 Annual Fee

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.