AA's longest flights?

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  1. riceoven

    riceoven Silver Member

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    Now that the India routes are cancelled, what are AA's longest routes? Trying to see where I can get most "value" out of my SWUs :)
     
  2. DestinationDavid
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    India routes? There was only ever one. ;)

    Longest routes now are into Asia, so PVG/PEK/NRT. Other options are deep South America like GRU/GIG/EZE. LAX-LHR is a good distance. If you want to see where your best options are for using your SWUs, this wiki page might be helpful though it hasn't been updated in awhile so some flights that no longer exist (ORD-DEL, ORD-BRU, etc..) are still included: LINK.
     
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    Thanks for posting the question riceoven, being a new AA guy I was curious about this as well.

    Thanks DD for the answer.
     
  4. NYCAdventurer

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    I recently researched this to take advantage of the post MegaDo promo. From NYC, I think the longest flight is JFK-LAX-PVG. I was able to use my SWUs on this r/t flight.
     
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    I was able to use a swu on a lax-Mia-ord-PVG. I thought that was a pretty effective use of one.
     
  6. DestinationDavid
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    There are quite a few good uses for SWUs, though I've never really taken advantage of anything spectacular. Most of mine have been point to point flights. I did ORD-DEL when it was active, which was probably my best value usage. I'm a huge fan of the subcontinent and really miss the DEL flight. :(
     
  7. Skye1
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    It's when you get into combinations of flights that the "longest...." gets interesting, since one can use a SWU for up to 3 segments.

    I've done LHR-ORD-DEL, LHR-DFW-LAX-NRT, LHR-DFW-MIA-EZE, etc., each on one SWU....
     
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    I have thought about GIG-JFK-ORD-PVG and went so far as to confirm EVIP availAAbility, but ended out EK GIG-DXB-PVG instead because I am seduced by the suites. Even so, those three leg long haul routes with a single EVIP are spectacular bargains. I have used lots of them for GIG-JFK-LHR, but mostly I have used them for GIG-MIA or GIG-JFK alone. They're great anyway. I love EVIPs!!
     
  9. Skye1
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    So, perhaps this (or a new) thread may include "longest use of an eVIP" :)
     
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    I suppose we're slightly OT by so doing, but it certainly fits the OP's definition. I wish AA had more ULH flights so I could use more eVIP's. I now have a passle of them because of EXP requalification and another million miles.
     
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  11. perryplatypus

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    Great question riceoven! This really helps my planning for next year run at requalifying. Maybe I'll even pay a visit to jbcaricoa in GIG for a few hours next year! Rio has always been on my bucket list.
     
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    If you're wanting to use eVIP's make sure you're coming out of season.
     
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    What is considered low season for GIG?
     
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    The way AA has been retrenching internationally, LAX-LGA may well be their longest route now. :) OK, just kidding. Like DD I too miss DEL and hope they bring it back asap, which will presumably be after the BK issues are dealt with.
     
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    There is no low season but the impossible ones are summer (early-December until Carnival is over are hard to find flights or accomodations at reasonable prices without long advance planning) during school holiday either North America or Brazil. Even at those times I've had eVIP's clear, but usually whenI was going opposite the larger flow of traffic. usually it is easier to get GIG-DFW than it is for JFK. MIA is easier during the higher seasons when AA has two daily flights. There is seasonal equipment and capacity changes on each of the routes (767 to 777, two flights or one, three class to two class etc) and eVIP's are most available just following the shifts to increased capacity.

    Those rules probably apply almost everywhere, I suspect.
     
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    Great to know about DFW as that's my home airport. I am already planning trips to CDG and NRT next year. So GIG sounds like another good possibility. I will just have to find the routes that I can maximize miles as well as clear evips. ;)
     
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    LAX-BOS is still further and we hold onto 3 flights a day. We even get a fourth for the summer!

    I'm using an SWU on BOS-DFW-NRT, pretty good for something that isn't deliberately circuitous. The theoretical longest I can think of now would probably be EZE-JFK-LAX-PVG for something that isn't too circuitous.
     
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    I am quite certain you're right about that. One eVIP could upgrade it too!:)
     
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    If you are looking to maximize a SWU....I did this on UA a few years ago....EZE-IAD-LAX-SFO-HKG-SIN all on one SWU...all connecting flights were inside of 12 hours so it qualified....With that said...you could probably do the same on AA except from South America going through AA hubs then ending in PVG or NRT....
     
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    Can you do a stopover on an SWU? If so, that LHR-DFW-LAX-NRT is really appealing . . .
     
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    From what the EXP desk told me, ff you an schedule it within 12 hrs from landing to the next departure of all your segments. This was the rule at UA as well...so, you may have to fly...LHR-DFW-SFO (arrive at say 10pm) then continue to LAX before 10am the next day and then NRT......
     
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    I'm not sure how AA would handle that with an SWU, I don't think the four segment LHR-DFW-SFO-LAX-NRT would work with one SWU. I don't know whether they would let you skip using it on the SFO-LAX and use the three longest segments or not, I don't think they would.
     
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    Right - max of three segments on an SWU.
     
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    Didn't know that with AA since the most I had is 2 segments....If it is 3 segments...then you may want to consider LHR-DFW-ORD-NRT to max it with the 12 hr connections if LAX will not work.
     
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    I actually followed LHR-DFW-LAX-NRT with an onward NRT-HKG-SIN on CX on an AA Codeshare, heading
    to an FT Singapore Do/SIN Run (so the AA flight was LHR-DFW-LAX-NRT-HKG-SIN).

    Definitely great to return from that with a MASSIVE ramp up of mileage account, althought I distinctly recall a moment somewhere over the north pacific when one realizes that upgrade or not, they've been sitting in a metal tube for a long, long time.

    That said, if any are keen to give that same route a go, message me. It would be a fun MR with others along.
     
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