Right now you can fly between Los Angeles and Miami for only $31 each way…and we are not even talking about basic economy. Thank “frenemies” JetBlue and American Airlines for the fare sale, which underscores just how important competition is.
Hot Deal: $31+ Transcon Fares On American Airlines & JetBlue
On Monday I noticed these fares and put a couple dates on hold. For now, American Airlines is running exclusively 777s (-200s or -300s) between LAX and MIA. As an Executive Platinum on American Airlines, that means I can assign premium economy seats for free during booking (because they are not sold as a separate cabin) and I am eligible for complimentary space-available upgrades.
For $62, I can have an extremely productive work day in the air, eat two decent meals, enjoy lounges on both ends…it’s just a great deal.
Why is it so cheap? Spirit Airlines? Frontier?
Nope. It’s JetBlue.
Although American and JetBlue have announced a comprehensive new partnership, they are still competitors and are competing hard to earn traffic between Los Angeles and Miami.
JetBlue one-way fares start at $45 while American starts at $31. Again, this isn’t even for Basic Economy, but for a regular economy class ticket that earns elite qualifying miles and dollars (yes, I’d need to travel back and forth over 300 times to re-qualify for Executive Platinum status on these fares)!
Are these fares sustainable? Of course not. Do they show the importance of competition? Absolutely.
Now is a great time to book tickets between Los Angeles and Miami…widebody service at deeply-discounted prices on American Airlines (and great fares on JetBlue too). If you want go premium, lie-flat beds in American Business Class or JetBlue Mint Class are also available for under $400 each way.
Naturally, exercise caution when traveling…COVID-19 numbers may be dropping, but we are not done yet. Still, we likely won’t see fares like this again.
See you in the air?