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United Matches American’s Transcon Bonuses

United Matches American’s Transcon Bonuses

Last week, American announced bonuses for its New York-Los Angeles flights, which will feature the airline’s new A321T planes configured specially for Transcon service.

Predictably, this week, American’s principal Transcon competitor announced identical bonuses, during the same period, for both the New York-Los Angeles and the New York-San Francisco routes.

Offer Details

Between January 7, 2014, and March 31, 2014, MileagePlus members can earn up to 15,000 bonus miles for roundtrip United flights between New York and Los Angeles or San Francisco, as follows:

  • 5,000 bonus miles for roundtrip flights in discounted coach (M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S fare classes)
  • 10,000 bonus miles for roundtrip flights in full-fare coach
  • 15,000 bonus miles for roundtrip flights in BusinessFirst class

One-way trips earn half the above bonuses.

Registration is required.

Deal or No Deal

The bonuses amount to around double miles for discounted coach, triple miles for full coach, and quadruple miles for premium-class tickets.

Nice. But American is offering the same bonuses for its Los Angeles flights, and will probably now be forced to include its San Francisco flights as well.

The choice then comes down to flight frequency (convenience) and aircraft (comfort).

American has more Transcon flights than United. And although they’re both narrow-body aircraft, American’s new A321T planes should be somewhat more spacious than United’s B757s.

Advantage, American. But both are solid options.

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