A First Class Passage To India

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A First Class Passage To India

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We recently redeemed American Airlines miles to visit India, so I thought I’d write about how we had Big Travel with Small Money!

Jet Airways First Class Suite

Trip Report Index:


Emily and I have earned over 1.2 million AAdvantage miles from Citibank AAdvantage cards a few years ago.  We decided to use some of these miles for our trip to India to take part in a friend’s wedding.

We booked our trip as 2 separate 1-way tickets since American airlines allows 1-way award redemptions.

We Redeemed:


We paid the princely sum of $62 (including the $20 telephone booking fee) + 90,000 miles for each 1-way first class ticket from the US to India.

Jet Airways First Class Trip Report

For the return journey we paid $96.60 (including the $20 telephone booking fee) +67,500 miles for each 1-way business class ticket from India to the US.

This was a great deal and I was very excited since Jet Airways has private suites in First Class and I was very eager to try them out.

So for 157,500 AAdvantage miles + $158.60 each we would get to travel 16,000 miles in First Class!

The retail price of these tickets was ~$18,000, which we would have NEVER paid otherwise.  So thanks to our miles and points, we got to have a wonderful experience which we will always treasure!

Itinerary Changes:

A few months before we were to leave, we learned that there was a pre-wedding ceremony called the sangeet, which was scheduled before our intended arrival.

So, we had to change our departure dates by a few days, and since there were no Jet Airways flights available with 2 award seats, we had to fly British Airways from London to Mumbai.

This proved to be a great choice, since we could experience the fabulous Concorde Room at London Heathrow and British Airways new First Class product which was really, really, good!

British Airways First Class

Our plane had the brand new first class seats which were extremely elegant and comfortable.

British Airways First Class - Trip Report

Later on we learned that Emily had to return to the US a few days earlier than me.  Emily liked the First Class experience so much, that she asked if I could change her ticket from Business Class to First Class! 🙂

I called American Airlines and we managed to get her a seat in First Class on Jet Airways (which has the private suites) for her return trip.

Bottom Line:

Collecting miles is fun, but it’s even more fun when you get to redeem your miles to spend time with your loved ones.  The experiences which Emily and I have had – and will continue to have! – will stay with us for a very, very, long time.

What do you want to do with your miles?  Have you redeemed miles for a dream vacation?  Tell us about it in the comments!

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I have never traveled Business or First class – couldn’t ever afford it … But it’s a dream . I plan to take my family to India in Summer of 2017. It’s my parents anniversary . I am clueless about how to get started . Which credit cards to apply ? I wish there was help … there is so much info but still I feel lost . I live in Dallas . Please help if you can …..


Hi Daraius, How do you use AA miles on Jet Airways? I am planning to go to, but did not find any way since AA website does not show Jet at all. Any help would be appreciated.

I have around 110k miles on AA and my wife has 56k points from her recent CSR. We are planning a trip to india with our small kiddo who is 4yrs old. n00b here so pardon my ques. I have searched multiple websites for ways to redeem the miles but unfortunately nothing has helped much so far. Any pointers is much appreciated

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@User2015 – It is 90K for a return trip in coach to India. See this series for more details on how to book award trips using AA miles.

I too have the same question as above. Has AA’s mileage program changed in the last year or two? Is it still possible to fly AA to London on AA metal if you call to book? The last time I looked, one coach flight from PDX to London using AA miles on BT, had $700 in fuel charges! Not really worth it.

Thank you!

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@Jaime – You can still fly on AA metal to London and not pay fuel surcharges. But those flights are harder to find. The availability is the same online, so calling usually doesn’t make any difference. However, you can set seat alerts on ExpertFlyer to let you know if a seat does open up.


Me and my wife are looking to book one way rewards using AA miles to india too. The issue is i only see BA or AA+BA combinations on the aa.com website, which obviously has really high fuel surcharges. How did u manage to see and book jet airways ? Any pointers will be appreciated.(i have about 90k aa miles and she has about 75k)

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@dg – Paying the surcharge is worth it for business or first class on BA since they have so many seats available. You can’t search for Jet seats online,but call AA and ask them to specifically search for seats on the segment from London to India.

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