Back in October of last year American announced several new routes, including Dallas to Seoul Incheon, which is set to launch on May 9, 2013.

For travel on this new route between May 9 and August 15, 2013, American is offering between 5,000 and 30,000 bonus miles for a roundtrip journey, as follows:

As you can see, discounted economy fares earn 5,000 bonus miles, full fare economy earns 15,000 bonus miles, and first and business class fares earn 30,000 bonus miles. These amounts are for roundtrip travel, though eligible one-ways would accrue half of the above bonuses. Registration is required using promotion code AAICN.

I’ve had a look at fares and it doesn’t look like there are any amazing ones out there yet. Coach seems to start at just under $1,300 roundtrip, while business class starts at $3,800. On the plus side, confirmable upgrade space is generally excellent. I’ll be monitoring for better fares, and if there are any good ones might just jump on this.

It’s exciting to see American finally launch a new route to Asia, even though I would’ve preferred Hong Kong.

(Tip of the hat to AAdvantageGeek)

  1. February 7th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Michael said,

    Ben,

    1) What would make it worthwhile to jump on these fares? Say $2500 for business class? As executive platinum, from LAX-ICN, wouldn’t that net you 16,000eqms and 62,000 redeemables — and 2) Would you use your evips at that point and bump up to first class?

  2. February 7th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Cook said,

    I suspect they chose Seoul because they have some known traffic there, AND there is far less competition than for Dallas-Hong Kong. T o a degree, less competition results in higher fares (ahem – revenue) and that is the objective. That basic $1300 coach fare seems a bit deer, if you get my drift. While the hefty bonuses for BC and FC seats are nice, they probably won’t last but a few months. For miles gleaners, this might be a good deal, especially if an employer or client will pony up for that BC seat. Hmmm. For one like Ben, who can usually upgrade with ease, the nearly 50k miles might be a good deal.

  3. February 7th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Michael — Keep in mind the flight is out of Dallas and not Los Angeles.

    I’d jump on this with a less than $2,300 business class fare and use the systemwide upgrades for first class, since I really prefer a fully flat product.

  4. February 7th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Cook — True, though Korean Air already operates the route, so they’re going head-to-head with them, while they’d be the only airline flying Dallas to Hong Kong, for example.

  5. February 7th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    mark said,

    Confused. You used an exclamation point in your title and filed it under “Great Deals”…but, you concede: “I’ve had a look at fares and it doesn’t look like there are any amazing ones out there yet.”

    So, which is it?

  6. February 7th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    lucky said,

    @ mark — Just because something isn’t mileage runnable doesn’t mean it’s not a great deal. The “Great Deals” tag is generically used for promotions.

  7. February 7th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Michael said,

    Yes, Lucky, I’m aware of that. Right now LAX-ICN is $1250 coach and $3800 business but if it did indeed dropped to $2300, I’d take it as that would include:

    16000eqms
    32000redeemables
    30,000 bonus (I assume you receive the bonus if you fly LAX-DFW-ICN-DFW-LAX, no?)

  8. February 7th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Michael — Sorry, missed that! Yep, that fare would still qualify for the DFW-ICN segments roundtrip.

  9. February 8th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    mark said,

    @ Lucky – and the exclamation point in the title?

  10. February 9th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    dj said,

    what’s the chance of it dropping below $3k?

  11. February 9th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    lucky said,

    @ dj — I’d say there’s a reasonable chance of a fare sale, though it may be highly restrictive.

  12. February 9th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    dj said,

    thanks. currently holding a bus ticket for RT AUS-DFW-ICN @$3600 on May 24-27. will get total of ~64k miles if i make the trip.

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