Airfare Steal: Los Angeles to Panama for $527 RT in Business Class. Fly AA Intl Lie Flat on 777!

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Panama Canal

American Airlines Panama Business Class Deal

A few years ago I had a great time flying a pair of really cheap Business Class mileage runs on American Airlines to Panama City. While it gave me an opportunity to see the Panama Canal, it also gave me a chance to sneak off to Cuba for a little side adventure as well. The good old days of travel.

Inspired by that trip I recently started poking around at Business Class fares to Panama and found an amazing deal out of Los Angeles. While some cities have $800 roundtrip business class to Panama on AA, LAX is the killer deal. I am seeing as low as:

  • LAX-PTY $553 roundtrip (Sometimes Amex Travel prices for slightly less but it is often including economy legs. Be careful.)
  • LAX-PTY $244 one-way

These fares are also bookable with convertible currencies including Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Fly An International Business Class Seat

One of the cooler aspects of this fare deal is that many of the itinerary options route you LAX-MIA-PTY. American Airlines is switching over LAX-MIA to exclusively 777 (both 777-200 and 777-300ER) aircraft meaning that pretty much every itinerary with that leg option will be in international business class. American Airlines has excellent Business Class seats in their 777 aircraft. A big step up from normal Domestic First Class.

Sample Search on Google Flights

Need to Know

  • I found a ton of dates available through the end of May with stays as little as 2 days.
  • This ticket books into the I fare code. To find out what mileage you’ll earn I recommend using Where to Credit.
  • The price is widely available and you should also be able to book through Chase, Amex and Citi.
  • Some of the flights from MIA-PTY are on A321 aircraft while others are on 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
  • Many of the return legs seem to have overnight layovers in MIA.
  • Sometimes OTAs will sneak you into economy for one leg so make sure to limit your search to the correct cabin.
  • You are required to have a negative PCR test within 48 hours before travel or you can take one when landing for $50 USD. You can find the full Panama COVID entry requirements here.

I’ll add more cities or info as I find it. Let me know what you find/book!

Shawn Coomer
Shawn Coomer earns and burns millions of miles/points per year circling the globe with his family. An expert at accumulating travel rewards, he founded Miles to Memories to help others achieve their travel goals for pennies on the dollar. Shawn also runs a million dollar reselling business, knows Vegas better than most and loves to spend his time at the 12 Disney parks across the world.

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  1. Also Delta has Atlanta to Panama for as low as 10,000 SkyMiles round trip in Comfort+. Available on maybe days until August.


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