Buenos Aires Trip Report – AA First Class Review


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Buenos Aires (Good Air) and the country of Argentina have always been high on our list of places to visit. With a country known for it’s beef, Tango, and great wine how could you not be hooked. The city of Buenos Aires was perfect for our “Year of the B” travel theme. We used a large portion, 240,000 to be exact, of our British Airways miles earned in 2009 for two first class tickets on American Airlines. We used Hyatt points for a 4 night award stay at the Park Hyatt. The journey began in Atlanta and took us through Miami down to Buenos Aires.

Trip Report

  1. AA First Class From From ATL To EZE
  2. Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
  3. Breakfast At Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
  4. Buenos Aires Activities


Flight Path

American Airlines ATL Lounge

We redeemed 240,000 and $173 USD for two tickets in American Airlines first class. This was my first flight on American Airlines from Atlanta and first time in the Admirals club in terminal T. I was surprised that I have never seen this part of the airport. It appears to be on the lower end of Admirals Clubs compared to the ones we visited in Miami. I was surprised at the food for purchase in the lounge. If you are in a premium class on an international ticket you can request free certificates for booze. I had to try something so we picked the soup of the day, Chicken Noodle, which was sub par. The front desk agents notified us when the flight was boarding and we headed for the gate.

Club Bar

Admirals Club Bar

Club View

Club View

American Airlines First Class ATL To MIA

Boarding was quick. We selected seats 2A and 2B for the ride down to Miami and it paid off with great views all the way down. The leg room felt slightly larger than Delta’s domestic first class. We were served pre-departure drinks and were on our way.

We had great views from the window on the ride down to Florida. We passed Cedar Key, Tampa then headed east somewhere south of Sarasota. On the approach we could see the Everglades out of the window.

AA Domestic First

AA Domestic First

Domestic Service

Pre-Departure Drinks

Cedar Key

Cedar Key

TPA Airport

TPA Airport

AA Arrival MIA

AA Arrival MIA

Everglades

Everglades

American Airlines MIA Business Class Lounge

Since we were in First Class we had access to the premium lounge. Our arrival gate was next to the business class lounge and the premium lounge only had about an hour left before closing. So we settled into the Business class lounge for our 2+ hour layover. I took a shower and Mrs. Weekly Flyer caught up on some reading. I could have sworn I took more pictures, but the only one I ended up finding was one from the shower room. Overall this lounge was in pretty good shape.

AA MIA Lounge Bath

AA MIA Business Admirals Club

American Airlines First Class From MIA To EZE

This trip was our first experience with American Airlines international First Class product. We flew on the 777 in seats 2D and 2G. I normally fly Delta or Air France in Business Class and have flown Lufthansa First Class, so I can only compare those products. AA’s First Class positives included the lie flat seats, the ability to turn and face Mrs. Weekly Flyer during meal service, and the arm rests could be lowered for sleeping. Negatives included the small in flight entertainment screens, older seat appearance and the lack of privacy with no wall dividers.

The week or two before we departed American Airlines announced that they would soon offer First Class turn down service. We did not receive the service on this flight but it would have been a nice touch.

AA First 4

AA First Class Seat

AA First 1

AA First Class Seat

AA First 2

AA First Class Seat

AA First 3

My Seat

After we settled into our seats they served pre-departure Pommery champagne and menus were delivered. The amenity kit included standard items such as ear plugs, eye mask, lotion and other personal care items. Next time I’ll create an amenity kit review in more detail like FrequentlyFlying does in his series. The AA First Class entertainment screens were very small and seemed difficult to select items off of the screen.

AA First Amenity Kit

AA First Amenity Kit

AA First In Flight Entertainment

AA First In Flight Entertainment

AA First Nuts

AA First Nuts

American Airlines First Class wine options included Pommery Brut Champagne, two white wine options, two red wine options and Graham’s vintage port.

AA First Champagne

AA First Champagne

AA First White

Val do Sosego Albarino

AA First White 2

Groom Lenswood Sauvignon Blanc

AA First Red

Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino

AA First Red 2

Salentein Reserve Malbec

AA First Port

Graham

Due to the late departure from Miami to Buenos Aires a late night supper menu was offered. The appetizer salmon plate was not very good. I passed on the soup and went with chicken for the main course. The chicken was a bit hard and very buttery. The potatoes au gratin were tasty and so was the ice cream sundae desert.

AA First Dinner

AA First Dinner Menu

AA First Appetizer

Salmon Appetizer

AA First Chicken

AA First Chicken Plate

AA First Desert

Ice Cream Sundae

The breakfast menu was delivered about an hour before arrival. We passed on breakfast because we planned to eat breakfast at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires upon arrival. Below is the breakfast menu from the flight.

AA First Breakfast

Breakfast Menu

Bottom Line

Overall we were pleased with the value for this flight by using 240,000 British Airways miles and $170 USD. I would place AA’s first class product above Delta’s regular Business Elite product. I still favor Delta’s 777 Business Elite seats and service over American Airlines any day of the week.

In the next report our share a review from our stay at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.

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Comments

  1. Wow. DL J over AA three-class F. That’s a statement!

    Which Club were you in at Miami? There are two Admirals Clubs and an OW lounge.

  2. Hi Aageek – AA FAs were very nice and my wine glass was always full during dinner service. There was just something missing with service after the meal until breakfast. Maybe I just don’t like fending for myself with just a small bottle of water for 7 hours.

    Hi NYBanker – If you read my statement carefully I say DL 777 J is better. In my opinion it has better IFE, decent food, more privacy and great Delta service. In addition their 777s just feel newer. Would you disagree?

  3. wow, the first class cabin really looks ghetto,

    us airlines FC product is soooo terrible

    lufthansa is like 10x better in all service/appearance aspects

  4. Can’t fathom these contrasting sentences:

    I would place AA’s first class product above Delta’s regular Business Elite product. I still favor Delta’s 777 Business Elite seats and service over American Airlines any day of the week.

    Um, Delta seats and service beat AA F but you think AA F is better?

  5. I’m sorry – but those pictures of AA first class look ghastly. I don’t know why, but it was the sagging magazine holder in the first pic that did it for me. If I did this trip I couldn’t bear to do it in economy, but would at the same time feel horribly cheated if I’d stumped up for first.

    Do any nice airlines fly to EZE?

  6. Not to sound critical, but your photos are not in focus and do nothing to enhance the AA B777 first class. I fly MIA-EZE often and the seats and service are excellent…..and I like their PJs, although my BA sleep suit is my fav!

  7. The old first class cabin doesn’t look good nowadays, look forward to see the new cabin on its B77W

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