Status update for the Caribbean airfare sale

[07/31/2014 @ 12:00 PM] Update: It is now currently possible to avoid overnight stopovers in Miami for St. Lucia.
[08/01/2014 @ 4:44 PM] It appears that American Airlines and US Airways have ended their sale. Prices have increased to all destinations listed in this post by about $150.

A few of you have asked me how to avoid the long Miami stopovers on the American Airlines Caribbean airfare sale. During the start of the sale, there wasn’t a discount fare basis that would route around it for a few of these destinations, but now there’s one that will route via Charlotte (CLT) and another that routes through Miami (MIA). It is now possible to avoid the overnight stopovers in Miami from Houston to Punta Cana, Grand Cayman, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Montego Bay.

The example itinerary dates for the following routes has been updated to use routing that avoids the overnight stopover in Miami:

Note: I don’t believe there is a way (at this moment) to avoid both overnight stopovers in Miami for [Cheap Flights: Houston to St. Lucia $198 r/t 1-stop] without using a more expensive fare basis. It’s possible to avoid the outbound stopover for some flights in August, but I can’t find a return flight without it.

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