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When I visited American’s headquarters in Dallas as part of the Oneworld Megado event in January, one of the things promised was better Oneworld partner award availability on AA.com. The plan was for British Airways and Hawaiian to be added first (which happened in April) and then Qantas, which went into effect this past weekend.
AA.com is actually pretty smart and will let you do month-long searches. I’m actually planning a trip down under in February and while the availability is scarce in premium cabins, AA.com does its best to piece together possible trips, even searching other partner airlines. One trip I was presented with was Los Angeles to Las Vegas on AA, Vegas to Honolulu on Hawaiian and Honolulu to Sydney on Qantas (Jetstar). Not the most direct routing, but all in business class for 62,500 and only $30 in fees for a one-way flight.
AA.com now pulls in Qantas availability – though there isn’t much out there in premium cabins.
This is also good news because finding Qantas award availability has been a multi-step process in the past for AA members since Qantas.com would show availability for Qantas’s frequent flyer program members that was not actually available to AA members, who would have to use British Airways’ inelegant (at best!) site to search for availability and pray for the best (availability shown on BA.com was available to AA members as well).
I’m glad AA is adding more partners – I’d love to have the rest of Oneworld added so I’d never have to call AA or use other sites (like britishairways.com) to check availability.