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Book Low-Level Business and First-Class Awards to Sydney on AA!

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We’ve gotten many questions from readers about the non-existent business and first-class award availability on AA’s new flight to Sydney, so we reached out to the AAdvantage team to see what’s going on. After a bit of back and forth over the holiday weekend, it seems that American has finally decided to release some low-level awards!

LAX to SYD in first class.
LAX to SYD in first class.

For example, it’s now possible to book round-trip first-class tickets from Los Angeles to Sydney on AA’s new flagship flight. The round-trip requires 290,000 miles plus $211 (again, this is for two people traveling together). Until today, it’s been virtually impossible to secure award seats without redeeming at least 140,000 miles each way for business or 180,000 miles each way for first. Now, select dates can be had for 62,500 miles in business and 72,500 miles in first.

First-class awards from LAX to SYD.
First-class awards for two passengers from LAX to SYD.

Now, there isn’t a ton of first-class award space for two passengers traveling together, but it’s a relief to see that AA is releasing any seats at all.

First-class awards for two passengers from LAX to SYD.
First-class awards for two passengers from LAX to SYD.

Business-class award availability is much better, with two seats open on several dates through February.

While AA isn’t exactly known for providing excellent in-flight service, the airline’s flying its new 777-300ER on this route, with excellent lie-flat seats in business class, so you can expect to have a very comfy ride across the Pacific. And with higher rates on the horizon (80,000 miles each way in business and 110,000 in first), now’s a great time to redeem!

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