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Award Redemption CONSOLIDATED: Questions on booking Etihad First and Business with AA miles

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Kathy, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. Gaurav

    Gaurav Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a workaround at this time. Very annoying since this is a primary reason for me to collect AA miles...
     
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  2. dr.cool

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    Can I redeem bkk-sin-auh-cdg-edi first class 90,000 mile one way? bkk-sin, cdg-edi in J
     
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  3. rickyw

    rickyw Well-Known Member

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    Unless I'm mistaken, I think you have to travel on Qatar if you want to use AA miles and transit from Asia to Europe.

    Also, there are no AA partners flying CDG to EDI. Cathay flies BKK to SIN, but I don't think you can tag a Cathay flight to an Etihad award.

    I think you'd be looking at multiple awards if you need to do that routing.
     
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  4. dr.cool

    dr.cool New Member

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    Thank you rickyw
    I read rule of aa partner
    1. International flight can up to 4 segment in 1 award
    2.asia2 - europe can via doha if fly qatar airway

    Can I plan bkk-sin -auh - lhr- edi?
    BKK - SIN by Cx J
    LHR - EDI by BA J
     
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  5. William Church

    William Church New Member

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    You can route via ME/India with QR however if you decide to fly EY, it will result in two separate awards. Up to 4 segments. You can fly via AUH but it will be Asia 2-ME and ME-Europe will be priced separately. Also finding premium cabin space AUH-LHR has been very difficult over the past 3 months so unless its last minute, it may be difficult to secure a seat

    Might I suggest CX BKK-HKG-LHR-EDI or QR BKK-DOH-LHR-EDI?
     
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  6. dr.cool

    dr.cool New Member

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    Thank you William Church
    I want to try first apartment. Can i use 90,000 mile aa for asia2- europe by EY? I see SIN is only Asia2 that EY have operate first class. I read now LHR is difficult to redeem for apartment, i route CDG instead.
     
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  7. William Church

    William Church New Member

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    No, it would be 2 awards. Singapore to AUH 50,000 miles (including connections) in First Class and AUH to Europe 62,500 miles in F so total 112,500. I'm sorry, I know its complex but AA doesn't consider EY in the same way as QR in regards to connections on award tix.

    Yes, I recently did EY A380 to CDG, not sure if they're still flying it there but I highly recommend trying the apartments! 787 First Class from SIN also fantastic. Worth the miles!
     
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  8. dr.cool

    dr.cool New Member

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    Can I redeem EY use AA for my friend? I know US airlines can redeem for someone but this situation I not sure.
     
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  9. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    Yes - find GuestSeat availability on Etihad's website then call AA to book. Just let them know that youre not traveling but your friend is. Maybe call AA in Australia or another country - not all call centers are able to see EY space even if it's available. It's an ongoing issue that has not been resolved.
     
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  10. Nash D

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    Hi,

    I thought I'd post here asking for some advice completing the domestic leg of an upcoming award trip. I have a couple of award seats on hold with AA for travel on Etihad F BOM-AUH-JFK (A380 - First Apartment), so we're pretty pumped! We're having no luck finding sAAver awards (in any cabin) to get back home from JFK-SFO/SJC. I'm seeing pretty cheap transcon one-way fares at the moment, so that seems to be the best option at this point, but wanted to check if there might be any obvious options I might be missing. AA has a miles fare sale going on which is not super attractive (would cost $1700+ for 2 passengers to get enough miles for the trip back in Saver Business). I have a 30k AAnytime Economy award added at the moment, as a worst-case backup, but don't have the miles in hand yet. Any ideas? I redeemed a boatload of SPG miles to make this award possible, so kinda bummed that the last segment is screwing us up for now. I'd have to burn another 50k Starpoints to get the 60k AA miles required for this, so trying to see if that's avoidable.

    Thanks!
    Nash D
     
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  11. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    You might have some luck finding award seats on Alaska Airlines form JFK or EWR to SFO/SJC. If it shows up on AA's search then you should be able to add it to your ticket.

    I'd buy a cash ticket instead of an AAnytime award, especially if you're getting points from SPG.
     
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  12. Nash D

    Nash D New Member

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    Thanks, David - I do see something out of EWR in Coach. I also see that Alaska has flights available on alaskair.com out of JFK in that timeframe (in First) but those are not seats they seem to let AA book with AAdvantage miles. Does that happen? I assume they're restricting it to their own mileage program.
     
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  13. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    AS's site also shows points+cash awards for it's own members, which AA has no access to. AA's site is the best place to find AS partner awards, which is what youre looking for.
     
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  14. Grateful

    Grateful Reader

    I have been trying to book a first class apartment on Etihad for many years now using my miles with American Advatage awards. Following the advice from a previous post, I paid $6.99 for 300 minutes with Skype to call Australia Advantage. In just six short minutes they were able to get me two first class apartment seats from Abu Dhabi to New York flawlessly without any questions or confusion. After hours and weeks Of American Airline employees, mission accomplished!!!

    Time and time again I call American Airlines AAdvantage awards only to get reservationist after reservationist who do not have a clue how to do their job. During this process one of the reservationist may have stole my credit card information and didn’t book my flight. Another took all the information and never book the flight

    I find that I am being challenged and the reservationist have become more and more argumentative. From the rude tone of voice to the absolute ignorance in preforming their jobs, AA reservationist are becoming more and more intolerable

    I wanted to thank everyone here for the sound advice and will continue to enjoy your blog!!
     
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  15. alaskaforever

    alaskaforever Reader

    I followed the previous advice I saw on this blog to use Skype to book Etihad's First Class Apartment from AUH to JFK. It worked like a charm.
    After countless attempts of trying to book AA miles through the international reservation desk, it was handled on AA Australia in less then 5 minutes. The reservationist was courteous and polite and preformed the task in record time.

    My experiences lately with the Advantage reservationists has slowly gone down hill over the last few years. 50% of the time they are argumentative and rude to say the least.

    So, for the record, if you want to book Etihad First, check Etihad Guest for the availability and then using Skype to call Australia is golden!!!
     
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  16. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    It's good practice to at least get the confirmation numbers (AA and partner carriers') before hanging up the phone - dont wait for the email.
     
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  17. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    I dont book AA awards that often but I dont think I've gotten an AAgent who was actively rude or argumentative. Regardless, you should always stay calm and courteous. If you dont like the agent you're working with, let them know that you no longer need help and hang up. Then call back and get another agent!
     
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