Can someone please check with AA redemption strategy

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  1. anna2103

    anna2103 Member

    May 5, 2013
    Being very new to AA, and having purchased some miles, I would appreciate it if someone could check my strategy for redeeming and let me know if I am making any errors or incorrect assumptions. That way, when the seats open up in a few weeks I will be ready to go

    As a precursor I know you are not allowed to stopover on one way awards, but I think you can connect within 24 hours. I also hate overnight nights due to not being able to sleep on planes.

    I want to redeem a one way award from Sydney to Nice (80k miles). This routing, will always be complicated because there is a minimum of two stopovers required. So, this is what I would like to do

    May 1 2015 Sydney to Hong Kong on Qantas in First, leaves Syd at 11.45 am arrives HK at 17.45 pm

    then connect the next day ( but less than 24 hours) on CX First to LHR which leaves at 15.30pm and arrives at 20.30pm. As there are no flights that night to Nice, connect to the 10am BA flight the following day

    So I guess my questions are:

    1) Will AA allow this if there is availability?

    2) Are there any issues because I am choosing not to take the route which takes the least time?

    3) Do I need to wait until 330 days before the Hong Kong to London flight or even the London to Nice to be able to book so that the awards available will have opened up?

    4) Will there be any technical reason why I cannot leave the airport in HK and London to sleep for the night at airport hotels (noting I will need to clear immigration as neither airport has transit hotels)

    On another issue, I know I need to ring AA for CX flights. What I can already see on the AA redemption website is QF options via Dubai (obviously for different dates that what I need) If I hypothetically grab those QF flights because there is no CX availability and CX flights become available later, if the CX flights have less taxes, do you get a refund of the taxes ( noting you will need to ay taxes on the new flights

    Many thanks to the people that can help me with this, and I hope I have been clear enough

  2. knasty

    knasty Active Member

    Mar 11, 2010

    Hi Anna,

    Welcome to the wonderful world of AA redemptions...

    1. Fine.
    2. No
    3. Believe so
    4. No
    5. Join Asia Miles or BA or use QFF to see CX availability. With small caveats if you can see the CX flights you want via these methods you should be able to do it via AA call centre. Best to spoon feed the agent each individual flight. If you meet resistance hang up and try again...

    There are no change fees outside 21 days for change of flights/routing so long as departure and destination stay the same (within oneworld carriers, not partners). So yes you could book QF as you see them, then closer to the date change to combo with CX if that is preferable. Each time you change the previous taxes are refunded and new taxes debited against your card. Happy travels!

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