American Adds Seaborne Airlines Awards To

Filed Under: American, American AAdvantage

American Airlines is continuing their trend of adding partner airline award bookings to their website,

Book Seaborne Airlines Awards On

American Airlines AAdvantage members can now redeem miles for travel on Seaborne Airlines directly on

American says that this is the 11th partner airline they’ve added for award bookings on in the past year, which is pretty impressive.

While I hate American Airlines’ new award search interface, I think the old one is great, and offers a solid user experience.

What Is Seaborne Airlines?

American recently added online award bookings on airlines like Cathay Pacific, so by comparison Seaborne Airlines may not sound familiar

For those of you who don’t know about Seaborne Airlines, they operate a fleet of four Saab 340 turboprops from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to neighboring islands. Here’s their current routemap:

As you can see, they’re a useful airline for island-hopping.

What Airlines Awards Can Be Booked On

At this point you can redeem American AAdvantage miles for travel on the following airlines on

American Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Cape Air, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, S7 Airlines, Seaborne Virgin Islands, and SriLankan Airlines

I believe at this point that means only China Southern and LATAM awards aren’t showing on, as I believe all other partners now show up there, which is pretty darn good.

Bottom Line

It’s impressive that American has added online award redemptions on so many partner airlines to their website. While Seaborne Airlines is one of their more obscure partners, the airline has the potential to be valuable if you’re traveling to or around the Caribbean.

Has anyone flown Seaborne Airlines before?

  1. I’ve flown Seaborne quite a bit when I was working in the USVI. The aircraft are old and tired but for the 30 min or so flight from PR, they work.

    They also fly twin otter seaplanes between St Thomas and St Croix. That makes for a fun avgeek experience.

  2. Yikes. These Saab airplanes are over 30 years old and island-hopping takes a real toll on these tired airplanes. Buyer beware.

  3. Not only is China Southern not bookable on, but it is hardly bookable at all. I recently booked an award on them that required calling back 4 times to find an agent who was able to book the award. Two of them insisted that China Southern was not even an Aadvantage partner, and then the third acknowledged that they were a partner, but said there was no availability on the flight. The fourth was able to do it somehow. Really bizarre. I don’t know how normal people who aren’t miles and points aficionados and know the award availability before they call would ever be able to book these seats.

  4. Be aware of seaborne airlines off loading checked luggage without telling you. Happened to me a four other friends at different times.

  5. @Sam – that’s the China Southern we knew from their Delta days with SkyTeam.

  6. Hopefully AA reaches out to GOL, AZUL,Aerolinas Argentina,Sky Chile and Peru along with LABoliviano along with Any Latin Based Carrier to counter attack the LATAM defection. I am not buying what has been reported in the Press and think LATAM may be in trouble (ala airBerlin) and asked AA,Qatar and IAG for financial backing and They said “NO” forcing themselves to peddle their Operation to Delta.I am not a Fan of Doug Parker but maybe the Consummate Penny Pincher had reasons to distance Himself from a struggling LATAM. Time will Tell….

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