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Who do I book with
i have AA Aadvantage miles. I want to book on a partner airline so who do I book it through? AA or the partner? Can the booking be done online?
Hi Robert, since you’re using AA miles you’d use their website to book, or you’d call AA to book.
Some of AA’s partners can be booked online but many cannot. If you can see award availability on the AA website then certainly it can (should be). If you cannot it may be either that there is no award space or it’s not bookable online.
The British Airways and Qantas websites have more partners available online. So you can use these sites to search for award availability. Especially with BA you’ll be better off to search each flight segment separately because they’ll try to route you via London otherwise. You can ignore whatever prices these airlines display because the cost in miles will be based on AA’s oneworld chart.
Now if your flight happens to actually be on BA or Qantas, those are both available on the AA website so if you don’t see availability there, then it’s likely partner awards are not available. (Many airlines set aside award seats for their own members that are not available to partner airlines.)
Hope this helps but if you have more questions, let us know.