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Am I on the right path?
I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and learning about mile programs. I’ve been at this for a few months now so I’m relatively new.
My goal: fly from the US to Australia round trip in business class. Either upgrade from economy or full award seat? My vacation is slated for March 2017.
Is this possible? I’ve read about AA devaluation and I’m willing to try and make up the difference despite it is a lot. I was about to sign up for citi AAdvantage card for the 50,000 mile bonus and I have been collecting AA miles as best I can. Last time I went, I flew on Qantas so I was shooting for that airline again. Is my goal possible? Or are award seats not to be found for this trip? Is AA miles the best route to take before I start with credit card sign ups? I don’t want to waste money and time if this goal is unreasonable. Are there other airlines I should consider?
Thanks for all your info you provide!
Matty, it’s [I]possible, [/I]however your probability of snagging a seat is low. Award space is notoriously low on the way to ocenia via AA. There are a couple of options–you could accumulate enough miles for two awards and then route via Asia. Some people have also reported success holding Qantas space with Avios and then releasing and booking with AA miles but I’m not sure if you’re looking for that level of complexity or to accumulate that many miles in both programs.
If you are looking to upgrade from a cash Y ticket you’ll likely need Qantas miles since AA miles can only be used to upgrade BA and IB tickets I believe.