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using AA miles for flying Middle East – Asia 1 or 2
Just looking at the promo with buying AA miles, and just realized it is possible to use them for both Etihad and Qatar Airways. I am based in Abu Dhabi, and use both airlines all the time, but on separate programmes (Etihad Guest and Privilege Club). However, if I were to buy AA miles, can I use them to book either one of those airlines to fly from Abu Dhabi to Asia 1 or 2? If so, I should use AA all the time, as redemption price is a lot lower for AA miles than Etihad Guest miles – I see AUH to MNL is 40k miles in business with AA, but if I book with Etihad miles it costs 84k miles, which is double the price?
I cannot find a way to book Etihad or Qatar Airways on the AA site, but I guess it is possible to use the call center instead?
That’s totally fine if youre buying miles. AA’s website only shows award space for a handful of partners so you will have to call. Etihad’s space shows up on their own website and you can search for Qatar space on BA’s website. You can also mix partners and work in a layover under 24 hours into your ticket, such as via Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur and then connecting to a Cathay or Malaysian flight, respectively.