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How to Search for Award Tickets for Oneworld Airlines

In a previous post, I mentioned which search engines you could use to find award tickets on oneworld airlines.  I didn’t mention when you would want to use one search engine over another so I wanted to cover that today.

  • www.aa.com – This is the American Airlines web site.  It is free and you do not need a frequent flyer account to search on this site.  This site only shows availability for American Airlines.  It does not show partner airline availability.  If you can find a MileSAAver award on the American web site, you can book that flight using British Airways miles.
  • www.britishairways.com – This is the British Airways web site.  It is free but you do need a frequent flyer account to search on the site.  Creating a frequent flyer account is free and you do not need to have any miles in the account to search.  The down side to using the British Airways site for searching is that it always looks for British Airways flights flight and it tries to route you through London.  However, after that initial search, you can include partner airlines if BA flights are not found.  And unlike some other sites, this site does show Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific availability.
  • www.qantas.com – This is the Qantas web site.  It is free but you do need a frequent flyer account to search on the site.  Creating a frequent flyer account is free and you do not need to have any miles in the account to search.  This site is good for searching for European flights, since unlike British Airways, it does not try to force you on a British Airways flight.  However, this site is not good for Asia awards since it does not show availability for Japan Airlines and the Cathay Pacific results are sometimes unreliable.
  • www.expertflyer.com – This is a paid site.  It has a lot of flexibility in how you can search for awards and it will tell you have many award tickets are available.  However, it only shows information for the following oneworld partners: American, Alaska, Qantas, and economy Finn Air.
  • www.kvstool.com – This is a paid site.  It shows award availability for all airlines in the oneworld alliance.
  • www.awardnexus.com – You must be a member of Flyertalk to access this site.  It is not as advanced as Expert Flyer or the KVS Tool, but it does include all of the oneworld alliance airlines.

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How to Redeem American Airline AAdvantage Miles

When redeeming American Airlines frequent flyer miles, you have 3 redemption options:

  • All American Airlines award
  • All Partner award
  • OneWorld award

The easiest to understand, and the one I would assume most people use, is the All American Airlines award ticket.  This ticket would be one where you only fly on American Airlines flights.  You can book them directly on American’s web site.  Today I’ll walk through those basics.  Later in the week, I’ll talk about Partner awards, stopovers, use of one way tickets to mimic open jaws (which are no longer allowed on American Airlines), and OneWorld awards.

The easiest way to search for American Airlines award availability is on American Airline’s web site.  Let’s say you wanted to travel from Boston to Los Angeles in September and you don’t have specific dates you want to travel.

Open the American Aireline’s web site.  Check the box for Redeem AAdvantage Miles, enter in BOS for Depart From, LAX for Arrive In, September dates in the Depart Date and Return Date fields, and click Find Flights.

Select the date you want to travel from Boston to LA on by clicking on the box.  Notice that the dates that use the least amount of miles are the light green color.

Select the date you want to travel from LA to Boston on by clicking on the box, then click the Continue button at the bottom of the screen.  Note: If you weren’t already logged into your American AAdvantage account by now, there would be boxes asking you to log in.  I was already logged in, so it didn’t display those fields.

Select the flights you want to take from Boston to LA by clicking on the group of flights.  After you selected the outgoing flights you like, then click on the Return section on the left hand side of the screen.

Select the returns flights you want to take by clicking on the grouping of flights.

Scroll to the bottom of the page.  You will see a log in section.  Enter your AAdvantage number and password and click the Log In button.

The next page is the confirmation and payment page.  Confirm the information is correct and enter your information for payment and enjoy your trip!  (The total cost of this trip would have been 25,000 miles and $10 in taxes.)

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