Via Milepoint, in addition to already adding online searches of Alaska Airlines award space, the American AAdvantage website has also added the ability to search British Airways and Hawaiian as well.
Here’s a search of first class awards from Washington Dulles to London, one-way, which shows space on BA pretty much every day. DC isn’t a huge premium market, I see Air France as “O9″ many days of the week (wide open business class awards, great for redeeming Delta miles). BA awards are pretty wide open as well.
The key here of course is the taxes and fees, British Airways fuel surcharges are a killer, the website shows taxes and fees available for different itineraries as being between $2.50 and $700, the former being an American Airlines redemption and the latter being about what you’ll pay on BA. Ouch.
Still, $700 plus miles for a first class award that’s really available will be useful to some, and putting the information clearly online is a huge step forward in transparency.
Here’s a snapshot of Hawaiian Airlines space bookable on the website, coach from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
I especially like the website showing choices of airlines, in this case three (American/Alaska/Hawaiian). And that the partner awards come up as part of the award calendar.
When American finally gets the rest of their partners online this functionality is going to be huge.