A week ago I gave American AAdvantage a hard time over lack of premium cabin award availability to anywhere any time on their own American Airlines flights.
I think that criticism was fare. However there’s now a little bit better availability on some routes, so in fairness it seems worth highlighting that. Los Angeles – Hong Kong is one route where award availability has seemed to open up quite a bit, with a couple of business class award seats available a reasonable number of dates between mid-May and mid-December.
Here’s (2) passengers in business class in August and September:
And here’s November:
There’s availability in the other direction, Hong Kong – Los Angeles as well.
Los Angeles – Hong Kong is one of (4) routes where American offers an upgraded premium product with better meals and pajamas in business class (the others are Dallas – Hong Kong, Los Angeles – Sydney, and Los Angeles – Auckland).
The Hong Kong flight is operated with American’s Boeing 777-300ER, which has one of my favorite business class seats.
American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Business Class
AAdvantage charges 70,000 miles each way for business class between the US and ‘Asia 2’ which doesn’t just include Hong Kong but allows you to connect to other cities in the region on Cathay Pacific or Malaysia Airlines (or other airlines, for instance both SriLankan and Royal Jordanian fly Hong Kong – Bangkok).
Generally speaking when business class awards are available, confirmable upgrades are available too — so it’s a great time to book paid tickets on American to Hong Kong in economy and confirm upgrades as well.