Qantas has started flying San Francisco – Sydney now that American has picked up a Los Angeles – Sydney flight as a part of the joint venture between the two airlines.
And Qantas has now released some business class award space on the route for two passengers in February, March, and April. (HT: Point Hacks)
The space does not appear bookable at AA.com.
However it is space that’s bookable by partner airlines. I can book the seats at the British Airways BA.com website, for instance. So you’ll need to call American to book the awards. I’m on a flight, but Pizza in Motion confirms he spoke with American telephone agents who do see Qantas award space even though it doesn’t come up on American’s website.
Here’s what BA.com shows available in March:
American charges 62,500 miles each way between the US and Australia in business class. They also allow awards to be put on hold for 5 days, whether you have sufficient miles in your account or not (you can always top off by buying miles or transferring them in such as from Starwood).
Qantas awards can usually be booked online, so calling incurs a telephone booking charge. However since these awards do not show up on the website it’s worth asking American to waive the booking fee.
Alaska Airlines actually charges just 55,000 miles each way for this award as well, so if you’re a Mileage Plan member with a good balance you may be in luck as well.