One of my cousins in Sydney is getting married. I just put a couple of Dallas – Sydney Qantas A380 first class award seats on hold. There are two points about this award booking that are worth passing along as you think about booking your own award travel using AAdvantage miles.
- The seats did not show up at AA.com. Two first class award seats on each flight did show up on the Qantas and BA websites, and the agent had no problem seeing them when I called. Never rely on AA.com for Qantas availability.
- Requesting award space is alive. I was perfectly happy with Dallas – Sydney even if it meant I had to buy space from Austin to Dallas. I didn’t see any award space for that segment.
Ironic of course that Qantas first is available but nothing in American coach on a route they fly 11 times a day… But I asked the agent to see if we could grab some space to complete the itinerary. It came back confirmed. And this isn’t a last minute booking this is ~ 8 months out.
Asking American to release award seats used to be a common successful technique and hasn’t worked for me in a long time. I thought it was worth passing on that it worked, so it’s not completely dead.
I’m looking forward to flying the Qantas A380 in first class again.