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More previously impossible AAdvantage awards and upgrades are now open (even New Zealand)

by on Fri January 29, 2016 • 4 Comments

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American AAdvantage has started testing a new, more generous approach to offering Saver level seats and upgrades to First and Business Class on its long haul flights to Europe, South America, Asia, and the South Pacific, according to the View from the Wing blog.

Getting to Europe this summer is now pretty easy with lots of award space to many European cities, even from the West Coast if you’re willing to connect in an AA hub. The same for Asia.

But what’s most remarkable is that some of American’s longest, and most premium routes, where it has been almost impossible to get Saver awards or advance upgrades, are also getting in on the action, even if it’s a bit less generous.

Think Los Angeles to Auckland, Sydney, and London. Or American’s flights to deep South America.

Spend your weekend booking flights in case this space dries up. Prices increase on March 22, and AAdvantage lets you hold award reservations for up to 5 days free of charge without needing to enter credit card information.

Los Angeles – Sydney

If you’re willing to fly solo, there are plenty of dates to go in First Class on American’s Los Angeles – Sydney service for just 72,500 miles one way.


Los Angeles – Auckland

While there’s no Saver award space, there are actually plenty of dates with upgrade space available, either with miles or with an Executive Platinum Systemwide Upgrade. Here are dates in November:


Los Angeles – London

While you won’t find prime summer award space on the Los Angeles – London route yet, you’ll find multiple Saver award seats per flight in the early fall, still a spectacular time to visit Europe, especially when it’s only 50,000 miles one way.


But there’s plenty of upgrade space during the prime summer months, a fantastic use of miles or a Systemwide Upgrade certificate.


New York – Buenos Aires

Deep South America availability has been near impossible to find lately, but now it’s wide open almost every day in the fall for multiple passengers, and there are also plenty of dates in February and March this year.


If you ever wanted to use your miles for a long haul American Airlines flight, don’t go outside this weekend, and book.


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4 thoughts on More previously impossible AAdvantage awards and upgrades are now open (even New Zealand)

  1. TVB

    How did you find the availability for the mileage business class upgrade awards? I know how to search for the charts, but not the upgrades on American. Thanks.


      @TVB – Using There is a fee to use the service, but it provides direct access to AA upgrade inventory displays.

  2. Kieran

    Can you see or tell me how to see if there is any upgrade availability from Dallas (DFW) – Hong Kong (HKG) feb 10.11 14 ?
    Thank you


      @Kieran – Unfortunately no, not much in Feb for those expiring SWUs. Plenty later in the spring like in May though.


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