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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Booking Etihad flights using AA miles: a brief review

One of the best redemptions I've ever made was the pre-devaluation flights that took us from Auckland to the Maldives and back to JFK.  A380 business class at that point for two people was only 225,000 miles!

If you have American Airlines miles, this is still a decent option for redemption if you're looking to travel to that region. 

To find award flights, visit the Etihad website and search for miles options with "guestseat" award categories.  Once you have those flights identified, you will still need to contact the AA Australia/New Zealand call center to book (since US agents still can't see most redemption options).   Make sure to confirm the amount of miles you need by visiting AA's chart for OneWorld and partner airlines.  Note the Maldives is considered "Indian Subcontinent" and the Seychelles is "Africa". 

A quick review shows from the US to the Maldives in business class is 70,000 miles one way per person.

The Australian Call Center number: +61 2 9101 1948

Happy award seat hunting!

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