American Airlines has been impressing me recently by adding a variety of partners to its online award search tool. In the past I’ve written about how I thought that British Airways was the king for oneworld award searches, but it may have just been dethroned. Lets take a look at the partners you can and cant book between the two airlines.

AA/BA PartnersOneWorld PartnerAward Bookable Via AA.comAward Bookable via BA.com
Aer LingusXX✓*
Air Tahiti NuiX✓*X
Air ItalyXX✓*
Alaska AirlinesX✓*X
British Airways
Cape AirXX*X
Cathay PacificX
Etihad AirwaysXX*X
Fiji AirwaysSort Of
Finnair
Hawaiian AirlinesX✓*X
Iberia
Japan Airlines
LATAM AirlinesX
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian Airlines
S7 AirlinesX
Seaborne AirlinesXX*X
SriLankan Airlines

As you can see, American has access to a variety of different partners that aren’t a part of oneworld, but are lacking on 2 key fronts from British Airways; as you still can’t book awards on Cathay Pacific or LATAM on AA.com. If American airlines were able to add 1 of those 2 partners, they would be the go-to when looking for oneworld awards seats.

A part of me loves that they are being proactive in adding these partners to their online search, but adding partners to the online search does hurt the savvy traveller who knows where to look for award space. Regardless, I can’t say I’ve seen significantly less partner award availability since their last round of additions, so maybe my concerns are unwarranted.

Japan Airlines Business Class

Great Uses Of Miles On JAL

Japan Airlines is a great redemption partner, whether you’re using American Airlines miles or Alaska Mileage Plan miles.

If you are planning on using your American Airlines miles you can expect to pay the following rates per one way:

  • US to Japan or Korea — 35,000 miles economy, 60,000 miles business, 80,000 miles first
  • US to Asia 2 — 37,500 miles economy, 70,000 miles business, 110,000 miles first

When using your Alaska Mileage Plan miles like Sam did a few months ago, you can expect to pay these rates:

To see Sam’s full review of Japan Airlines first class check out his video below:

To be safe, we all should go book our flights to Japan before everyone takes all the easily searchable space!

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