Last September, we saw Fiji Airways and Malaysia Airlines added into the American Airlines online award booking system; later in the year, in October, we saw Air Tahiti NuiQatar Airways, and SriLankan Airlines added into the system; this year, in May, we saw Etihad added into the system; and in July, we saw Japan Airlines added into the system.


American Airlines is working impressively on making more partners available in the online award booking system. Cathay Pacific awards are now bookable on aa.com. It is time to look at this chart again.

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 Pacific
Etihad AirwaysXX
Fiji AirwaysOne World Connect
Finnair
Hawaiian AirlinesX✓*X
Iberia
Japan Airlines
LATAM AirlinesX
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian Airlines
S7 Airlines
SriLankan Airlines

In the past, although both the Alaska Mileage Plan and American Airlines have had a nice redemption rate on Cathay Pacific, we need to use British Airways website to see whether there are award spaces available and then call to book.

Now, with Cathay Pacific awards added on aa.com, the only oneworld partner that is available on the British Airways website, but not on aa.com, is LATAM.

Search for Awards

American Airlines is currently using a new system to search its own dynamic price; any award search from the home page will lead you there. So, to search for Cathay Pacific, we need to use the advanced search.

aa.com Instruction

The first thing to do in the advanced search page is to select redeem miles.

aa.com Instruction

After that, put in departure city, arrival city and the dates like you normally would. Note to change the airline option to all airlines at the bottom of the page.

aa.com Instruction

In the search result page, select the class you want and Cathay Pacific awards should be in MileSAAver categories. If you want to see the availability for the whole month, select open full calendar. Available dates are obvious here.

aa.com Instruction

Finally, select the dates that are available and choose the flight you want to book. Here are some examples of Economy, Business, and First Class awards from New York to Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific Economy Class Awards Example
Cathay Pacific Business Class Awards Example
Cathay Pacific First Class Award Example

Redemption Rate

Cathay Pacific’s base, Hong Kong, is defined as Asia Region 2 in American Airlines’ award chart.

From Asia Region 2 to Contiguous 48 U.S. states & CanadaMiles
Economy Class37,500
Business Class70,000
First Class110,000

Cathay Pacific Experience

Currently, Cathay Pacific flies to 10 destinations in North America, including New York (JFK, EWR), Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), San Fransisco (SFO), Chicago (ORD), Seattle (SEA), Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR) and Washington (IAD). Note that not all destinations and all flights offer First Class.

Some of its Boeing B777-300ER aircraft feature 6 First Class seats in a 1-1-1 configuration. However, most short-haul flights just canceled First Class. Check out Sam’s review for more detail.

For Business Class, all its long-haul aircraft feature reverse-herringbone seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. The service is going to get some upgrades soon.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900XWB Business Class

In Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific is operating 4 Business Class lounges and 2 First Class lounges. Check out Sam’s review for The Pier, First.

Bottom Line

Just like a few months ago, it is great to see American Airlines moving forward with their online award booking system. Things get even better considering Cathay Pacific is a five-star airline and they offer some exclusive routes with nice products.

What is your experience using the online award booking for Cathay Pacific on aa.com?

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