How to Search BA.com to Book British Airways and American Airlines Awards Like a Pro

One of the main reasons why people who don't know how miles work think that miles are a scam is because they searched award space in the wrong place! For instance, they wanted to use American Airlines miles and searched AA.com. While that sounds logical, that's often the wrong place to search. BA.com is often the better place to search.

Knowing how to use BA.com is crucial for making award bookings with British Airways Avios and American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

How to Use an Award Booking Service

I run the MileValue Award Booking Service. We use your miles and your goals to book your dream trip. How does it work? And how can you use an award booking service properly?

Choose one award booking service when you know the who, where, and when
Fill out the submission form thoroughly
Be responsive to email
Enjoy your trip

1. Choose one award booking service when you know the who, where, and when
2. Fill out the submission form thoroughly
There are several award booking services of varying quality.

How to Book an Open Jaw Award on AA.com

Open jaw awards are valuable because they allow you to see two cities for the price of one. You can always book American Airlines awards to include one or even two open jaws, right on aa.com.

So, what is an open jaw anyway?

An open jaw happens when the origin of one direction of an award does not match up with the destination of the other.

Planning Myself a Three One Way Award to South America

In January, I'll be in the United States, and I'll need to get back down to Southern South America.

Planning Myself a Three One Way Award to South America

In January, I'll be in the United States, and I'll need to get back down to Southern South America.

Tons of Delta Business Class Award Space to Europe for Next Summer

There is fantastic flat bed Business Class award space for two people on Delta flights to Europe next summer for the Level 1 (on the former, now deleted chart) price

United Finally Shows Award Routing Rules Online

United now shows its award routing rules online. (Dummy) book an award, and on the page where you review your complete award itinerary, click "View fare rules and restrictions."

You will get a very long list of the award rules that pertain to your award ticket.

United Finally Shows Award Routing Rules Online

United now shows its award routing rules online. (Dummy) book an award, and on the page where you review your complete award itinerary, click "View fare rules and restrictions."

You will get a very long list of the award rules that pertain to your award ticket.

A Test of Your Knowledge of United Awards (Updated with Answer)

How many miles would it cost to book a United award in economy from Aruba to Panama City to Bogota to the Galapagos with stops for as long as you'd like in each place? 

 

There is a layover in Quito, but that doesn't affect the price. For reference, this single award would look something like this:

 

 

This award costs only 20,000 United miles.

Example of Six Stop RTW Trip You Can Book for $111 Plus Five Credit Card Sign Ups

The idea of big trips fascinates me. True round-the-world (RTW) awards are basically dead, so the game now is to string together several cheap one way awards into a RTW trip. To help you out, I regularly update a page that strives to list all the cheap awards between all regions of the world.

Here's how you could use that post to put together a RTW trip.