Award Space on American Airlines’ Brand New Routes

A few weeks ago, One Mile at a Time was all over the new American Airlines international routes:

Dallas (DFW) <-> Seoul (ICN)
Dallas (DFW) <-> Lima (LIM)
Chicago (ORD) <-> Dusseldorf (DUS)
New York (JFK) <-> Dublin (DUB)

Those flights went on sale yesterday, meaning that they were added to the award calendars. I decided to take a look at the award-space picture, and I found some surprising results.

American Airlines Domestic Availability Trick

In February from Nairobi, Kenya, I booked an American Airlines award 331 days out from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles in Qantas business class (with a later free oneway to Tampa.) See my Anatomy of an Award post on that booking.

On that booking, I noticed something odd about the way that American Airlines releases its domestic award space on some routes.

Citi AAdvantage Visa and American Express: $2,099 Sign Up Bonuses

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Citi AAdvantage Visa and American Express Quick Facts

Issuing Bank: Citi

Absolute Value of Sign Up Bonuses (combined): $2,098.77

Rebate Percentage of Visa: 49.4%

Rebate Percentage of American Express: 22.2%


I am combining my analysis of these two cards because hundreds of people have reported you can get both cards on the same day! I've done it myself, and getting both at once is a no-brainer.

The issuing bank is Citi for both cards.

How to Get to Australia and New Zealand with American Airlines Miles Part 1

Australia and New Zealand are a tough place to get to with miles, especially if you want to go from mid-December through March, which encompasses Christmas, New Year's, and the Southern Hemisphere's summer.

Having booked several trips to Australia and New Zealand for myself, family, and others through my Award Booking Service, I'll share some tips on getting there with American Airlines miles.


American Airlines allows oneway bookings at half the price of roundtrip awards.

Free First Class Next Month: Using for oneworld Awards

Hey there, you're reading an outdated post! The updated series from April 2015 can be found here.

This is the twenty-fifth post in a monthlong series. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another two minutes to complete.