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For most of the last few years, booking Business or First Class awards to Australia or New Zealand with American Airlines miles has been very difficult. But as part of the deluge of premium cabin award space we saw six weeks ago, award space opened up on American Airlines’ routes from Los Angeles to Sydney and Auckland.

That award space is mostly gone. With the big American Airlines devaluation kicking in on March 22, the current picture of premium cabin award space is bleak.

Why This Matters

Ideally you’d book this award space now to save a lot of miles.

 

Current award prices:

  • 37,500 AA miles one way in economy
  • 62,500 in Business
  • 72,500 in First

Award prices for bookings made March 22 or later:

  • 40,000 AA miles one way in economy
  • 80,000 in Business
  • 110,000 in First

Award Space

Here’s all of the award space between Los Angeles and Auckland in Business Class (there is no First Class on the Dreamliner that serves the route):

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That’s two days in the eight months between when the route launches in June and the end of the calendar.

Here is the award space in Business Class from Auckland to Los Angeles:

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 7.01.04 PM Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 7.01.34 PMThat’s three days.

From Los Angeles to Sydney, this is all the premium cabin award space over the next 11 months (this route has Business and First Class):

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That’s three of the next 331 days with Business Class award space only.

From Sydney to Los Angeles, this is all the premium cabin award space over the next 11 months.
Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 7.04.25 PMThat’s three of the next 331 days with First Class award space only.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking to burn American Airlines miles before the devaluation, don’t look at Australia and New Zealand.

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