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Depending on your view point this is either amazing or awful, but either way you can now book Cathay Pacific space on aa.com (HT: Gary Leff at View from the Wing) and save yourself having to check on ba.com and then call American.

AA.com Now Shows Cathay Pacific Award Space

JAL was added earlier in the year, so your luxury options to Asia are well covered. They’ve also recently added Qatar, Sri Lankan and Etihad – though Etihad Apartment availability tends only show and not be actually bookable unless you phone the AAdvantage desk in Australia.

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You won’t find this feature on the normal aa.com, though. You’ll have to use this “old booking engine link.” If you use the “new” engine, this option won’t show up.

You can book direct to or from HKG or onward to Asia or the Indian Subcontinent on one award. (Yes, that includes Male, Maldives – but good luck on finding that connection).

Award availability is great for next year, currently, although with everything going on in Hong Kong now, you’ll want to consider that in your planning.

It will price at 110,000 AA miles for the fantastic Cathay Pacific First Class product, with just the $5,60 in fees outbound to HKG.  Both Cathay Pacific and JAL make my list of 5 reasons American Airlines AAdvantage miles are underrated.

For me, easier online bookings beats calling any day. What do you think?

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