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American Airlines flies their Flagship, 777-300ER, from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, and it’s a nice long route to fully enjoy all the perks of premium travel: pjs, movies, nice champagne. Normally, I wouldn’t advocate spending the difference between business ( 70k AA miles, and First 110k), but one of the the little secrets of American’s premium cabins is using Etihad. I was looking at space to Asia, and happened upon a nice bevy of availability throughout the year. If you’re using Etihad to book, the difference between business, which has limited avail, and first class is just 12,500 miles.
Etihad award chart for AA.
Various points of availability.
One of the best ways to transfer into Etihad is American Express membership rewards
How you’d utilize Amex points is by searching the availability on AA.com. When you find the dates that you want to book, call into Etihad and ask them to pull the space, transfers are instant, so once they have found the space ask them to hold. You can transfer 1000:1000 into Etihad, the points should populate, and they can book your tix.
The great thing is that you can utilize the Qantas first class lounge in LA, but you also have access to AA’s Flagship dining experience in Terminal 4, which I haven’t experienced yet, but comes very highly recommended.