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Least expensive east coast business class to Asia on AA?

Least expensive east coast business class to Asia on AA?

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Old Dec 8, 18, 4:19 pm
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Least expensive east coast business class to Asia on AA?

Hello -

I'm trying to burn my last systemwide upgrades.
My ideal destination city would be somewhere in Asia beyond HKG where I could buy J and upgrade to F on the AA portion JFK-LAX-HKG and still get a through fare onward on CX.
I've found JFK-LAX-HKG-TPE for around $3800 using an upgrade from J to F JFK-LAX-HKG that includes J on the CX HKG-TPE.
From the US, I would like to depart from the east coast. NY is preferred by DC or BOS would be okay too.
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old Dec 8, 18, 6:10 pm
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Old Dec 8, 18, 7:31 pm
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Try from YYZ or YUL if possible.
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Old Dec 8, 18, 9:25 pm
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Old Dec 8, 18, 9:29 pm
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Try posting in the mileage run forum too.
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Old Dec 8, 18, 9:39 pm
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Besides looking at positioning to Canada (and I would include YVR on the list), also check out AA Vacations. With business class, you may be able to score a good deal (note that if you are planning a longer trip, you only have to book a hotel for 3 days through AA Vacations). I would start with BKK, SIN, SGN, and HAN.

Part of your problem is that there aren't many options for using a SWU from J to F; you're basically limited to DFW/LAX-HKG, LAX-HND (starting in June of next year), and JFK-LAX domestically.
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Old Dec 9, 18, 8:59 am
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LAX-HKG youíre almost 100% certain to clear into F. I donít think Iíve ever seen that cabin full.

have you been to Bali (DPS)?

We go twice a year and we always fly the LAX-HKG leg and have cleared from Y into J every single time.

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With LAX and HKG youíll get the two best F lounges in the world, too.

QF F @ LAX and The Pier F at HKG.
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Old Dec 9, 18, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by 355F1 View Post
With LAX and HKG youíll get the two best F lounges in the world, too.

QF F @ LAX and The Pier F at HKG.
Eh...that might be overstating it just a tad. What about QF F in SYD? AF F in CDG? LH F in FRA?

Also, given the timing of LAX-HKG, the QF lounge is absolutely heaving at that time of the day (to the point that I might prefer the relative calm of Flagship First dining over in AAís Flagship lounge, despite the pretty subpar food thereóIíve found JFKís Flagship First dining, on the other hand, to have good food pretty consistently). Also, depending on the season, the LAX-HKG flight doesnít leave until 1 am, and the QF flounge closes at 11:30 pm.

Letís say LAX and HKG have some of the best Oneworld lounges in the world.
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Old Dec 9, 18, 12:56 pm
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But ... if you're looking to buy biz and use a SWU to go to F, seems to me your best class of service option would be JFK.

As others have noted, biz fares to Asia (and Europe) are often cheaper out of Canada. Not sure YUL has non-stops to LAX though and also not sure how easy it is to use a J to F SWU from DFW-HKG,.
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