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US to SYD via LAX in F - Award Deals for August 2023

US to SYD via LAX in F - Award Deals for August 2023

Old Jul 5, 2023, 3:36 pm
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US to SYD via LAX in F - Award Deals for August 2023

Just booked for 84k miles one way in F from XXX-LAX-SYD. There were plenty of dates at this price in August. Maybe this is posted and known about but I thought it was a steal (even for very off season in Australia). Using it as a jumping off point to Bali!
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 6:26 pm
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With all of the Australia/NZ flights UA is adding this year together with more QF flights coming, we could be heading into an over-capacity situation for awhile which should/might yield some pretty good deals on AA as well as the others.
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 8:04 pm
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Originally Posted by JetAway
With all of the Australia/NZ flights UA is adding this year together with more QF flights coming, we could be heading into an over-capacity situation for awhile which should/might yield some pretty good deals on AA as well as the others.
I agree, and great news in a traditionally difficult award market (and premium cash market). I have seen and heard lots of people complaining about finding award availability to Asia in coming months and this could make sense for some.
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 8:19 pm
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AA international First is utter garbage, but at 84K it's a good deal for what is nothing more than Business Class with soup.
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 8:27 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777
AA international First is utter garbage, but at 84K it's a good deal for what is nothing more than Business Class with soup.
agreed. Business class is 72k. Save the miles.
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 9:27 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777
AA international First is utter garbage, but at 84K it's a good deal for what is nothing more than Business Class with soup.
Agreed. I won't eat and am secretly hoping for IRROPS and a switch to QF (I've padded my schedule by a few days) But for 84k to Australia and use of the QF lounge at LAX I didn't think it was too bad. The personal space alone is worth (over J) it for me on a 15 hour flight.
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by nw6338
Agreed. I won't eat and am secretly hoping for IRROPS and a switch to QF (I've padded my schedule by a few days) But for 84k to Australia and use of the QF lounge at LAX I didn't think it was too bad. The personal space alone is worth (over J) it for me on a 15 hour flight.
Having just recently flown AA FF JFK-LAX-SYD-LAX-JFK, 84k miles is an absolute steal and a no-brainer IMHO. While the business class seats are certainly adequate, I did find FF to feel much more private and tranquil for these long-hauls. The food is not so great, but the service was top-notch and access to the QF F Lounges at LAX and SYD are certainly worth the price of admission for a hearty meal before the flights (and a massage in SYD).
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 9:57 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777
AA international First is utter garbage, but at 84K it's a good deal for what is nothing more than Business Class with soup.
As I agree with you Im also curious as to what AFs redemption levels are for their international F seats. I imagine quite high.
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 10:03 pm
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As I agree with you Im also curious as to what AFs redemption levels are for their international F seats. I imagine quite high.
AF? Or QF?
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 10:20 pm
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AF? Or QF?
Air France. I know it's Sky Team but I was just curious.
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 10:24 pm
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Originally Posted by enviroian
Air France. I know it's Sky Team but I was just curious.
not an option to use miles for AF F unless you have highest status on AF. Flying blue miles are probably a tough option to ANZ in general if that was your point.
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 10:29 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777
AA international First is utter garbage, but at 84K it's a good deal for what is nothing more than Business Class with soup.
I needed AA Flagship F as some kind of floor to critique other airlines properly:

Originally Posted by percysmith
I've taken some AA this year, both in the back and Flagship First, and no way has things with CX sunk to that low.
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 11:12 pm
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Originally Posted by nw6338
not an option to use miles for AF F unless you have highest status on AF. Flying blue miles are probably a tough option to ANZ in general if that was your point.
ANZ wasn't my point more or less, my point was what does it take miles wise to book a transatlantic AF F using miles. I think you answered my question. Flying blue is their EXP equivalent?
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Old Jul 5, 2023, 11:19 pm
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Originally Posted by enviroian
ANZ wasn't my point more or less, my point was what does it take miles wise to book a transatlantic AF F using miles. I think you answered my question. Flying blue is their EXP equivalent?
Yep, you have to have Flying Blue Platinum or pay cash to fly AF F.
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Old Jul 6, 2023, 1:03 am
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Originally Posted by nw6338
Yep, you have to have Flying Blue Platinum or pay cash to fly AF F.
Although my understanding is that there are sometimes reasonable buy-up offers close to departure/check-in if you're booked in J (revenue or award).
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