Qantas

Let’s talk about transferring ThankYou Points to airline partners for redeeming on domestic awards. This is part one in a series that will allow you to master redeeming awards within the United States, no matter what kind of points or miles you might have.

“How to Maximize Domestic Award Redemptions” Series Index

  • How to Maximize Domestic Award Redemptions Series: ThankYou Points (this post)
  • How to Maximize Domestic Award Redemptions Series: Ultimate Rewards
  • How to Maximize Domestic Award Redemptions Series: Membership Rewards (future post)
  • How to Maximize Domestic Award Redemptions Series: SPG Points (future post)
  • How to Maximize Domestic Award Redemptions Series: Conclusions About Best Overall Miles for Domestic Awards (future post)

Citi ThankYou Points are transferable to one hotel and 12 airline programs. Folks who have a Citi ThankYou® Premier, Citi Prestige®, or Citi Chairman card can transfer Citi ThankYou Points at a 1:1 ratio to (click links for posts on basics and sweetspots of that program):

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You can also transfer 1,000 ThankYou Points to 1,500 Hilton HHonors points, and 1,000 ThankYou Points to 500 Virgin America Elevate points.

Redeeming ThankYou Points for a Fixed Value on Revenue Tickets

You can also redeem ThankYou Points on cash flights for a fixed value. ThankYou Points earned by the Citi ThankYou® Premier are worth 1.25 cents each on any airline. ThankYou Points earned by the Citi Prestige® can be redeemed on any airline for 1.33 cents.

ThankYou Points earned solely from the Citi ThankYou® Premier cannot be redeemed for 1.6 cents on American and codeshare partners, but if you also have the Citi Prestige® Card along with the Premier, you can pool the points and redeem them like you would ThankYou Points earned from the Prestige.

As you’ll see with some of the examples below (or the examples in any of the Citi ThankYou transfer partners’ sweetspot articles, linked above), it is possible to redeem your ThankYou Points for a higher value than 1.33 cents each. But 1.33 cents is decent, and it could be worth investigating if you can’t get more than 1.33 cents of value per mile transferring to an airline partner or using a different type of point or mile completely (not to mention you will also earn butt-in-seat miles redeeming ThankYou Points this way, which you wouldn’t by redeeming miles).

Redeeming ThankYou Points for fixed value is obviously going to be better in cases when you can book the flight with plenty of notice, there’s a fare sale, or any other factor that makes the cash price cheaper.

For example, take the flight below:
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This economy flight between Dallas and Philadelphia costs $130 to book out of pocket, which translates to 9,775 ThankYou Points if you redeem them for a fixed value of 1.33 cents each. I got that number by dividing the price (130) by .0133.

In the case of this example, it would cost less ThankYou Points to redeem them on this American Airlines flight for 1.33 cents each then it would transferring them to any of the airline transfer partners.

Now let’s get into some of the higher value redemption options on awards within the United States when transferring your ThankYou Points to one of their 12 partner loyalty programs.

Qantas Club

Qantas is a part of oneworld Alliance along with American Airlines. The strength in Qantas’ redemption charts is the price of short distance flights, since their award pricing is based on distance flown and not regions. For example, here is Qantas’ chart for flying American Airlines:

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You can fly American Airlines flights under 600 miles for only 8,000 Qantas miles. For perspective, American Airlines charges 7,500 American Airlines miles for direct flights of 500 miles or less, and United charges 10,000 United miles for flights of 700 miles or less.

Qantas is also partners with Alaska Airlines, so you can use Qantas miles on Alaska flights. Again, the strength in the chart is short distance flights.

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Flying Blue

Both Flying Blue (Air France/KLM) and Delta are part of the Skyteam Alliance. It costs 30,000 Flying Blue miles + standard taxes/fees (no fuel surcharges) to fly roundtrip in Delta economy between the mainland United States and Hawaii. You can also book one way Flying Blue Awards for half the price of a roundtrip (in this case, 15,000 Flying Blue miles).

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Delta charges 45,000 miles roundtrip between the mainland United States and Hawaii.

Stopovers are not allowed on one way Classic Flying Blue Awards. It is not clear how may stopovers you can have on a roundtrip, but definitely at least one. Travel is Free also reported that you have to call Flying Blue (1 800 375 8723) if you’d like to include stopovers as a part of your roundtrip award.

**BONUS** 

There is currently a glitch with Flying Blue’s award prices between the mainland United States and Kauai (LIH) specifically. While it should be priced at 15,000 Flying Blue miles, it’s actually priced at 12,500.

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Read Flying Blue Glitch: 12,500 Miles to Kauai to learn more.

Singapore Krisflyer

Singapore Airlines and United are fellow members of Star Alliance. You can redeem Singapore Krisflyer miles between the continental United States and Hawaii on United flights for 17,500 miles each way in economy and 30,000 miles in First with no fuel surcharges. United charges 22,500 and 40,000 miles respectively for the same flights! (Get the flat bed in first!)

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You can also fly within the United States on United Business Class for 20,000 Krisflyer miles each way.

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Virgin Atlantic doesn’t have flights within the United States, but they are partners with Delta.

For 45,000 Virgin Atlantic miles you can fly Delta One roundtrip within the United States, which is 5,000 miles less than what Delta charges for it. It must be booked as a roundtrip however, as Virgin Atlantic partner redemptions will cost the roundtrip price even if you book a one way.

You can redeem Virgin Atlantic miles on Hawaiian or Delta flights to Hawaii from the mainland as well, but you can find better deals (like those stated above) redeeming Krisflyer or Flying Blue miles.

Virgin America

Virgin America is also a Citi ThankYou Point transfer partner, but the transfer ratio is 2:1 which normally wipes out the value– unless there is a transfer bonus, in which it might behove you to take advantage.

Bottom Line

Just because Citi ThankYou Points don’t have any 1:1 transfer partners that are American loyalty programs does not box you out from using ThankYou Points on domestic awards. There are transfer partners that open you up to the majority of American award space (Singapore can book United flights, Qantas can book American Airlines and Alaska Airlines, and Flying Blue can book Delta). Singapore will probably provide you the highest value redemptions overall domestically (not to mention internationally), but there are handful of good options, especially to Hawaii.

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A reader wrote to me recently about his success story planning and booking a fantastic Round-the-World honeymoon, through knowledge and tips he picked up right here on MileValue. He was eager to share his story, in hopes of showing you all that a luxurious round-the-world adventure is completely within reach if you apply and dedicate yourself to making it happen. For the sake of anonymity, we will call him by his avatar here on the site, Pumatiger. 
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Where A Reader’s Honeymoon Around the World, Part 2 left off: With the Maldives portion of the trip and a side journey to visit Pumatiger’s grandmother in Bangalore set, it was time to figure out how they would get to their final destination, Australia. 
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And now, back to you, Pumatiger…

From Bangalore to Australia With An Interesting Twist

From Bangalore we had various options to get to Sydney including Qatar Airways (via Doha) and Etihad (again via Abu Dhabi). Another option was to fly cheaply to Dubai and then fly via Qantas to Sydney. Initially I reserved an award via Doha with a long layover but after talking with family it looked like if we transited through the UAE a cousin of mine could be our tour guide. I also saw this MileValue post about the Etihad A380 apartment and this one about the Etihad A380 lounge.

These articles and the various YouTube videos I watched along with the prospect of seeing family and having a 21 hour layover in the United Arab Emirates all sounded great. We were able to find Business Class tickets for the dates we had in mind and we jumped on them, again having to call Australia to make the booking. We were excited to be able to get a long layover in UAE, see family, and enjoy Etihad Business Class service that included chauffeur pick up in Bangalore and drop-off in Sydney! Plus, there was the great A380 lounge and the chance to possibly get the A380 Apartment a few days before the flight! The Business awards from Bangalore-Abu Dhabi-Sydney were 45k miles (90k total for two people) and $86 total in taxes.

Here are some photos from our 21 hour layover in the UAE:

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Skyline of Dubai
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Indoor Skiing!
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The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa.

We didn’t end up with the A380 First Class Apartment, but Business Class on the A380 was still quite luxurious.

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The A380 with the iconic AUH air traffic control tower!
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Etihad Business Class on the A380 from Abu Dhabi to Sydney
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Etihad Business Class on the A380 from Abu Dhabi to Sydney
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Premium lounge flying Etihad on an A380

Accommodation and Our Time in Australia

For the first part of our Australia trip we decided to stay in the Blue Mountains using AirBnb. It was nice having a whole home instead of a hotel room for a bit. We took advantage of the washer to do laundry

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The Jamison Valley, a Grand Canyon with trees

We decided instead to use miles for our time in Sydney. After garnering the correct amount of AA miles I opened a Chase Sapphire Preferred with a 40K Ultimate Reward bonus after meeting minimum spending requirements. By adding my fiancé as a registered user I was able to acquire an additional 5k miles and after purchases I was able to get the account up to 60k miles.

I joined slightly before Chase upped their award from 40k to 50k. This was a bummer– calling agents made no difference and they would not honor the additional 10k.

With the 60K Ultimate Rewards we looked at booking the Park Hyatt Sydney via the Ultimate Rewards website but after reading about transferring Ultimate Rewards to partners instead of cashing them in for a penny a piece for cash back, we performed a comparison analysis of transferring to Hyatt and decided to do that instead.

We were able to book two nights at the beautiful property right on the harbor.

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Our hotel, the Park Hyatt Sydney
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View of the Opera House from outside the Park Hyatt Sydney

For the other two nights we planned on staying in Sydney, I opened the Hyatt Credit Card featured in this MileValue post so we could extend our stay at the same Park Hyatt.

Any round-the-world trip is bound to hit some snags and this was the biggest for us: the two nights posted after hitting the $1000 minimum spending requirement, but Hyatt created a second rewards number for me. Since I was looking in the account with my original rewards number, I never saw the award post. I finally realized the error one day before we were leaving the Blue Mountains to head to Sydney, however, the property decided to block one of the nights we needed. As a result, we had three nights booked with one night not booked. When we got to the property we asked for the night to be made available and we were given the run around and definitely made to feel as though we were second class citizens since we were booking via points. I don’t know if this was a Hyatt thing or just specific to this property but that along with other peculiarities makes me believe that the Park Hyatt Sydney is not the most welcoming to those wanting to redeem points.

But a trip is what you make of it– and the trip was still great. We enjoyed Sydney to the fullest.

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A honeymooner’s welcome :)
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Catching a drama at the Opera House
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The Thai food in Sydney was to die for!
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Bondi Beach

Getting Home

For our return to the United States we used my wife’s AA miles to book two economy awards on Qantas. Her 50k bonus from the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card had come through which allowed us to book two tickets from Sydney to San Francisco at 37.5k miles each (75k total). For whatever reason, in order to reach Phoenix from San Francisco on an award we would have had to route through Seattle.This was out of the way and not something we wanted to do at the end of our trip. Instead we opted for a 12 hour layover in San Francisco to have lunch with friends and family, and then to simply fly to Phoenix using cash since the tickets were approximately $80 each one way. We were able to use 500 mile upgrades to get into First Class and finish the trip the way we started.

In the end we were able to visit four countries in two weeks. We spent 345,000 American Airlines miles and approximately $400 each ($800 total) on airfare– the actual cash value of which was approximately $50K total. Our booking at the Hyatt should have been approximately $800/night, $2400 total. Instead we got the three nights for free.

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It was a great trip and only made possible through a lot of hard-work, patience, and the great advice from MileValue! There were definitely frustrations and planning took more than most would probably be willing to do, but hopefully you can see what is possible and that you too can book a dream vacation for you and your loved ones!

Happy Travels!

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-Pumatiger

Bottom Line by Scott

I would like to extend a big thank you to Pumatiger for taking the time to write about the process and execution of an excellent set of awards that took him and his wife around the world. It’s stories like these, written by real people and not professional bloggers that study miles and points on a daily basis, that remind us that anyone can book amazing travel for very little money if they put their mind to it.

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A reader wrote to me recently about his success story planning and booking a fantastic Round-the-World honeymoon, through knowledge and tips he picked up right here on MileValue. He was eager to share his story, in hopes of showing you all that a luxurious round-the-world adventure is completely within reach if you apply and dedicate yourself to making it happen. For the sake of anonymity, we will call him by his avatar here on the site, Pumatiger. I give you the floor now Pumatiger. 
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Darwin’s voyage around the world
  • Honeymoon Around the World: Part 1 (this post)
  • Honeymoon Around the World: Part 2 (future post)
  • Honeymoon Around the World: Part 3 (future post)

This story is a breakdown of our Round-the-World honeymoon, and how we did it using advice from MileValue! For a total of 345,000 miles and $802.20 dollars out of pocket, the two of us flew to all of these places over the course of two weeks:

  • Phoenix to Los Angeles in American Airlines BusinessFirst
  • Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi in Etihad First Class
  • Abu Dhabi to The Maldives in Etihad Business Class
  • The Maldives to Bangalore in Air India economy
  • Bangalore to Abu Dhabi in Etihad Business Class
  • Abu Dhabi to Sydney in Etihad Business Class (A380)
  • Sydney to San Francisco in Qantas economy
  • San Francisco to Phoenix in American Airlines BusinessFirst

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How We Did It

Our honeymoon goals became apparent pretty quickly after some discussion with my then fiancé. We wanted to lounge on island and then explore Australia.

We love doing things in a value-chic fashion, so I was curious to see how we could stretch our miles to reach our desired destinations while also flying in style. While we usually always fly economy I thought it would be nice to splurge on the majority of the long haul flights since this was a special occasion.

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Etihad First Class on Boeing 777 from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi
Our Miles Balances

Our miles situation was not terrible, but not great either. We are both good savers and I had approximately 210,000 miles in my American Airlines AAdvantage account that I had garnered from US Airways flights and from the US Airways Barclaycard which is now the AAdvantage Aviator Card.

Our last big trip was the World Cup in Brazil, 2014, so I had been saving for a while. Through work I would take occasional international trips to destinations like China and India and made sure to always fly partners that would get me American Airlines miles. I’d book those flights using the US Airways Barclaycard to get 2X miles. I’d also make work expenditures using my personal card and would get reimbursed later, a great way for me to get miles without spending a dime. My fiancé does not travel for work and so only had 25,000 American Airlines miles in her account.

How I Found MileValue

Since the American Airlines/US Airways merger switched us from Star Alliance to oneworld I was suddenly left unfamiliar with the strategies needed to be successful within the new alliance now holding our miles. I decided to turn to the web by googling ‘American Airlines reward strategies’ or something similar, and found MileValue and the world of travel hacking! Specifically, I found Scott’s in-process compendium on redeeming American Airlines miles.

Pretty quickly into my MileValue experience I learned that there was another American Airlines co-branded credit card out there and we could both sign up for it to get a lot of miles in a hurry. My fiancée and I both signed up for the AAdvantage Platinum Select card by Citi.  After meeting the minimum spending requirements we would receive infusions of 50K each, and the first year’s annual fee would be waived for us both.

Planning the First Portion of the Trip

I began heavier research into how we could stretch our miles to fly in style, and not long after Scott published this post that talked about luxury air travel.

I realized that luxury air travel between the US and Australia was tough to come by and at insane prices (sometimes 200k miles or more for one-way travel!), however, it looked like Etihad award space was pretty wide open and only 90k one way for first class. I had no clue where Etihad flew, but after a brief route map search I realized that they flew to the Maldives. This was an island (one of our goals) and my fiancé had shot down my other destination options as not being ‘Honeymoon-worthy’ so I was excited to see that the Maldives were ranked as the second best Honeymoon destination in the world according to some websites.

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View from their room in the Maldives

Award Searching and Booking

I had no clue how to search for availability since Etihad is a partner of American Airlines but not part of the One World Alliance. That’s where Scott came to the rescue again, with this post about redeeming American Airline miles on Etihad flights.

In the wee hours of the morning one day, I found two First Class seats open between Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi. Excitedly I called American and fed the agent the flight information. They were also able to create First Class routings from our home city, Phoenix. Unfortunately, they were only able to get us economy tickets from Abu Dhabi to the Maldives. I still booked the route with the understanding that I would be able to trade up if First Class tickets opened up to the Maldives from Abu Dhabi. I felt accomplished that I had at least set up the first portion of our trip via Etihad– one of the nicest carriers in the world– and in their Diamond First Class Suite product leaving on a Saturday!

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Etihad First Class on Boeing 777 from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi

All of this was 90k miles per person (180k total miles) and $7 each ($14 total) in taxes!!! I have no idea why the taxes were so little, but I did not complain!

With the miles in my coffer down to approximately 30k, I waited as I slowly built up credit card purchases to equal the minimum spending required to earn the sign-up bonus of 50K miles from the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card. Additionally, I had to spend more time focusing on wedding planning with my fiancé and unfortunately, we had a water leak at our home, which had me fighting with the insurance company for the majority of my free time. These things forced me to put down our honeymoon planning for a few months and when I returned, the landscape had suddenly changed.

TO BE CONTINUED IN “Honeymoon Around the World: Part 2″…

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Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to Australia and New Zealand. American Airlines miles have access to incredible economy award space to Australia and New Zealand.

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Fireworks in Sydney over NYE

I am updating and re-posting my series on redeeming American Airlines miles. Why now?

  1. To reflect current award prices
  2. To celebrate the increase of the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®‘s sign-up bonus.

For a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® is offering 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months. You would earn at least 65,000 American Airlines miles for meeting that minimum spending requirement. The card offers a host of other benefits as well, including Admirals Club lounge membership and 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles after $40,000 spent in purchases each calendar year. Read my review of the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® here.

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If you find this guide to redeeming American Airlines miles to be useful and want to apply for the Citi® /AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®, please use my link. The commission is what allows me to dedicate the time to writing this series.

“Redeeming American Airlines Miles” Series Index

Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand are part of the South Pacific region on American Airlines’ award chart. This post only focuses on Australia and New Zealand. Some of the Pacific Islands are covered in a different post. Here are all the places in the South Pacific:

  • Australia
  • Easter Island
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Guam
  • Kiribati
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Republic of Tonga
  • Republic of Vanuatu
  • American Samoa
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tuvalu

The Partners for Australia and New Zealand Awards

As I noted in the post on American Airlines award routing rules, awards to Australia and New Zealand must fly directly from North America to the South Pacific region. They cannot transit East Asia. That would break the trip into two awards and increase the miles price.

American Airlines partners with direct flights to the Australia and New Zealand from North America:

  • American Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Hawaiian

Other American Airlines partners with on which you can reach Australia and New Zealand on a single award:

  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Fiji Airways

Air Tahiti Nui and Fiji Airways aren’t all that useful to Australia and New Zealand because no connections of longer than 24 hours are allowed on American Airlines awards. If you want to stop in Fiji on the way to Australia, use Alaska miles instead.

Award space on American, Qantas, and Hawaiian is searchable on aa.com. Here’s how to search aa.com.

Award space on Air Tahiti Nui is searchable on Expert Flyer. Here’s how to search Expert Flyer.

Award space on Fiji Airways is searchable on alaskaair.com. Here’s how to search alaskaair.com.

Pricing

From North America to Australia and New Zealand, American Airlines charges:

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

Compared to competitors, American charges similar and in some cases cheaper prices:

  • Economy: United charges 40k, Delta charges 45k or 50k depending on the date
  • Business: United charges 70k or 80k, Delta charges 80k or 95k
  • First: United charges 80k or 130k, Delta miles cannot book First Class

Routes & Award Space

American flies from:

  • Los Angeles to Sydney
  • Los Angeles to Auckland (starting June 23, 2016)

Qantas flies from:

  • Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne
  • Dallas to Sydney
  • San Francisco to Sydney
  • Honolulu to Sydney
  • New York-JFK to Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne

Hawaiian flies from:

  • Honolulu to Auckland, Sydney, and Brisbane
Award Space on Hawaiian

The Hawaiian Airlines routes have uniformly excellent availability in economy for two passengers. However American Airlines no longer allows you to book from the United States mainland to Asia or Australia on a single award that flies Hawaiian Airlines from Hawaii to Asia or Australia.

You will have to pay two awards: your home to Hawaii plus Hawaii to Australia. That will be very expensive, so ignore Hawaiian award space unless you live in Hawaii.

Award Space on Qantas

Qantas runs three-cabin planes with economy, Business (trip report), and First. Economy award space for two passengers is very good on all routes for most of the year. I never see Business or First Class space for two passengers on the same Qantas flight between the United States and Australia. Occasionally there is one award seat in Business or First Class, but even these are extremely rare.

San Francisco to Sydney typifies the good award space on Qantas flights in economy for two passengers right now (with about half the month displayed having at two seats available).

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Business Class award space on Qantas between the United States and Australia is rare, but it exists if you’re traveling solo.

First Class award space is even rarer. I sometimes see it like these seats that were available for booking in February 2015 for October 2015 travel, but I don’t see any at the moment.

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It is a shame because Qantas First Class looks awesome!

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Award Space on American

There is pretty good economy MileSAAver award space on the Los Angeles to Auckland flight from American Airlines that launches at the the end of this month, through the rest of the year:

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But there’s not nearly as much space in the return direction in economy and virtually nothing available in Business Class in either direction.

From Los Angeles to Sydney, there lots of economy award space (the calendar below is for two people):
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We also saw American Airlines release Business Class award space within a week of departure recently, but I don’t see any Business seats available at the moment between Los Angeles and Sydney nor Los Angeles and Auckland. Hopefully that will become more of a trend– keep an eye out if you the flexibility to book last minute.

Another American Airlines Option to Australia

I can’t mention Australia with American Airlines miles and not mention Etihad’s First Class Apartments from Abu Dhabi to Sydney.

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For 110,000 American Airlines miles, you can get about 14 hours in the world’s nicest First Class. Getting to Abu Dhabi would require a different award.

Read my full write up in Amazing Award Space for Two on Nicest First Class in the World? 14 Hours in Etihad A380 First Class.

Bottom Line

American Airlines miles are fantastic to get two people to Australia and New Zealand in economy. There is almost zero premium cabin award space.

For a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® is offering 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles and Admirals Club lounge membership, among other awesome benefits, after spending $5,000 in the first three months.

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By meeting the $5,000 total spending requirement you’ll earn at least 65,000 American Airlines miles, which is almost enough for a roundtrip economy award to Australia!

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

If you liked this post, sign up to receive one free daily email every morning with all of the day’s posts! You can also follow MileValue on Twitter and Facebook.

Earn 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®. Plus get American Airlines lounge access for you and guests. My full review of the card.

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I am updating and re-posting my series on redeeming American Airlines miles. Why now?

  1. To reflect current award prices
  2. To celebrate the increase of the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®‘s sign-up bonus.

For a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® is offering 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months. You would earn at least 65,000 American Airlines miles for meeting that minimum spending requirement. The card offers a host of other benefits as well, including Admirals Club lounge membership and 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles after $40,000 spent in purchases each calendar year. Read my review of the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® here.

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“Redeeming American Airlines Miles” Series Index

As far as the three US legacy carriers go, it is almost always cheaper to use American Airlines miles to fly one of its awesome partners’ First Classes than it is to use United miles to fly one of its partners’ First Classes. You can’t even use Delta to miles to book a three-cabin First Class.

However First Class awards took the biggest hit with American Airlines’ devaluation.  So if you can, look to use Alaska miles, Korean miles, or Singapore miles instead for First Class awards.

Luxurious First Class Options to Book with American Airlines Miles

I’ll give the miles price of a one way award because American Airlines allows one way bookings (we’ll cover that later), and I’ll give the price after a 10% rebate in parentheses. That’s because the American Airlines personal card offers 10% of the miles back on all American Airlines redemptions up to 100,000 miles redeemed per calendar year.

1. Japan Airlines First Class for 80,000 (72,000) miles

Japan Airlines First Class is among the best in the world, and is the best value award from the United States in terms of duration and partner product on the new American Airlines oneworld alliance award chart.

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Japan Airlines First Class between the United States and Japan costs 80,000 American Airlines miles one way. There is not as much Japan Airlines First Class Award space open between the US and Tokyo as there was in February, but a smattering remains.

Here’s how to search for award space on ba.com (you won’t find Japan Airlines’ award space on American Airline’s website).

2. Cathay Pacific First Class for 110,000 (100,000) miles

Trip Report: New York to Hong Kong

You can book Cathay Pacific First Class one way for 110,000 American Airlines miles between the United States and China, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia.

Cathay Pacific First Class is a throne…

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…that turns into a large and comfortable bed.

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Cathay Pacific First Class comes with some of the best food, fanciest wines and liquors, and most attentive service in the sky.

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And best of all, award space is widely available from the United States to Hong Kong and from there to the rest of Asia if you can book either within a week of departure or 11 months out.

And now you can redeem American Airlines miles to the Indian Subcontinent via Hong Kong, so you could fly Cathay Pacific First Class to India.

However, if you have Alaska miles, you can book First Class to China, Hong Kong, or Southeast Asia in Cathay Pacific First Class for only 70,000 miles one way– so keep that in mind.

Here’s how to search for award space on ba.com (you won’t find Cathay Pacific award space on American Airline’s website).

3. Malaysia Airlines First Class for 90,000 (81,000) miles

Trip Report: Paris to Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia Airlines First Class on its A380 costs 90,000 miles between Kuala Lumpur and London.

Malaysia Airlines is a very large and comfortable seat that converts into an extremely long and wide bed.

The all-you-can-eat satay cart was the best food I’ve ever had in the sky.

And the attentive service–that included kneeling down to seat level for interactions–was way better than you’d ever get from a US-based airline.

Malaysia Airlines First Class is widely available throughout the year between Kuala Lumpur and Europe.

Here’s how to search for award space on ba.com (you won’t find Malaysia award space on American Airline’s website).

4. Etihad First Class for 62,500 (56,250) miles

Trip Report: Abu Dhabi to New York

Etihad First Class costs 62,500 American Airlines miles between Europe and the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, or Maldives. From the United States to those destinations is 115,000 miles.

Etihad First Class on its newest A380 has a couch that seats several people and a separate bed.

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Etihad’s fully enclosed suites are the most spacious in the sky, and there’s a shower onboard that you can use in flight.

First Class Award space is plentiful on the A380 between London and Abu Dhabi throughout the year.

Here’s how to search for award space on etihad.com (you won’t find Etihad award space on American Airline’s website).

5. Qantas First Class for 62,500 (56,250) miles

Qantas First Class costs 62,500 American Airlines miles between London and Dubai. From the United States to Australia, the cost is 110,000 miles for flights that last over 14 hours.

Qantas First Class features an open suite that converts into a bed…

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…or a table for two.

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Qantas First Class is widely available year round between London and Dubai. For example, here is the very end of December 2016 and January 2017:

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It is not widely available between the United States and Australia, but there is some availability if you can plan your trip 11 months to one year in advance.

You can find Qantas award space right on American Airline’s website.

6. British Airways First Class for 80,000 (72,000) miles

British Airways First Class on the A380 from London to South Africa is 80,000 miles. It is a partially enclosed seat that turns into a fully flat bed.

There are fuel surcharges when you use American Airlines miles to book British Airways–the only fuel surcharges for any bookings in this post–but if the schedule is convenient, they may be worth paying. British Airways First Class is moderately available between the United States and Europe and between London and the rest of the world.

Also check out First Class on the British Airways 787-9 from 40,000 (36,000) miles one way on a ten hour flight.

Bottom Line

For a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® is offering 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles and Admirals Club lounge membership, among other awesome benefits, after spending $5,000 in the first three months.Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 4.44.21 PM

By meeting the $5,000 total spending requirement you’ll earn at least 65,000 American Airlines miles, which you can put towards one of these ultra luxurious First Class awards.

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In Where to Search Award Space for All American Airlines Partners, I suggest searching Qantas award space on aa.com because aa.com displays Qantas award space.

Don’t search Qantas award space on aa.com, at least for the moment.

For a month or so, Qantas award space has not displayed properly at aa.com. I noticed this today and then found several FlyerTalkers talking about it in a thread about redeeming American Airlines miles for Qantas flights.

Proof

Right now, you can go to ba.com and see that Los Angeles to Brisbane on December 13 has one Business Class award seat.

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That seat does not appear on aa.com. In fact, no award space from Los Angeles to Brisbane on the direct Qantas flight is showing up for the month around December 13. We know that because the ability to filter results for non-stop only isn’t even available on the left side of the calendar where it normally is.

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You can put on hold and book the space that is on ba.com. For instance, I put this space on the hold that didn’t appear on aa.com.

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What FlyerTalkers Say

Here is the pertinent part of the Using / Redeeming AA miles on Qantas (QF) thread:

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Congrats to them for uncovering it first. FlyerTalkers usually do.

The bottom line is that the proof above is not an isolated incident. There is a major problem with aa.com not displaying Qantas award space. However American Airlines phone agents can book Qantas award space, and you can search it properly on other websites.

Bottom Line

Don’t search Qantas award space on aa.com for the time being. Search it on ba.com, qantas.com, or Expert Flyer and call American Airlines to book the award space. Ask that the phone fee be waived since the award space wasn’t bookable online.

Now is a great time to book Qantas premium cabin award space to Australia or New Zealand. It is relatively plentiful (compared to how it has been in the past), and is going way up in price on March 22. So lock in your Summer 2016/2017 travel to Australia or New Zealand before then.

Current prices to Australia:

  • 37.5k AA miles one way in economy
  • 62.5k AA miles one way in Business
  • 72.5k AA miles one way in First

Book March 22 or later to Australia:

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

Right now the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® and CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® are each offering 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. Don’t be thrown off by the word “Platinum.” Both cards have no annual fee the first 12 months, and then $95.

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Get both cards and meet the $6,000 total spending requirement to have over 106,000 American Airlines miles.

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The post title might be longer than the post. Here are both seats:

Sydney to Dallas on February 10

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Here is my trip report of Qantas A380 Business Class.

There are no First Class seats on the Qantas A380 between Australia and the United States in either direction. A380 First Class space is available between London and Australia or London and Dubai or Dubai and Australia.

Luckily American Airlines is now releasing flat bed Business Class space on its 777-300ER between Los Angeles and Sydney within a few weeks of departure.

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Finally an anti-devaluation!

Qantas has lowered the number of miles needed to book Qantas and partner flights with Qantas miles. This is potentially big news since Citi ThankYou Points transfer 1:1 to Qantas miles.

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ThankYou Points are easy to get. The Citi Prestige® Card comes with 40,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.

What Are the Changes?

Qantas is not touching Business or First Class award prices, only international economy. Here is the list of awards being made cheaper (hopefully, it’s only partial.)
Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 5.58.22 PM Not only is Qantas lowering the miles needed, but it is also lowering the fuel surcharges. Note the prices above are in Aussie dollars, so Los Angeles to Melbourne roundtrip would only be 90,000 Qantas miles + $290.

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Yes, I had no trouble pricing out Los Angeles to Melbourne roundtrip for 90,000 Qantas miles on qantas.com.

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Unfortunately because my Qantas account has zero miles, the site didn’t give me the taxes and fuel surcharges quote, but I imagine it would be right around $290.

Los Angeles to Sydney and Brisbane also priced out at 90,000 Qantas miles.

Good Deal?

Nope, even the new prices are not a good deal.

All the Saver award space you can book with 90,000 Qantas miles can be booked more cheaply with American Airlines miles.

  • For bookings made by March 21, AA charges 37,500 miles one way in economy to Australia
  • For bookings made after March 22, AA will charge 40,000 miles one way in economy to Australia

Plus American Airlines doesn’t collect fuel surcharges on any partners except British Airways and Iberia, so roundtrip taxes will only be about $105.

Some credit card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back. If they do they will appear –> Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

However if you don’t have American Airlines miles, and for some reason can’t get the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® and CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard®, which are each offering 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open, then the Qantas option is almost reasonable.

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Other Awards Getting Cheaper with Qantas Miles

Qantas is also dropping, very slightly, its partner award prices.

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This drop makes the American Airlines flights from Los Angeles to Sydney also cost 90,000 Qantas miles roundtrip.

I don’t see any sweet spots on the new partner chart. If you do, enlighten us in the comments.

Bottom Line

The Citi Prestige® Card is offering 40,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.

ThankYou Points can transfer 1:1 to Qantas miles. Qantas miles just dropped the price of economy awards on Qantas and partners, but the deals still aren’t great, especially when you factor in the fuel surcharges that Qantas collects.

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From February 1, 2016, Emirates will fly daily between Dubai and Panama City, which will be the longest scheduled commercial flight at over 8,500 miles. The flight is blocked for 17:35 heading west. Hopefully the flight will be bookable with Alaska miles, and it will definitely be bookable with Japan Airlines miles.

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I have a special interest in long flights because when I am flying an ultra-luxurious First Class, I don’t want the flight to end. Eight hours–a typical transatlantic flight–are not enough. I want 12 hours, maybe 16 hours.

Right now the top ten longest flights include five that are bookable with American Airlines miles. That’s important because American has the cheapest award chart, and for a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® offers 75,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $7,500 in the first three months. One of these flights costs only 67,500 miles in First Class.

  • #1: Dallas to Sydney on Qantas: 8,578 miles and 16:55
  • #3: Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles on Etihad: 8,390 miles and 16:30
  • #7: Abu Dhabi to San Francisco on Etihad: 8,168 miles and 16:15
  • #8: Dallas to Hong Kong on American: 8,123 miles and 17:05
  • #10: New York to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific: 8,067 miles and 16:15 (my trip report)

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What’s the Award Space on These Ultra-Longhauls?

#1: Dallas to Sydney

The longest current flight in the world is operated by a Qantas A380. “That’s awesome!” you might be thinking since the Qantas A380 has a fantastic First Class product.

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Yes, but Qantas releases almost no First Class award space on its A380 routes to America.

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Right now there is decent economy award space in both directions on the route. And there are exactly two days with a Business Class award seat from Dallas to Sydney in the next 11 months. (Here’s my review of Qantas Business Class on the A380.)

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When First Class space does appear, it is usually 8-11 months out and a single seat. It costs only 72,500 American Airlines miles one way.

#3 and #7: Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles and San Francisco

Award space in First Class is pretty good (and sometimes great) on Etihad’s flights to California. You can search on etihad.com as described here. All Guest Seat award space can be booked by calling American Airlines.

The Los Angeles flight is operated by a 777-200LR (trip report here).

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Award space is mainly available this week and next Spring, though award space is scattered throughout the calendar. Look for days that say “Miles 144,024.” You will not pay that price because American charges only 90,000 miles one way in First Class between the United States and the Middle East or Indian Subcontinent.

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San Francisco is operated by a leased Jet Airways plane (trip report here).

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#8 Dallas to Hong Kong

American Airlines has released zero Business and First Class on the route for the next 11 months. It is being very stingy with longhaul premium cabin award space on its own flights at the moment. Thank god for partners.

The award would cost 67,500 American Airlines miles one way.

#10 New York to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific releases tons of Business and First Class award space on its several daily fights from New York to Hong Kong.

The best times to look are in the few days before departure and 11 months out on ba.com. Then book by calling American Airlines.

Tomorrow, unfortunately, there is no First Class space on the route, though one flight has six Business Class seats.

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I flew this exact route and loved it. I slept for eight hours early on and enjoyed the service and entertainment for about eight hours. (See my trip report.)

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Bottom Line

American Airlines miles can book five of the world’s 10 longest flights, each 16 hours or longer. If you can snag one of these flights in Business or First Class, you are in heaven. You’ll enjoy a full night sleep, two full meals, and plenty of time to take advantage of the entertainment options.

Award space varies on the route from zero (AA’s DFW-HKG flight) to very little (Qantas’ DFW-SYD flight) to tons (Etihad’s California routes and Cathay Pacific’s JFK route.)

Right now, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® offers 75,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $7,500 in the first three months. That’s enough miles to book several of these routes one way.

 

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The Qantas San Francisco to Sydney flight that begins in mid-December is now searchable and bookable on aa.com. This is really bad news for Business Class award space.

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Last week I wrote that there was plenty of Business Class award space on the flight, searchable on Expert Flyer and bookable by calling American Airlines. The flight wasn’t yet searchable or bookable on aa.com.

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Now the flight is searchable and bookable on aa.com and award space is wide open in economy in both directions for at least six people per flight at a cost of 37,500 American Airlines miles each way. Award space in Business Class for even one person per flight is rare, though there is some, especially from Sydney to San Francisco.

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Product

I flew Qantas Business Class on its A380 two years ago from Melbourne to Los Angeles. I understand that the 747 has the same seat/bed as the A380.

If you check out my review, you’ll see that I was not blown away by the product. My top two complaints are the 2-2-2 layout meaning that if you have a window you have to climb over your seatmate, and the fact that the bed is not totally parallel to the floor.

In bed mode

I think I would have slept fine on a westbound flight that takes off at 10 PM, but the schedule from Australia to the United States (on all airlines) are terrible for sleep, so I had trouble.

While I’d slightly prefer United Business Class and greatly prefer Qantas First Class, premium awards between the United States and Australia are hard to come by.

Award Space

San Francisco to Sydney

Award space is not available for the first month of the flight, encompassing Christmas and New Year.

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Then award space quickly becomes available almost every day in economy.

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Through the end of the schedule (late June 2016), award space is available nearly every Sunday through Friday in economy.

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Almost all the flights with economy award space have space for 6+ passengers in economy.

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Sydney to San Francisco

Sydney to San Francisco has the same award space patterns, but more dates with Business Class award space.

Economy has no award space until January 10, 2016, then picks up to six-day-a-week award space quickly.

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Award Cost

Between the United States and Australia one way, American Airlines charges:

  • 37,500 miles in economy
  • 62,500 miles in Business Class
  • 72,500 miles in First Class (not available on this route)

This is ridiculously cheap. United and Delta charge 40,000 and 50,000 miles one way in economy and 70,000 and 80,000 miles one way in Business Class.

There are no fuel surcharges on American Airlines flights flying Qantas, so you just pay taxes of $108 for a roundtrip.

I priced out an award with one way in economy and one way in Business Class. It cost 100,000 American Airlines miles + $108.

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Connections

You can connect to San Francisco on American Airlines, US Airways, or Alaska Airlines flights for zero extra miles. If you have a Business Class award, these connections can be in First Class.

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In Sydney, you can connect throughout Australia and New Zealand for zero extra miles.

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Getting American Airlines Miles

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® now offers 75,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $7,500 in the first three months. That’s the biggest bonus of any card right now.

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Until August 7, 20,000 SPG Starpoints transfer to 30,000 American Airlines miles.

Bottom Line

Award space for Qantas’ new San Francisco to Sydney route is now online. Award space is great in economy, even for entire families. In Business Class, award space is rare.

The sign up bonus on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® is big enough for a roundtrip to Australia in economy.

 

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Qantas begins flying its 747s between San Francisco and Sydney on December 18, 2015. The plane features 58 flat beds in Business Class, Premium Economy, and economy with no First Class.

Uncharacteristically for Qantas flights, the route has amazing award space in Business Class that you can book with American Airlines miles. But the space is hidden; you need to know where to look.

Product

I flew Qantas Business Class on its A380 two years ago from Melbourne to Los Angeles. I understand that the 747 has the same seat/bed as the A380.

If you check out my review, you’ll see that I was not blown away by the product. My top two complaints are the 2-2-2 layout meaning that if you have a window you have to climb over your seatmate, and the fact that the bed is not totally parallel to the floor.

In bed mode

I think I would have slept fine on a westbound flight that takes off at 10 PM, but the schedule from Australia to the United States (on all airlines) are terrible for sleep, so I had trouble.

While I’d slightly prefer United Business Class and greatly prefer Qantas First Class on the route, premium awards between the United States and Australia with anything other than Delta miles (Virgin Australia) are hard to come by. This is a good enough product with temporarily great award space, so I’d jump on it if I wanted to go to Australia since it is so cheap to book.

Award Price and Where You Can Fly

Between the United States and Australia one way, American Airlines charges:

  • 37,500 miles in economy
  • 62,500 miles in Business Class
  • 72,500 miles in First Class (not available on this route)

This is ridiculously cheap. United and Delta charge 40,000 and 50,000 miles one way in economy and 70,000 and 80,000 miles one way in Business Class.

There are no fuel surcharges on American Airlines flights flying Qantas, so you just pay taxes of $5.60 one way to Australia or about $130 for a roundtrip.

Connections

You can connect to San Francisco on American Airlines, US Airways, or Alaska Airlines flights for zero extra miles. If you have a Business Class award, these connections can be in First Class.

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In Sydney, you can connect throughout Australia and New Zealand for zero extra miles.

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Award Space

The award space is not displaying on aa.com like Qantas award space normally does. You can search it on Expert Flyer and call American Airlines to book. Ask for the phone fee to be waived, since you couldn’t book online. This is the search you want to run on Expert Flyer, changing the dates to match your ideal travel dates:

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The results will look something like this, except without the yellow boxes. This result shows that both December 21 and 22, there are two Business Class award seats from San Francisco to Sydney that you can book with American Airlines miles.

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There is Business Class award space in both directions in December and January. Here is one Business Class seat from Sydney to San Francisco on January 18.Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 3.48.43 AMAward space really improves in both directions in March and April (end of Summer and beginning of Fall in Australia.) Here are four straight days in March with Business Class award space from San Francisco to Sydney.
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The main patterns I discern are that:

  • There is space from December onward, but it gets better in March
  • There are tons of flights, almost every one, with 9 economy award seats
  • Award space is better for two passengers in Business Class from San Francisco to Australia than vice versa.

Searching and Booking

On Expert Flyer, note the date, cabin, and flight number. To book, call American Airlines at 800-882-8880. Give the agent the date, flight number, and cabin of the award space you found. Confirm that the agent is NOT charging you a $40 phone fee, since the award cannot be booked online with American Airlines miles.

Getting AA Miles

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® now offers 75,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $7,500 in the first three months. That’s the biggest bonus of any card right now.

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Until August 7, 20,000 SPG Starpoints transfer to 30,000 American Airlines miles.

Bottom Line

Qantas Business Class award space is very rare, but on its new San Francisco to Sydney route beginning in December, the space is wide open, especially from March on.

Book with 62,500 American Airlines miles each way. Right now, you can get a boatload of American Airlines miles from opening the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® with a 75,000 mile bonus.

Use the flight as part of a round-the-world trip. There are some really cheap awards out of Australia.

Hat Tip The Forward Cabin

 

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Qantas has eliminated fuel surcharges on its flights that depart Australia.

This doesn’t matter at all for paid tickets because $1 of fuel surcharge and $1 of base fare costs the same to you, but this is huge news for award tickets with miles that collect fuel surcharges like British Airways Avios. Here’s surcharge info on Avios partners.

You can now book Qantas flights leaving Australia with Avios and pay no fuel surcharges.

Qantas Route Network

By the end of 2015, Qantas will fly from Sydney to five American cities.

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San Francisco service begins December 20. New York service has a stop in Los Angeles, but is considered a “direct flight” with no plane change in Los Angeles.

Qantas also flies from Brisbane and Melbourne to Los Angeles.

From Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, there are connections throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Qantas also serves Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. For a full list of its destinations, see Wikipedia.

Qantas Flight Award Prices

Avios awards are priced per segment, so connections increase the price. Here are the prices in economy for direct Avios awards between Australia and the United States:

  • Sydney to Honolulu: 25,000 Avios one way
  • all other direct routes between Australia and United States: 50,000 Avios one way.

Business Class awards are three times the economy price, and First Class awards are four times the economy price.

Other than the Sydney to Honolulu route, these mileage prices are higher than American Airlines charges for the same awards. American Airlines charges 37.5k/62.5k/72.5k one way between the United States and Australia in economy/Business/First.

But if you only have Avios, or points that transfer there like Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards, the Avios economy price is reasonable now that there are no fuel surcharges.

Sydney to Dallas has taxes of $80 one way.

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This elimination of fuel surcharges applies to one way and roundtrip tickets originating in Australia. One way and roundtrip tickets originating in other countries like the United States have hundreds of dollars of fuel surcharges each way.

Non-US Routes

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Avios are also a good deal on some international routes like Perth to Singapore for only 12,500 Avios + $57. American charges 25,000 miles for the same route.

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Searching and Booking the Space

AA.com displays Qantas award space and is much easier to search than BA.com. Search on AA.com and then move to BA.com to book with Avios if the deal is better than the deal with American Airlines miles or if you have a glut of British Airways Avios.

Bottom Line

Qantas has eliminated fuel surcharges on one way and roundtrip awards originating in Australia. You can now book one way Avios awards from Australia back to the United States without fuel surcharges.

Avios are also a good choice to book Qantas flights within Australia and on near international routes like to New Zealand or Singapore.

For many people, this change will have no effect because American Airlines awards between the United States and Australia are cheaper than Avios awards and have never had fuel surcharges.

Hat Tip Dan’s Deals

 

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Possibilities with Qantas flight. Source: gcmap.com

Yesterday I published “Awards Between South America and Australia or New Zealand” because two days ago I published “How to Book a RTW Trip in 2015. Use These Underpriced Awards Around the World,” which lists the best awards between far flung regions. Take a look at those if you’re an adventurer who wants to take a BIG trip.

I got thinking about other interesting ways to move on from Australia. There are two direct flights to Africa.

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South African flies to Perth, Qantas flies to Sydney. Source: gcmap.com

South African Airways, a member of Star Alliance like United, flies from Johannesburg to Perth. Qantas, a member of oneworld like American, flies from Sydney to Johannesburg.

Award space is excellent on both routes, but the Qantas route is much cheaper with American Airlines miles than the South African route is with any type of miles.

What is the Business Class Product

South African Business Class on its A340 is ever so slightly angled. I flew it from Buenos Aires to Johannesburg and filed this trip report.

Lounging in the cradle position. The bed gets flatter than this, but not fully flat.

Qantas flies its 747 on its Sydney <-> Johannesburg route. According to Seat Guru, the Business Class is in the nose and upper deck and is fully flat. Here’s my review of Qantas Business Class on the A380.

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Source: http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Qantas_Airways/Qantas_Airways_Boeing_747-400RR_V2.php

How to Search Award Space

South African award space can be searched on united.com. Here’s how.

Qantas award space can be searched on aa.com. Here’s how.

Award Space Picture

South African Flight

Award space is excellent in economy and Business Class on the South African flight between Johannesburg and Perth for two people for the next 11 months. Many of the daily flights have award space for two people in both economy and Business Class.
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Here are all the award calendars. Yellow means economy award space for two passengers that day. Blue means space for two passenger in Business Class that day. Green means award space for two passengers in both cabins that day.

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It shouldn’t be any trouble at all to find award space in your preferred cabin between Johannesburg and Perth as part of your round-the-world (RTW) trip.

Qantas Flight

The Qantas flight doesn’t have such consistent award space. For instance, for the next month there is no award space for two weeks then award space in economy basically every day.

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Business Class space is very rare for long stretched. The next day with Business Class award space is August 6.

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Then Business Class space becomes fairly available in October and November.

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Then Business Class space is back to being wide open in January and February, summer in both destinations. Note the gray 37.5k days, indicating that most days without Business Class space during this time period at least have economy space.Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 6.28.41 PM

Economy space is excellent for most of the year, though with several gaps of a few weeks each.Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 6.28.48 PMAll the preceding calendars were for 1 person, but I didn’t see a big difference when I switched to searching for two people:

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Connections

The South African flight, when booking with United or other Star Alliance miles, has few connection options in Australia and New Zealand. The only partner in the region is Air New Zealand, and it only has flights from Auckland and seasonally from Christchurch to Perth.

This flight has much better connection options in Africa because of South African’s hub in Johannesburg. You can connect for zero extra miles within South Africa or within Southern and Central Africa. A few examples:

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Possible Itineraries with South African Flight. Source: gcmap.com

By contrast, the Qantas flight offers far more connection options in Australia and New Zealand from Qantas’ Sydney hub. It also offers a few connection options in Johannesburg on British Airways (operated by Comair) flights within Southern Africa. This map offers a few possibilities in Australia and New Zealand and all the options in Africa.

Possibilities with Qantas flight. Source: gcmap.com
Possibilities with Qantas flight. Source: gcmap.com

How to Book

Depends on which miles you want to use.

For the Qantas flight, you definitely want to use American Airlines miles. American charges:

  • 37,500 miles one way in economy between Australia or New Zealand and Africa
  • 50,000 miles one way in Business Class between Australia or New Zealand and Africa

You can find the British Airways and Qantas space on aa.com, so just book right there. Taxes are $66 from Sydney to Johannesburg and $71 the other way. There are very mild surcharges on the British Airways flights within Africa if you book those as part of the award.

For the South African flight, there are a few options–none very cheap. United (book online) charges:

  • 50,000 miles one way in economy between Australia or New Zealand and Africa
  • 85,000 miles one way in Business Class between Australia or New Zealand and Africa

Avianca LifeMiles (book online) charges the same.

Booking with another Star Alliance carrier’s miles will incur fuel surcharges of about $171 per person.

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There are no cheap deals with other Star Alliance carriers:

  • Lufthansa wants 50k/92k one way
  • Singapore wants 45k/72.5k one way
  • Asiana wants 60k/90k

All these carriers you’d need to call and give the date, cabin, and flight number of each flight you want to book.

Basically the South African flight is very expensive with miles. Book the Qantas flight with American Airlines miles.

Pay your award taxes with the Citi Prestige® Card. The first $250 in award taxes, airfare, or airline fees per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes.

Getting the Miles

Some credit card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back. If they do they will appear –> Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard offers 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months. The card also comes with other awesome benefits like a 10% rebate on miles used for award bookings. There is no annual fee the first year, then $95.

Getting United miles is even easier with 55,000 mile offers on the United personal and business cards plus a 45,000 point offer on the Sapphire Preferred and a 60,000 point offer on the Ink Plus. Points earned on the Sapphire Preferred and Ink Plus transfer 1:1 instantly to United miles.

Bottom Line

There is good award space between Australia and South Africa with connections in both regions.

The best value awards will use 50,000 American Airlines miles to fly Qantas Business Class between Australia or New Zealand and Southern Africa on the Sydney <-> Johannesburg route. Award space is very good on the route for most of the year in economy and part of the year in Business Class. With flexibility, Africa <-> Australia can definitely be part of your big RTW award.

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Yesterday I published “How to Book a RTW Trip in 2015. Use These Underpriced Awards Around the World,” which I am very proud of. Take a look if you’re an adventurer who wants to take a BIG trip. In the comments, John Domingo asked about getting between South America and Australia.

The best flights to get between South America and Australia/New Zealand are the direct flights on LAN Airlines and Qantas, booked with American Airlines miles.

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Qantas flies directly from Sydney to Santiago. LAN flies the same route but breaks it up with a layover in each direction in Auckland. LAN has the rights to carry passengers on any segment or the whole route. Between Australia/New Zealand and Southern South America, American Airlines charges:

  • 37,500 miles one way in economy
  • 50,000 miles one way in Business Class
  • no one serves the route with First Class
  • American doesn’t collect fuel surcharges on either airline, just minimal government taxes

Award space is excellent on the Qantas flights in economy, though Business Class award space is super rare. Award space is rarer on the Auckland <-> Santiago LAN longhaul, but excellent on the Sydney <-> Auckland portion.

What is the Business Class Product on These Routes?

Business is such a tiny premium over the economy price on this route that it’s the obvious choice if you can find award space.

Qantas flies its 747 on its Sydney <-> Santiago route. According to Seat Guru, the Business Class is in the nose and upper deck and is fully flat. Here’s my review of Qantas Business Class on the A380.

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Source: http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Qantas_Airways/Qantas_Airways_Boeing_747-400RR_V2.php

LAN flies its 787 Dreamliner from Santiago to Auckland to Sydney.

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The LAN Dreamliner has fully flat beds in Business Class. Here is a video about the LAN Dreamliner in Spanish.

How to Search Award Space

Qantas award space can be searched right on aa.com. Here’s how.

LAN award space is not searchable on aa.com. Search it on ba.com. Any space you see there should be bookable with American Airlines miles.

What Is the Award Space Picture?

Award space is excellent between Sydney and Santiago on the direct Qantas flight in economy for most of the next 11 months, especially next Southern Hemisphere summer.

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The flight operates four days per week, and for stretches of the year, award space is available on all four weekly flights in economy.

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Even over Christmas and New Year, the height of the tourist season in early summer, there is award space.

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Unfortunately Business Class award space almost doesn’t exist. There is only one award seat in Business Class between Sydney and Santiago for the next 11 months, July 10.

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LAN flies its route seven days a week, but with worse award space than Qantas. I searched the next month from Santiago to Auckland and found only one award seat in Business Class and none in economy.

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Then I searched all of October 2015 and found just three days with economy award space and zero with Business Class.

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Source: Award Nexus

February 2016, a time I’d rather fly the route, has better award space, on eight days with LAN.

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The above images just look at the longhaul from Santiago to Auckland. The plane continues to Sydney, and you can book just the trans-Tasman hop. Award space here is excellent. Almost every day has some award space on the route.

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Oddly some of the award space is in First Class. I can’t even figure out what that mistake represents because the LAN 787 has only economy and Business, no third cabin at all (not First, not Premium Economy.)

Connections

As long as your connection follows the published-fare rule, you can start your trip anywhere in Australia/New Zealand and end anywhere in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, or Bolivia for the same number of miles. Or vice versa.

It was easy on aa.com to pull up Perth to Santiago awards for 37,500 miles…

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How to Book

If all your legs were searchable on aa.com (ie all Qantas flights), book right there.

If one or more of your legs is not searchable on aa.com (ie LAN flights), note the date, cabin, and flight number of all the award space you find on aa.com and ba.com, and call American Airlines at 800-882-8880 to book. Give the agent that information, and book with no phone fee.

Pay your award taxes with the Citi Prestige® Card. The first $250 in award taxes, airfare, or airline fees per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes.

Getting the Miles

Some credit card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back. If they do they will appear –> Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard offers 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months. The card also comes with other awesome benefits like a 10% rebate on miles used for award bookings. There is no annual fee the first year, then $95.

Bottom Line

The only two flights between Australia/New Zealand and South America are flown by American Airlines partners, so American Airlines miles rule this part of a possible RTW trip.

Award space is good-to-excellent in economy and extremely rare in flat bed Business Class, which at only 12,500 miles extra is a steal if you do find space.

You can start the award anywhere in Southern South America and end it anywhere in Australia or New Zealand for the same number of miles. You’re only on the hook for government taxes, not fuel surcharges or a phone booking fee.

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Etihad and Qantas both fly their stunning A380s with ultra-luxurious First Classes out of London. You can get on both for only 40,000 American Airlines miles one way, and you can do it while avoiding the big London departure tax.

Etihad First Class on its newest A380 has a couch that seats several people and a separate bed and costs only 40,000 American Airlines miles between London and Abu Dhabi.

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Etihad’s fully enclosed suites are the most spacious in the sky.

Award space is widely available on the A380 between London and Abu Dhabi and from there to the rest of the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, and Maldives for zero extra miles.

If you have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®, which comes with 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months, you will even get an automatic 10% rebate on your award, so the final cost is 36,000 miles.

Qantas First Class costs only 40,000 (36,000) American Airlines miles between London and Dubai.

Qantas First Class features an open suite that converts into a bed…

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…or a table for two.

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Qantas First Class is widely available between London and Dubai, Dubai and Sydney, and London and Sydney for low mileage prices.

The problem is that if you fly either of these beauties on an award beginning in London, you’ll pay $273+ in taxes.

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Solution 1: Arrive in London

You can fly these products from Abu Dhabi or Dubai to London and avoid the departure tax in London.

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But what if you’re going east?

Solution 2: Connect in London

I’m looking at flying something like London to Abu Dhabi in Etiahd First Class on the A380 and Abu Dhabi to Mumbai in Etihad First Class on the 787.

But I don’t want to pay almost $300 in taxes.

If I just start the award anywhere else in Europe and connect in London, I can save a bundle. For instance, starting in Dublin and flying to London drops the taxes $273 to $62. Flying the first leg on British Airways does add in a $40 fuel surcharge, but I’d still come out $170+ ahead.

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And I could start in other countries and look to fly other partners than British Airways like airberlin or Finnair to lower taxes further and eliminate fuel surcharges.

Getting the Miles

Some credit card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back. If they do they will appear –> Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

American Airlines miles are super easy to get.

Right now the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® comes with 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months. The card also comes with other awesome benefits like a 10% rebate on miles used for award bookings.

The business version, the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard®, also comes with 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months. This card comes with 2x miles on select business purchases and a 5% miles bonus on renewal. One person can have both cards.

We also know that The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® will no longer be offered to new applicants as soon as the US Airways and American Airlines frequent flyer programs integrate, some time before 2015.

All US Airways miles not redeemed on the US Airways chart by the time of integration will become American Airlines miles, and American Airlines has committed to not devaluing its award chart at the time of combination. The two types of miles are roughly equal in value. Getting all three cards now and meeting their spending requirements means you will have at least 156,000 American Airlines miles by June.

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