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In general, search on AA.com for award availability.

BA
If you want to book a flight with Avios, it is known from Dan's Knowledgebase that BA.com doesn't show availability very well, but some flights definitely are searchable there. Nonetheless, it's easier to just search AA.com, and if you find a MileSAAver availability, check BA.com to see if it shows up there, too. If it does, book it there. If it doesn't, you can always call up BA and reference the flight you found. Note that there is usually a very long hold time before BA picks up, and they will charge a phone booking fee. If the flight was unsearchable on BA.com, try fighting that fee, but YMMV.

IB
IB availability will not show up on AA.com You can call AA to find IB availability, but it's hard without being able to browse dates and have to ask the rep to check flights over the phone. Searching on Qantas.com will show IB flights - supposedly if they appear there, they can then be booked by calling AA.

OneWorld Explorer [OWE] The OWE has officially been cancelled [4/8/14] as part of the latest AA no-warning changing to its award program. Here's what the OWE looked like:
This is an around-the-world [RTW] award that is calculated not by the mileage cost of specific flights, but rather by the actual distance travelled on your trip. It is especially valuable for flying business class, as the difference in miles needed between coach and business is not very great on longer trips. See this chart to see the different tiers of how many miles it costs to travel different distances. You can take up to 16 segments on a trip, but there are MANY rules to follow when booking such an award.

Be prepared to spend a lot of time when planning this trip. (Personally [@Yehuda], it took 2 months with a few weeks of break in the middle from frustration.) Availability changes everyday, so you need to constantly check back to see if flights you needed are now available. It will also likely require changing your itinerary/order of stops numerous times. An itinerary can be held for 5 days (and can be extended past that on Day 5, if they are willing to rebook each flight for you, getting you another 5 days), but itineraries with IB flights can usually only be held for 24 hours. You will find that you will have to use hub airports since you're limited to OW partners. You will not find a flight from CDG-FCO without either stopping off in LON or MAD - both of which are out of the way. It's unfortunate, as it adds unnecessary distance miles to your trip, but it can be done. Remember that BA flights have high YQ, IB/AB have semi-high YQ, US/AA have very little YQ. (Unsure about other airlines, as my trip was TLV-Europe-NYC, so those were the only airline I had to work with.) You should check flight availability, again, on AA.com but the ticket must be booked on the phone (and they will charge a $25 phone booking fee, but again, try to fight it since this ticket cannot be booked online - although, honestly, by the time you've ticketed, they will likely have helped you out with much more than $25 worth of time). Technically, you can book it with any OW partner, but the odds are you probably only have enough AA miles to book this trip. AA reps definitely know about this award, although most have never booked it before. You will find that after calling so many times, you'll know more about the rules than they do. Once you have your perfect itinerary, they will have to send it to their rate desk to price it out. This can take ~24 hours. Because it takes time, if you have IB flights on the itinerary, they will make sure IB allows the flights to be held for longer than 24 hours, but confirm this with the rep before you hang up. Once it's priced out, you can pay for it. You can use 2 or more AA accounts to pay for it, but they will require each account to have enough miles to pay for 1 ticket. (e.g. If it costs 80K pax and you have 2 pax, they won't ask you to have 1 account with 160K in it, but they will require 2 accounts with at least 80K in each.)

Feel free to contact @Yehuda with any questions regarding the OWE.

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #1035 on: April 05, 2019, 10:49:23 AM »
Thank you.
I did that and it kept replenishing every few hours.
i did another 4 one way.  That they had only 1 for the way back and then they had another 3 on the way back. so, i ended up getting all i wanted in a matter of less then 24 hours.
Interesting, they missed to charge the Avios on the last 2 bookings. So, when i made the last, i asked them about the one before and they charged it, now i realized that on the last booking, they didn't charge, the Avios were transferred from Amex and they sit with BA now.

Should i do anything or just wait and see?


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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #1036 on: April 05, 2019, 10:53:29 AM »
Ive never had a mistake deducting Avios for bookings.  That is definitely strange.  Id wait and see if it corrects itself.  I wonder if it was caused by so many bookings in such a short window of time?

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« Reply #1037 on: April 05, 2019, 04:22:35 PM »
Ive never had a mistake deducting Avios for bookings.  That is definitely strange.  Id wait and see if it corrects itself.  I wonder if it was caused by so many bookings in such a short window of time?
Had BA fail to deduct for bookings more than once.
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #1038 on: April 05, 2019, 04:25:20 PM »
Wow!  Must be more common than I am aware of.  Crazy.

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #1039 on: April 05, 2019, 04:45:54 PM »
Any trend or idea when they fail to deduct?

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« Reply #1040 on: April 05, 2019, 05:17:06 PM »
Any trend or idea when they fail to deduct?
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #1041 on: April 13, 2019, 11:50:32 PM »
On Friday I had between 3-7 seats available on LGA-CMH for Apr 30 via BA, I checked Motzeh Shabbes and none are available. is that normal? Chances of becoming available again?
Had the same thing on the return segment a day later.

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« Reply #1042 on: April 14, 2019, 01:50:17 AM »
On Friday I had between 3-7 seats available on LGA-CMH for Apr 30 via BA, I checked Motzeh Shabbes and none are available. is that normal? Chances of becoming available again?
Had the same thing on the return segment a day later.
Someone booked the seats? No one can tell if will become available again, good luck.
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #1043 on: April 14, 2019, 08:08:46 AM »
Someone booked the seats? No one can tell if will become available again, good luck.
Not that I know of. I wud be surprised that someone booked up all seats in one day of 6 flights.
Same thing with the return had 7 seats on BA on each of the flights - now there is 0

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« Reply #1044 on: April 14, 2019, 08:57:32 AM »
Not that I know of. I wud be surprised that someone booked up all seats in one day of 6 flights.
Same thing with the return had 7 seats on BA on each of the flights - now there is 0
Check on AA if they still show saver space. If they do, then call BA to book.

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« Reply #1045 on: April 14, 2019, 08:46:56 PM »
Interesting, but it came back into inventory today. booked it. thanks all for your help.

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« Reply #1046 on: April 14, 2019, 10:11:22 PM »
Interesting, but it came back into inventory today. booked it. thanks all for your help.
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« Reply #1047 on: June 23, 2019, 10:55:45 PM »
Any1 with recent dp for CX award availability YVR-JFK? Do they release consistently?

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« Reply #1048 on: June 23, 2019, 11:47:29 PM »
Any1 with recent dp for CX award availability YVR-JFK? Do they release consistently?

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According to Driving Rain on FT, every Sunday around 1030pm est they release seats for the 2 upcoming weeks.
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/american-airlines-aadvantage/990738-aa-award-cathay-pacific-cx-ka-availability-etc-master-thd.html
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« Reply #1049 on: June 24, 2019, 12:15:20 AM »
According to Driving Rain on FT, every Sunday around 1030pm est they release seats for the 2 upcoming weeks.
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/american-airlines-aadvantage/990738-aa-award-cathay-pacific-cx-ka-availability-etc-master-thd.html
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I have read the FT forum, but there are reports that, due to the glitch, award availability release patterns have changed.