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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 #340 on: July 09, 2014, 12:52:21 AM »
I WANT TO FLY IN SEPTEMBER..... so i am out of luck??
Did you check VA & United?

Supposedly they have better availability then Quantas.

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #341 on: July 09, 2014, 12:55:28 AM »
Did you check VA & United?

Supposedly they have better availability then Quantas.

united does not have any award saver thereby costing 195k for first class  >:(
i have 500k aa and i wanted to use them however sometimes having miles just doesn't get you everything....

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #342 on: July 09, 2014, 01:03:47 AM »
125k on VA. and they only offer buisness.

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #343 on: July 09, 2014, 12:44:21 PM »
125k on VA. and they only offer buisness.
Try CX via HKG.

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #344 on: July 10, 2014, 02:54:23 PM »
How many AA miles is it for Economy JFK-EUROPE on AA and EUROPE-TLV on LY

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #345 on: July 10, 2014, 02:58:49 PM »
How many AA miles is it for Economy JFK-EUROPE on AA and EUROPE-TLV on LY

JFK-Europe, Peak-30k, off-peak 20k, Europe-TLV 20k
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #346 on: July 10, 2014, 03:03:11 PM »
JFK-Europe, Peak-30k, off-peak 20k, Europe-TLV 20k

So it would be 50K in one itinerary?

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #347 on: July 10, 2014, 03:06:48 PM »
So it would be 50K in one itinerary?
45k
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« Reply #348 on: July 10, 2014, 03:09:51 PM »
So it would be 50K in one itinerary?

If done separately then yes. But if don't together then 45k.
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #349 on: July 10, 2014, 09:08:48 PM »
I'm a complete newbie to booking "complex" award travel. Just want to be sure I'm doing this right.
Going to costa rica in January and found:
1/21 -  AA     LGA - LIR (via MIA)  award economy for 17.5k miles
2/1 - US Air   LIR - LGA (via CLT) award FC for 30k miles.

Now what do I do to book it with Avios points? Do I just call BA and speak to their reservation desk?

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #350 on: July 11, 2014, 12:53:06 AM »
I'm a complete newbie to booking "complex" award travel. Just want to be sure I'm doing this right.
Going to costa rica in January and found:
1/21 -  AA     LGA - LIR (via MIA)  award economy for 17.5k miles
2/1 - US Air   LIR - LGA (via CLT) award FC for 30k miles.

Now what do I do to book it with Avios points? Do I just call BA and speak to their reservation desk?

Thanks!
You can call, or book them online and call to piece the itinerary's together.

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #351 on: July 11, 2014, 01:04:19 PM »
does anyone know how I can book a one way usairways flight that is a FULL FARE not a saver ? only saaver awards show on AA.com or BA.com ?

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #352 on: July 11, 2014, 04:29:06 PM »
You can only book a peak award on US using US miles.

And it'd cost you the RT number of miles as US does not offer OW for 1/2 of RT.
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #353 on: July 11, 2014, 05:10:54 PM »
that i know, im asking is there a way to book a one way award using any other miles

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #354 on: July 11, 2014, 05:42:22 PM »
that i know, im asking is there a way to book a one way award using any other miles
When US has availability you can book a OW with AA miles.
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« Reply #355 on: July 11, 2014, 05:46:03 PM »
that i know, im asking is there a way to book a one way award using any other miles
You can only book a one way with AA, BA, QF, etc (not US) and it needs to be saver award.

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #356 on: July 13, 2014, 01:59:38 PM »
Trying to book nyc to london and ba.com shows $800 in taxes.  Any idea what to do? My points are currently still by chase.
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« Reply #357 on: July 13, 2014, 02:06:19 PM »
Trying to book nyc to london and ba.com shows $800 in taxes.  Any idea what to do? My points are currently still by chase.
Fly with another airline,
With BA that's what they charge.

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #358 on: July 13, 2014, 02:11:53 PM »
Fly with another airline,
With BA that's what they charge.
I searched on ba.com to fly with american.  I also saw the large tax charge
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« Reply #359 on: July 13, 2014, 02:26:39 PM »

I searched on ba.com to fly with american.  I also saw the large tax charge

Ba charged yq for the flights over the water on Them, AA, and now US Air. If you want to spend less you would need to go a different route
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