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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 #680 on: April 21, 2015, 08:54:24 PM »
Is there anyway to search for BA awards a month or week at a time. I am searching by day and its driving me crazy! I have checked almost two weeks worth for CX from jfk to yvr and it is saying there are no flights...

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #681 on: April 21, 2015, 09:50:06 PM »

Is there anyway to search for BA awards a month or week at a time. I am searching by day and its driving me crazy! I have checked almost two weeks worth for CX from jfk to yvr and it is saying there are no flights...

You can get a month at a time on qantas site

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #682 on: April 22, 2015, 09:22:44 AM »
You can get a month at a time on qantas site

and Qantas shows CX F?

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #683 on: April 22, 2015, 09:27:04 AM »
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #684 on: April 22, 2015, 09:34:36 AM »
Which airports in Europe should I search for flights leaving TLV if I'm using avios? Thanks.
TXL/MUC/LHR/VIE
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #685 on: April 22, 2015, 12:23:04 PM »
I only have BA points not Iberia. Does that make a difference?
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #686 on: April 22, 2015, 01:14:24 PM »

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #687 on: April 22, 2015, 01:15:03 PM »
I only have BA points not Iberia. Does that make a difference?
No (plus you can transfer BA to IB).

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #688 on: April 22, 2015, 03:50:40 PM »
No (plus you can transfer BA to IB).

But only if you've had IB account open 90+ days, correct? (Or is there a workaround?  Asked this a day or two ago but no response.  Thanks)

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #689 on: April 22, 2015, 06:20:26 PM »
There isn't any availability with Iberia for the dates I need...
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #690 on: April 23, 2015, 08:55:35 AM »
So i am looked on BA for CX F and didnt find anything and then i looked on Qantas month long calendar and found only a couple of flights over a 6 week period. I thought they was great availability for this flight...

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #691 on: April 23, 2015, 09:44:03 AM »
So i am looked on BA for CX F and didnt find anything and then i looked on Qantas month long calendar and found only a couple of flights over a 6 week period. I thought they was great availability for this flight...

Would help to know, you know, *which* flight.

In any event, CX is known to either release right at window or within 36 hours or so.
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #692 on: April 23, 2015, 09:47:43 AM »
JFK to yvr

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #693 on: April 23, 2015, 09:59:51 AM »
I see that there is a $75 close in award award fee booking for AA. Is there a way around it even if i do not have status, just a yes or a no will suffice, and i will know what to do if its yes.

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« Reply #694 on: April 23, 2015, 10:00:52 AM »
I see that there is a $75 close in award award fee booking for AA. Is there a way around it even if i do not have status, just a yes or a no will suffice, and i will know what to do if its yes.
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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #695 on: May 03, 2015, 11:09:54 AM »
Which miles and i most likely to score 4 J tickets during peak travel from US-Australia on QF?

Want to do a trip 2016 x-mas and want to start amassing points at the program with the best availability. (From what I hear it is not AA)

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #696 on: May 03, 2015, 04:24:54 PM »
There's an Air Berlin flight I want to book OW with points (ORD-TLV with a stopover in DUS).  Can I book with either AA points or Avios?  (Same amount of points?)  Also, do you have to call either AA or BA to book that award travel?  Thanks

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« Reply #697 on: May 03, 2015, 05:04:24 PM »
Which miles and i most likely to score 4 J tickets during peak travel from US-Australia on QF?

Want to do a trip 2016 x-mas and want to start amassing points at the program with the best availability. (From what I hear it is not AA)

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #698 on: May 03, 2015, 05:05:44 PM »
There's an Air Berlin flight I want to book OW with points (ORD-TLV with a stopover in DUS).  Can I book with either AA points or Avios?
Yes
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(Same amount of points?)

Y or J?
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Also, do you have to call either AA or BA to book that award travel?  Thanks
Both are bookable online, if it's not showing up, then PUTPAC

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Re: One World Award Search Tips
« Reply #699 on: May 03, 2015, 05:14:29 PM »
Yes
Y or J? Both are bookable online, if it's not showing up, then PUTPAC

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