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  1. ffi
    ffi at |

    Having a ton of US and AA miles after the merger, this is good news indeed.
    I certainly would not fly coach that distance, given how easy it has become to generate new AA and US miles, but the better value may be to fly on US miles for only 120k in business rather than 75k in economy!

  2. Joel
    Joel at |

    If only they’d extend it to QF awards from SE Asia to Southern South America, e.g. SIN/BKK-SYD-SCL, instead of demanding 2 awards via the US (SE Asia to USA and USA to Southern South America), which is also more expensive than 2 awards via Australia (SE Asia to Australia and Australia to Southern South America)!

  3. John777
    John777 at |

    Would this work for SE Asia to US via DOH?

  4. Noob
    Noob at |

    Sorry for the novice question, but what is the advantage of transiting through the middle east to get to Africa? Is it to avoid BA fuel charges??

  5. Karim
    Karim at |

    I am aware of this alternative and it actually works out very good to me as I am from Tunisia in Northern Africa (which you should visit some day 🙂 ).
    I am planning to offer my mother a trip to south Africa next year and the good news for me is that since my trip will start in TUN in the northern tip of Africa to Johannesburg for 10k miles in economy or 17.5 miles in business ( I guess that is so low because it is not so demanded). But, it is definitely a very good value as tickets retail for more 1300 dollars in economy and much more in Business.
    When I have found this route, it was like if I have found a gold nugget. lol.
    Another alternative I am considering is to use 35 k united miles for a roundtrip in economy with a stopover in Paris.

    1. Joey
      Joey at |

      I always thought it was 10k in economy and 17.5 in business mainly because the only oneworld flights available intra-Africa are the Comair flights from South Africa to Zimbabwe/Namibia/Mauritius (which is only a short distance.) However, if you live there and have gotten those rates for travel anywhere in Africa, that is awesome! Beforehand, if you had to go to TUN to JNB, did you have to fly to LHR or MAD as a connection?

  6. CTravlr
    CTravlr at |

    Yay. Been waiting for this for a long time. Assuming this will also work for RJ and Etihad.

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  9. Tyler
    Tyler at |

    Thanks Seth, as usual you have great content. Now let’s see how many BA bloggers ‘Hat Tip’ this for their own blogs (Lucky already did).

  10. Ryan E
    Ryan E at |

    Thanks this was news to me (and good news at that!)

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  17. Dave
    Dave at |

    Any idea how it would price out if you flew from JNB to Doha in Economy and Doha to JFK in Biz on one award?

  18. Colokay
    Colokay at |

    I am a novice to the miles game just wondering when you tried to search for phl-doh- jnb route did you have to find seats availble for phl to doh. Then find another segment flight to doh – jnb then call aa advantage then price it as phl-doh-jnb

  19. TimeForSomeCheese
    TimeForSomeCheese at |

    Anyone know if this new routing works on Etihad as well? I’m being told by AA that it does not…

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