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As I shared here, American Airlines is launching new service between LAX and Sydney beginning on December 17th via a code-share with Qantas using a 777-300ER with lie-flat seats in first and business class. The flight goes on sale today, and not only does that mean you can purchase a ticket if you are in the market for paying with cash, but award seats are now available as well.
Well, technically award seats are available, but if you are looking to score award seats in a premium cabin then be ready to pay up because saver space isn’t looking good at the moment. Here is what I found based on some award searches this morning.
Award Space on American Airlines Service from LAX – Sydney:
- There is some saver space in economy available on a variety of dates. These awards are 37,500 miles each way.
- Some of the nonstop economy saver space you see will be the Qantas operated flights.
- The business class Anytime award prices seems to start at 140,000 miles each way.
- When you look through the calendar and think you have found a saver business class seat, it is most likely a flight operated by Hawaiian Airlines that goes through Honolulu, though always be sure and double check. You can select nonstop only flights to avoid that option from displaying.
- First Class Anytime award prices start at 180,000 miles each way
- Award availability on the return from SYD – LAX is more or less the same as on the outbound leg of the journey.
- I do not currently see any business or first class availability on the new American operated flights at the saver level in either direction. If there was space it would be 62,500 miles in business class and 72,500 miles each way in first class.
- However, I did find a tiny bit of business class and first class saver award space on Qantas operated flights, especially those going through San Francisco.
Award seats to Australia for families are one of the toughest, if not the toughest, award out there – especially in a premium cabin. I have a post with some tips on how to find premium cabin award seats to Australia here, and we have our own success story here. That said, it isn’t easy and you need patience, persistence, and flexibility to pull it off for a family needing multiple seats…or just really good luck. Fingers crossed this new route loosens up some more award availability in the future!
I’d love to hear if you were able to snag any seats on this new route!