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How to use AA points to get a roundtrip business class ticket from Los Angeles to Moscow

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Vel, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. Vel

    Vel New Member

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    My company has a lot of American Airlines points. How the company travel agent could use AA points to get a roundtrip business class ticket from Los Angeles to Moscow for my next business trip? How much it will cost? Thanks!
     
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  2. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Welcome @Vel,
    The shortest trip might be LAX-HEL-SVO on FinnAir but FinnAir isn't known for releasing a lot of award space.

    Otherwise the agent might look for flights on BA via LHR though there will be fuel surcharges that will depend on what cabin you're flying.

    Depending on the time of year you're flying, Iberia via Madrid may be another option. That's a seasonal flight and may not operate every day even during the season. There will be some fuel surcharges associated with it but should be less than what BA charges. You may have to overnight in MAD either going or coming back.
     
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    Vel New Member

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    Thank you for your advice! Nevertheless, you did not mention particular AA points usage. I am a new point user :-( Are there any guidance to use particular airline points? In my case this is AA/
     
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  4. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    Yes, all those airlines can be booked with AA points as they are all part of the same oneworld alliance. To help with understanding that, click on the Start Here tab at the top of the page and go through the beginner's guide. Ben also has a series of YouTube videos that may help. Just go to YouTube and search for onemileatatime.
     
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    Vel New Member

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    Dear Mid South Skier!
    Thanks again for your advice. It is very helpful. So, let's assume that now I know basics :)
    In the past 2013-2015, I flew to Moscow from LA on Aeroflot non-stop (SkyTeam Alliance), on Singapore Airlines via Huston (Star Alliance) and on Lufthansa via Frankfurt (Star Alliance). How could I use American Airlines miles (oneworld Alliance) for any of these airlines? Where I could book it and how I would reference AA miles to pay for the tickets?

    P.S.: By the way, I went to www.aa.com, selected a flight to Moscow from LA (01/13/2020 - 0129/2020: LAX-LHR AA6179 and LHR-DME BA 237 etc.) for $2,179, but I did not find a button for booking :)
     
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  6. OCTinPHL

    OCTinPHL Active Member

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    Hi Vel, you are not going to be able to use AA miles to book those Star Alliance airlines. As MidSouthSkier said above your best options are some kind of combination or AA/BA connecting through London; FInnair connecting through Helsinki, or Iberia through Madrid. I'm sure there are other routings as well, but regardless of where you connect, using AA miles your best bets are BA, AY (Finnair) and Iberia (IB).
     
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    Gaurav Well-Known Member

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    And for paid flights usually clicking on the price will take you to the booking screen.
     
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  8. MidSouth Skier

    MidSouth Skier Well-Known Member

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    If you're looking to book using miles you'll have to check the Use Miles box before starting the search.
     
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  9. rickyw

    rickyw Well-Known Member

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    Just to add - AA charges 57,500 miles each way in business class, plus taxes and fees. Almost all routings will route through London, unless you find space on Iberia, Finnair as others have mentioned. Fees look to be about $450 each way.

    So total needed, 115,000 AA miles + around $900 in fees.
     
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