Last October American announced new daily service between Dallas and Hong Kong. This was really exciting for a variety of reasons:
- American’s route network to Asia has long been weak, so Hong Kong is a great addition to their route network
- This will be the longest route in American’s network (it’s blocked at nearly 17 hours westbound)
- The flight will be operated by a 777-300ER featuring American’s new first and business class product, making it the first route to Asia operated by that aircraft
The new flight became bookable as of mid-December, though American wasn’t releasing any first or business class award space. Furthermore, they massively raised the cost of their “AAnytime” award rates for this route, which are their awards without any capacity controls.
Anyway, there’s some really exciting news today, per Miles from Blighty. It seems that American has finally begun releasing both business class upgrade and award space on the new route.
From September 1 through the end of the schedule, all but a handful of dates in both directions have business class award and upgrade space. And we’re not just talking one seat, but in many cases at least seven!
As I said above, in looking at ExpertFlyer it’s not just one or two seats, but actually an impressive amount of space they’re releasing.
I’m most tempted to book several revenue tickets on the route and lock in upgrades using the eight systemwide upgrades I get for being an Executive Platinum member. It’s tough to beat this route in terms of upgrade value, and Hong Kong is my favorite city in the world, which makes it all the better.
In terms of redeeming miles, there are a few ways to go about booking an award on this flight:
- You can redeem 55,000 AAdvantage miles for a one-way business class award ticket
- You can include this flight on a OneWorld distance based award ticket
- You can now redeem US Airways miles for travel on American, so you can book this roundtrip for just 90,000 Dividend Miles
Maybe I’m crazy, but I think I’d take American business class over Cathay Pacific business class on this route. While Cathay Pacific obviously has better food and service, American has wifi, which is probably the most valuable “amenity” to me on a 17 hour flight.
Anyway, I’m very excited about this!