Australia is one of the toughest places in the world to get to using American AAdvantage miles:
— American partners with Qantas, though they’re notoriously stingy when it comes to releasing premium cabin award space, so in many cases that’s off the table unless you’re booking the minute the schedule opens
— American doesn’t let you route from the US to Australia via a third region on a single award
— In practice you can more easily find space traveling via Asia (Hong Kong or Tokyo) or the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Doha, or Qatar), though as I said above, that will be costly and require two awards
Anyway, for those of you looking to redeem American miles to Australia, and who are willing to part with some extra miles, there’s some great news.