Historically American has been extremely stingy when it comes to saver level award availability on their own flights. Their only international planes featuring a three cabin first class product are the 777-300ERs, and these only fly to select international destinations, including Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, London, and Sao Paulo.
As noted by Point Me to the Plane, at the moment American has much better first class award availability than usual on their flights between Dallas/Los Angeles and Hong Kong. There’s a significant amount of availability through the end of the schedule out of both airports, and in many cases there are two first class award seats per flight.
While American’s first class isn’t anything to get too excited about it, it’s a solid product, and nowadays finding two first class award seats across the Pacific with oneworld in advance is rare. Of course I’d rather fly Cathay Pacific, but they typically open at most one first class award seat in advance (if that), and then release more seats within days of departure. It’s not practical for most people to plan that last minute.
Also keep in mind that if you fly same day through Los Angeles, Miami, or New York JFK, you can access American’s excellent Flagship First Dining facility, which is probably the nicest thing offered by any US airline.
In terms of booking this, you could redeem 110,000 Alaska Mileage Plan or American AAdvantage miles for the one-way ticket. If booking through American AAdvantage you can also place your ticket on a five day courtesy hold.
The real sweet spot is booking through Etihad Guest, if you can. They charge just 67,500 miles for such a ticket. The catch is that you need to book by phone with them, and they don’t always have access to all of American’s award space, so you’ll want to call to inquire before transferring any points.
Hopefully some of you can take advantage of this excellent award availability!