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American Airlines and British Airways are both, which means frequent flyer awards on each airline should be bookable using the other’s mileage program. But for the last couple of months, the British Airways website hasn’t been showing any American Airlines award availability, even when aa.com was showing saver level space.
There was, and some TPG readers had success calling British Airways call centers. But both of these options required tremendous amounts of patience and a little bit of luck. This made it difficult, if not impossible, to take advantage of BA’s distance-based award program to book domestic American flights, which is .
Fortunately, after weeks of patiently waiting, as of Wednesday night American Airlines award space is reappearing, and as usual it seems to match MileSAAver space on aa.com. For instance, here’s the available award space on American’s website for from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) in first class on August 18:
And here is the matching space on British Airways’ website (along with an open business class seat as well):
Another search for economy space between American’s hub in Dallas (DFW) and Atlanta (ATL) on February 4 shows just the 8:40pm flight available on aa.com…
And the same 8:40pm flight is available on ba.com with 7 open seats, and prices for 7,500 Avios and $5.60 in taxes and fees as usual:
Domestic travel on AA is. Flights up to 1,151 miles only cost 7,500 Avios — in comparison, American will charge you 12,500 AAdvantage miles for flights within the US that are longer than 500 miles (flights under 500 miles only cost 7,500 AA miles). Remember though that for it to be bookable with Oneworld partners, including British Airways Avios. AAnytime space is not available to partners.
If you’ve been holding off on applying for theduring this glitch, the , so you may want to give it your consideration and stock up on a bunch of Avios while you can. You can also get Avios by transferring points from , and .
This is not the first timefrom the British Airways website, but nonetheless, it’s a relief to see it finally fixed. And along with two weeks ago after an IT glitch blocked all its partners from seeing and booking awards, that makes this a pretty good month for Oneworld award travelers.