Award travel for Air Ticket or Hotel Room

Award Miles
AAdvantage account and Dividend Miles account merge in second quarter 2015

American AAdvantage First Class Award Ticket 67,500 miles from Asia to San Francisco

Redeem Award Ticket or Redeem Award Hotel Room

My personal experience tells me that Award Ticket is more valuable than Award Hotel Room.  Why? 

Recently I redeemed a one-way First Class ticket from Hong Kong to San Francisco for 67,500 American AAdvantage Miles and travelled by Cathay Pacific, which is in oneworld alliance partner.  Because I am a holder of Citi American AAdvantage credit card holder, I earned back 10% of award miles, which is 6,750.  In another word, I only used 60,750 Amercian AAdvantage Miles for the one-way First Class ticket. 

If you are purchasing the one-way First Class ticket instead of redeeming with your miles, it costs you HKD $102,290 and equivalent to USD $13,196.

One-Way First Class Ticket by Cathay Pacific

One-Way First Class Ticket from Hong Kong to San Francisco by Cathay Pacific HKD$102,290, equivalent to USD$13,196

 

We were thinking of going to Monterey for 2 days getaway and would like to stay at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.  It will cost average $294 per night plus tax.  If I am using my American AAdvantage Miles for the room, I need to spend 61,900 Amercian AAdvantage average per night and it is even more redemption miles than a one-way award first class ticket. 

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa $294 average per night

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa $294 average per night

 

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa Redemption by American AAdvantage 61,900 miles average per night

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa Redemption by American AAdvantage 61,900 miles average per night

In this case, the answer is obvious.  Do you want to save your American AAdvantage Miles for a roundtrip First Class award ticket that worth approximately $22,000?  Or do you want to use your American AAdvantage for 2 nights hotel room that worth approximately $600?

Cathay Pacific First Class Roundtrip HKD$170,430

Cathay Pacific First Class Roundtrip HKD$170,430, equivalent to USD$21,986

Even though you do not want to spend so much miles in first class award ticket, you can save almost half of the miles in economy award ticket (70,000 American AAdvantage required for a roundtrip economy award ticket from Asia to US), which usually cost approximately $1200 – $1500 from Hong Kong to San Francisco.  Your miles will still be more valuable in award air ticket than award hotel room.

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2 thoughts on “Award travel for Air Ticket or Hotel Room

  1. Rocky Peng

    What is the best way to find out Cathay first class availability using AA miles?

    • MilesKing Post author

      Do you have an account with British Airways? If yes, this is the easy way that I will suggest if you are looking for Cathay Pacific award seat. Because AA, BA, and CX are oneworld partners, if you see the availability in BA system, then you can call AA to redeem the award ticket.

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