oneworld Member Airlines – American Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways

British Airways is a member of oneworld Alliance
Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is member of oneworld alliance

I used my American AAdvantage to book my Cathay Pacific award flights because they are member airlines in oneworld alliance.

For Citi American AAdvantage credit card holder, you can earn 10% redeemed AAdvantage miles back and up to 10,000 miles per year, which makes it more attractive to use American AAdvantage miles instead of Cathay Asia Miles.

Different in Miles for American AAdvantage and Cathay Asia Miles

  • Cathay Asia Miles allows you to waitlist, buy not American AAdvantage.
  • Both allow to book one-way award ticket, but Asia Miles require more award miles for one-way.
Asia Miles Award Chart

Asia Miles Award Chart

For example, from San Francisco to Hong Kong travels by Cathay Pacific Airways, it requires 70,000 Asia Miles for an one-way business class ticket, and it requires 120,000 Asia Miles for a roundtrip business class ticket.

Since American Airlines is a member of oneworld alliance and you can redeem the same Cathay Pacific Airways ticket by using your American AAdvantage.  it requires 55,000 AAdvantage Miles for an one-way business class ticket, and it requires 110,000 AAdvantage Miles for a roundtrip business class ticket.  If you are American AAdvantage credit card holder, you will earn back 10,000 AAdvantage Miles after redemption.

In sum, one-way award ticket is saved 15,000 miles and roundtrip award ticket is saved 10,000 miles.  With the earn back miles for AAdvantage credit card holder, your saving for one-way award ticket is 20,000 miles and roundtrip award ticket is 20,000 miles as well.

American Airlines Award System

American Airlines online is not able to show international award seats for most of the partner airlines.  If you call customer service to book a ticket, usually you need to hold the line for 30-45 minutes, sometimes could be even longer.  My trick to save the time is to use British Airways system to look for the availability online.  When I see the award seats, I will call American Airlines AAdvantage desk for booking.  My second trick is to use the call back features in American Airlines AAdvantage desk, then you do not need to hold the line and do not need to listen to the on hold music.

 

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