As of a couple of days ago American’s website has started displaying Air Berlin and Finnair award space, which is awesome since it means there’s less need to use British Airways’ website.

When you do an award search on aa.com, options on both Air Berlin and Finnair will automatically show up if there’s availability, assuming you don’t limit your search parameters exclusively to American (so be sure you select the first box on the search page).

What I love about American’s website, and what makes it my favorite site to search OneWorld award space (for the airlines it supports) is that they give you the option of searching just nonstop flights over a month. Once you enter your origin and destination and dates, the next page that displays the calendar gives you the option of displaying nonstop flights only on the top left.

Given that there’s no route overlap between American and Air Berlin/Finnair, this makes it very easy to figure out when Air Berlin and Finnair nonstop flights are available.

Not surprisingly you’ll find Air Berlin is pretty readily available in both coach and business class. Finnair is also readily available in both cabins, with the exception of their New York to Helsinki route, where they release virtually no business class award space for reasons I can’t understand… go figure. That’s quite sad, given that they actually have a great business class product on that route, which they don’t have on many of their other longhaul routes as of now.

Anyway, this is another nice addition to aa.com. Now I’m just waiting for them to start displaying Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines award space, which will hopefully happen soon.

Admittedly to some degree them displaying award availability is a double edged sword, and long term probably makes it tougher for those “in the know” to redeem miles. I suspect there are more outstanding miles with American AAdvantage than any other OneWorld airline, and members easily being able to search the space online certainly makes things a bit more competitive.

  1. October 14th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    mac said,

    Maybe DL got jealous (finally) as delta.com is now displaying KE #gamechanger

  2. October 14th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    ffi said,

    If that is true, that IS a game changer for DL.dumb

  3. October 14th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    ffi said,

    They ARE online!
    But the calendar is still buggy and you have to search one day at a time almost to find KE space
    This will change things.
    If AA/US merge, then that will also be a double edged sword; no more WAS-PEK-PRG-WAS for 90k biz.
    If only DL would just boot up the old NW servers and keep them alive for award bookings.

  4. October 15th, 2012 at 12:37 am

    AK said,

    I’ve been playing around with KE searches – https://pointstopointb.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/delta-showing-korean-air-award-space-online/

    Still glitchy. Won’t show up on “multi-city” searches even when the same space shows up on “one-way” or “round-trip” searches. And you have to double-check connections to see if they actually make sense (typical Delta).

  5. October 15th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Lantean said,

    do you still see Hawaiian awards on AA.com? i cannot find any for the JFK-HNL flight… it seems like they don’t show them at all.

  6. October 15th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Lantean — Hawaiian space is still available on aa.com. They’re just releasing a lot less space on the nonstop flight from JFK to HNL than in the past.

  7. October 15th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Lantean said,

    do you know why?
    :(

  8. October 15th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Nathan said,

    Can’t wait for AA.com to start showing CX and JAL awards!

  9. October 16th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Lantean — They launched the route back in June and I suspect it’s performing well, so they are probably filling up the first class cabin without releasing award seats.

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  11. August 25th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    RJ said,

    The new AA site took away the “Non-stop” only option, so all the searches show evil YQ British Airways options.

  12. August 25th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    lucky said,

    @ RJ — I still see it. When you get to the page that displays award flights, simply click “Non-stop only” under “Number of Stops” on the left of the screen.

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