It’s Raining Reservations…


…And I’m drowning in record locators.

I’ll spare you the details of the trip we’re planning. For more, just read these posts so you can see me be an idiot:

That’s right folks, I more or less have three different routings on a five-day hold with American Airlines. The itineraries are: Vancover-Hong Kong via Tokyo on Japan Airlines, LAX-Hong Kong via Osaka on JAL/Cathay, San Diego to Singapore via Tokyo on JAL. And we’ve just reserved another routing!

As part of a weird rash of American Airlines award availability yesterday, seats on American Airlines flights were actually bookable for cheap. American isĀ terribleĀ at releasing award seats. Some people went through the cAAlendar and found not a single award seat for the cheapest award level on all of American’s flight across the Pacific, including flights to Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Auckland, and Sydney. But yesterday they just dumped a whole bunch of seats, in first and business class, foe the advertised saver rate of 55,000 for business class and 67,500 for first.

But, we didn’t have enough miles for first, so we looked for and found American Airlines business class availability from Dallas to Hong Kong, which is American’s longest route, before continuing on to Colombo, where we could get on a short flight to Male and go to whatever Maldivian hotel we would be staying at. The DFW-HKG flight would be on an American Airlines 777-300er, while the flight from Hong Kong to Colombo would be on a Sri Lankan Airlines A330. It would be the longest flight I have ever been on, but I prefer the previous routing I wrote about to be better.

That routing involves flying a Japan Airlines 787 from San Diego to Tokyo, then getting on a 767 with JAL’s new staggered 767 business class product from Tokyo to Singapore. We would then take a cheap flight to the Maldives. I prefer this routing for a number of reasons:

  • Firstly, I would already be reviewing American Airlines’ 777-300er product on my flight from London to LA in August, and I’m all about diversifying content.
  • Secondly, I would really like to fly a 787 in international business class, as well as JAL’s new 767 business product looks pretty nice.
  • I’ve never been to Singapore and it looks like a really nice city,

Well, I guess we’ll have to see how this all plays out…


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I'm Alex, and I am an enthusiast in all things travel: miles and points, airplanes, airline products, and more. On this blog, you can read my take on recent travel/ commercial aviation news, trip reports, ramblings, rants, and opinions, and I'll even share some of my aviation photography from time to time. Hope you enjoy reading, and happy travels!