AA.com just got a whole lot more useful: You can now check (and book, obviously) Qantas and Jetstar award availability on AA.com instead of having to use Qantas’ website to that. 2 things worth noting:
1) Coach seats are available all the time.
2) The longstanding rule about getting business class seats on Qantas has been to call 330 days out to get seats. That’s mostly still true, but I do see scattered dates (check out October) where you can get 1 (and occasionally 2) business class seats for 125,000 miles round trip (pretty good, right?). How? From the West Coast, the Jetstar flight from Honolulu to Sydney has dates available here and there. The LAX-HNL portion is frequently available as well. However, from the East Coast, it’s tough to get business class seats to Honolulu on the same days that the Jetstar flights are available. From the East Coast, the Qantas flights from Dallas to Brisbane have sporadic availability for 1 business class seat. I can’t find any days with 2 available right now.
Also, don’t be spooked when it says your desired class of service is not available on one of the legs (when you choose Business class). That often just means that the domestic leg will be a two-class aircraft where the premium service is listed as “First” not “Business.”
Nice enhancement to AA.com.
(Hat Tip to Milepoint)