Booking an award ticket is another complex area which is rewarding if you understand how to go about doing it. There are several things you could do to find that availability of desired award. Below are some steps you could take before you call the airlines customer desk to inquire about the award availability:
1. Check the airlines website for which you have miles to see if your desired award is bookable online. For e.g. if you have miles on American Airlines (AA) you can first check the award availability on AA. American Airlines does not provide award search for all its partners. As of now it provides award seach for American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Hawaiian Airlines and Qantas. Make sure you have "ticked" "Redeem AAdvantage Miles" box before you begin your search.
2. Determine which alliance your airline belongs to? American Airlines belong to One World Alliance so it would help you determine what all airlines you can possibly fly on? The complete member list can be found here.
3. Determine which airlines fly to your desired destination. This would help you short list tools which you could use for award availability search. Below listed are some free option's for checking award availability:
4. If any of the above does not help you can check out several non airline tools available. Some of them are free with limited features while better options are available with paid subscriptions. Check the below list for these tools:
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