American Airlines is notoriously stingy about releasing award space on their own metal. It’s especially rare to see award space in premium cabins on long-haul flights, let alone on a flagship route with tons of paying customers up front. But right now, American is offering great award space on its own flights from Dallas (DFW) and Los Angles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) in both First and Business Class.
Here is First Class availability on the Dallas-Hong Kong flights in May, for 2 passengers:
Business Class doesn’t look as good, but still available for 2 passengers on many dates for Dallas-Hong Kong:
There is also plenty of First Class availability on the Los Angeles-Hong Kong flight, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Here is what it looks like for 2 passengers in First Class for the month of May.
American Airlines operates the Boeing 777-300ER on their routes to Hong Kong, which offers their Flagship First product. The First Class cabin offers just 8 seats, so it’s a pretty intimate space, and the chairs can swivel into “Office Mode.”
Meanwhile, Business Class on the 777-300ER entails reverse herringbone seats, similar to what you would find on Cathay Pacific, for example. I sitll think they are one of the best Business Class proudcts out there, and I an consistently get a good night’s sleep on them. I will note that the one advantage American has over Cathay Pacific is that they offer Wi-Fi onboard.
American Airlines charges 70,000 miles one-way for Business Class between the US and Hong Kong, or 110,000 miles one-way for First Class. You can also tag on a flight from Hong Kong to other Asian destinations, but you won’t get a stopover in Hong Kong. Alternatively, you can book this route with Alaska Airlines, with the same cost (70,000/110,000 for Business/First).