For our series Award Success Just completed another great value redemption with American Airlines AAdvantage miles, booking a Qatar Airways business class ticket from Frankfurt, Germany to Delhi, India.
American AAdvantage exchange rates between Europe and South Asia are very advantageous and you can travel on this route for only 42,500 miles in business class (20,000 in economy class).
At the moment, it is rather difficult to find suitable reward options for India. Via United it would have been possible to book Air India or on very few dates a connection with Vistara. No Lufthansa/Swiss options were available for a very long time.
This looked a bit better when searching for oneWorld connections as these would return options on British Airways, Finnair as well as Qatar Airways, the latter obviously being the best option in the pack.
After selecting the appropriate option on the AA website, I proceeded with the purchase. The reservation was on hold for a few minutes before the ticket was issued.
Following this I went to the Qatar Airways website to select seats and obtain my booking confirmation in pdf format:
I really like the timings of this particular flight pair as it is definitely better than arriving at Delhi airport in the middle of the night.
The price of this ticket was extremely reasonable, 42,500 AAdvantage miles plus $145 airport taxes and certain fees:
Fare prices paid for attractive flights are rather high at the moment, so the use of miles was the logical consequence in this case. Although there were low cost business class options with Air India, I feel much more comfortable with Qatar Airways.
Passengers looking to use their miles might find it rather difficult at this time to secure award seats, as high demand for air travel makes it nearly impossible to redeem rewards. This is mainly due to a shortage of flights and reduced overall capacity as carriers suffer from understaffing both internally and at airports. The most infamous airports that simply can’t keep up with passenger numbers are Amsterdam, Dublin, London and Toronto, all of which have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks.
I am very happy that I was able to issue this reservation for the fall at a rather reasonable rate and with excellent departure and arrival times.
I always compare cash prizes and the required number of miles and extras for award flights and this was one of those cases where using my AA miles was definitely worth it.