Our very own dansdeals.com forum administrator (Eli) and moderator (Levi), went on an incredible trip to Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Tokyo, Oahu, and Maui.
He was even able to use the free wi-fi on AA deal to submit the report from 35,000 feet!
They used one of my favorite awards, the AA OneWorld award, to book the trip in business class.
With that award, instead of using miles to fly to a single place for a set amount of miles (for example a business class ticket to Israel would be 135K miles) you book multiple flights and add up the total flown miles to determine the zone and its cost. You could fly to Israel using a Zone 5 OneWorld award for just 115,000 miles in business class.
There are a few catches with OneWorld awards:
-You must fly on at least 2 OneWorld carriers (and AA can not count as one of the 2)
-You can’t have more than 16 flight segments.
-You can only have a stopover once in each city.
-You can only connect in the same city twice.
-You can’t stopover or connect in the city where travel originated.
With just under 20,000 flown miles, they were able to squeeze into a Zone 6 award which costs 130,000 miles in Business class. Nicely done!