AA is devaluing its award chart on March 22, 2016 but you’ve still got a week left to take advantage of the old chart. For 40K miles you can experience two of the world’s finest first class products on the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
Etihad Airways flies its A380 featuring first class “Apartments” between Mumbai and Abu Dhabi. Qatar Airways flies its A380 between Doha and Paris. Both flights have good award space.
While not the ideal long haul routings that allow for a full-on first class experince, this is a great way to experience two first class products for what amounts to 20K AA miles per flight. How to get to India or Paris? Check on cheap business class fares ex-CMB (if you start in Paris and end in Mumbai) and low one-way fares on Norwegian Air.
How to get from Abu Dhabi to Doha? Choose Etihad over Doha for the short connecting flight so you can experience the first class lounges in both Abu Dhabi (hopefully opening in May) and in Qatar (now open). All three segments can be on a single award ticket for 40K.
Remember, both Etihad and Qatar space must be booked over the phone wtih AA. Don’t forget to ask your agent to waive the telephone booking fee.