If I’m reading this correctly… and I’d like to think that I am, it appears that you may be able to book Air France first class on the Abu Dhabi-Paris route with AA miles.
This shows “Guest First” availability for flight EY 37 AUH-CDG, but the note that pops up says that on this date, EY 37/38 are operated by Air France aircraft and crew.
Honestly, I don’t know… I don’t think many (any?) folks would argue that Air France first class is better than Etihad–and the Etihad operated flight is available too– but it’s definitely harder to book with miles, so perhaps it’s more intriguing. Ordinarily, only Air France’s own Flying Blue members can redeem for their first class, so this is definitely an interesting option if nothing else.
In fact, I’m not even totally sure that this is correct or that they wouldn’t place you in business class. Etihad shows the flight as being operated by an Airbus A340-600–which Air France doesn’t even operate. They do operate a 340-300, and it’s possible that Etihad’s computer doesn’t have the designation for a 300 series in their software (since Etihad doesn’t operate the 300), so they code it as a 600. However, Air France’s 340′s don’t even have a first class section according to Seat Guru, so now I’m really confused…
I’m going to put in a call to AA and see if they can see anything on their end and maybe even try to put an award on hold.
Anyone know what’s up?