I just made an award ticket reservation in Business class to China for 10 days later using my AA miles, coming back in November. Business Class Seats are still pretty easy to find on all Japan Airlines US Gateway from JFK, ORD, SFO and LAX.
YYZ-LGA(stopover), JFK-NRT(stopover)-PEK-NRT-JFK(open jaw)
Total cost 90000 AA miles+157 in taxes and fees, not bad.
Plus, I booked 2 nights at Park Hyatt Tokyo using my Hyatt promotional free night award in my account. Great place to spend my awards and use my 72 hours shore pass for Chinese Passport.
I used Qantas Airways website to search award availability for oneworld partners, but they don't show JL and CX flight, so I use British Airways website to search now. Although it doesn't show everying, but it does offer more partners availability than Qantas Website.
I have not found any discrepancies between BA webiste and AA call center yet. After u did ur research and call AA to book, it will be much easier for u and agent.
Another reason I am using AA miles for this trip is ability to change without a fee even AFTER my trip starts as long as I keep the the same routing and carrier.
With UA and US or BD award, you can not change anything once ur trip starts unless you are using UA miles and the remaining is on UA only
With CO, NW and DL miles, you can change anytime you want, but every change requires a fee unless you are top elite of respective programs