I'm booking my first AA award and I'm a little confused about their routing rules. I'm trying to book a regular one-way award (non-distance-based) which includes a segment on ORD-HKG on Cathay Pacific first. So I have my domestic home airport to ORD to HKG all planned out in first class and it prices to the expected 67,500 miles + (unexpected) $5 in taxes. My first question is, should I be worried that the agent did something wrong if they are charging me only $5 for this international ticket? Second, no matter what I try, they won't let me take a connection from Hong Kong to anywhere else in Asia without going to a distance-based mileage price. For example, they said I needed to route through Tokyo if I wanted to continue to Singapore or Bangkok, and that I cannot go through Hong Kong and still pay only 67,500 miles. Is this true? Is Hong Kong as far as I can go with this one way award pricing?