I called AA to book an business class award from North America to Australia and the only thing we could come up with was via AKL. All the flights were in business so was happy enough. Shortly thereafter I receive an email to call AA regarding my res. I was told that it cant be ticketed because LAX-AKL-MEL is not a valid routing. I tried arguing that it was the only option and the agent put it in etc. but no go. The only info I can find regarding AA's routing rule is that NA-Australia is not allwed via a third region (e.g. Asia). NZ is in South Pacific together with Australia. Anyone know of/had experience with this? Do I have a change of getting it ticketed?