I am planning a trip from Melbourne to Seattle. I would like as much of it as possible to be on an AA ticket (even if on another airline's plane).
I can buy tickets with Qantas that go MEL-SYD-LAX-SEA and back, with the last LAX-SEA part on Alaska.
I can buy the MEL-SYD-LAX and back legs through the AA website with the MEL->SYD leg treated as a Qantas ticket, but the remaining legs as American.
I can buy the LAX-SEA return trip through American as an American ticket (on a Alasa plane).
I would buy these separately, but I'm worried about having to recheckin and missing connections since they are separate tickets.
I'd like to buy these as a single ticket. When I do the combined search on any online agency I can't find this option, only the same airplanes bought through Qantas. Is there any search engine where I can tell it to look for specific flight numbers?
To be specific, I'm looking at AA7407 (MEL-SYD), AA7365 (SYD-LAX), then any of several LAX-SEA options (most codeshare on AS planes), then AA6964 (SEA-LAX), AA73 (LAX-SYD), then AA7327 (SYD-MEL). You can buy the MEL-SYD-LAX flights and the SYD-LAX-SEA options on several places, but finding them all together seems to not show up. I need the late departure from MEL in order to maximize time with my daughter, and the late departure from SEA in order to maximize time working. It's easy to find a 9:30ish departure from MEL, but that means leaving home when my daughter wakes up rather than playing with her for the morning.