American Airlines just entered into a new codeshare agreement that may make it easier for you to explore and experience Southeast Asia. American Airlines is partnering with Hong Kong's Cathay Dragon Airlines to give customers access to many popular spots throughout Southeast Asia. The list of destinations on the table includes some big draws. Here are the four new destinations that American Airlines customers can connect to based on the codeshare agreement:

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh (DAC)
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX)
  • Da Nang, Vietnam (DAD)
  • Phuket, Thailand (HKT)

The new codeshare agreement between American Airlines and Cathay Dragon isn't just making it possible for American to introduce some new routes. It is also allowing American to offer increased frequency for flights to existing markets. Here's a look at destinations that will see expanded service:

  • Penang, Malaysia (PEN)
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL)
  • Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN)

The fact that American Airlines was previously only able to offer flights to places like Hanoi that were routed through Tokyo means that many new doors are being opened up for travelers. American's new codeshare agreement with Cathay Dragon Airlines will essentially only impact travelers using Hong Kong International Airport. American already offers direct daily flights from Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles to Hong Kong International.

In addition, American offers connecting service through New York and Chicago via Cathay Pacific. American Airlines and Cathay Pacific have a longstanding relationship. For those who didn't already know, Cathay Dragon is actually a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific. The new codeshare flights are already on sale and they cover travel beginning on July 11 of this year.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: