If you look at US Airways’ award chart (for travel on them, and not their partner airlines), you’ll notice a few things. First of all, you’ll notice how hilariously inflated their “high” awards are to South American and Europe — 350,000 miles roundtrip in business class. Yeah, the award chart isn’t the only thing that’s “high!” That’s neither here nor here, though. The reason for my post is that you’ll also notice their off-peak awards, which are some of the best deals in the industry. Most notably, they offer off-peak awards to Europe for only 60,000 miles in business class between January 15 and February 28, and off-peak awards to South America (on the one flight they operate) for 60,000 miles in business class between May 1 and May 31, and October 1 and October 31. Again, this is only for travel on US Airways, and not on any of their partners.
Troy just snagged a couple of seats to Paris in US Airways’ new Envoy Suites product, which I’ve heard some people compare to international first class (I’d call that a stretch, but then again, I haven’t tried the product). Then again, it does look like a solid new product, and it’s available on a majority of their A330-200 aircraft.
US Airways does make it fairly cumbersome to search for these awards (I can’t find a way to display a calendar with availability for business class online), but if you find space in business class on the ANA tool, you should be able to pull it up on usairways.com at the reduced cost. Lastly, if you have the US Airways Mastercard, keep in mind that you get a further 5,000 mile discount on awards.
Overall, not a shabby deal at all! I’m probably a bit too warm-blooded to visit Europe in January or February, though it’s temping for sure…