Reminder: Austrian Business Class Award Space 90 Days Out

Last December I posted about how Austrian consistently releases business class award space roughly 90 days before departure.

I know a lot of people are still trying to redeem miles for travel to Europe this summer, and typically three months out can be a rather challenging time to book.

That’s because airlines typically release award space as soon as their schedules open, and then again close to departure once they know their seats will go unsold. And that “last minute” space can range from a few months to a few weeks to a few days to a few hours before departure.

Austrian just happens to be one of the few carriers that’s extremely consistent about releasing space 90 days out. And since we’re 90 days from the peak of summer I figured I’d post a reminder of this.

Lets take a look at Austrian business class award space for travel in late July, which is three months from now.

There’s plenty of space on their Chicago to Vienna route in business class:

Austrian-Award-Space-1

And on their Washington to Vienna route:

Austrian-Award-Space-2

And on their New York JFK and Newark to Vienna routes:

Austrian-Award-Space-3

And on their Toronto to Vienna route:

Austrian-Award-Space-4

Best of all, availability is even quite good for multiple passengers.

Why you should fly Austrian Airlines business class

Austrian has one of my favorite business class products. Their entire fleet now features their new fully flat business class, but my favorite part of flying with them has to be their DO&CO catering and dedicated coffee menu. I’ve flown Austrian business class from Vienna to Tokyo Narita, and had a great flight.


Austrian 777-200 business class cabin


Coffee on Austrian

How to redeem miles for Austrian business class

Admittedly it’s much tougher to efficiently redeem miles for Austrian business class now that US Airways has left the Star Alliance and United has devalued their award chart.

So nowadays the best ways to redeem for Austrian business class are as follows:

  • 70,000 United MileagePlus miles one-way (no fuel surcharges)
  • 52,500 Avianca LifeMiles one-way (no fuel surcharges)
  • 45,000 Aeroplan miles one-way, plus fuel surcharges (~$400)
  • 68,000 ANA miles roundtrip from the east coast, plus fuel surcharges (~$800 roundtrip)

Anyway, while there’s no “amazing” way to redeem for Austrian business class due to the redemption rates, it is nice to have access to tons of award space in a great business class product during the peak of summer, so may well be worth the fuel surcharges and/or number of miles required.

About lucky

Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. it’s all nice and dandy except… Avianca doesn’t see Austrian awards available for those days… at least on the JFK-VIE route. i haven’t checked others. not sure if they can help over the phone or what the glitch is. 🙁

  2. @ choi — I don’t find there to be a consistent pattern. They release some space when the schedule opens and then sometimes more space as the departure date approaches, though beyond that haven’t found there to be exact dates.

  3. OK, thanks Ben, I guess I’ll try to book over the phone next time I fly home. BTW, when you book Avianca rewards on the phone… do you still need only 40% (or more if you prefer)of the mileage? Are they able to adjust for this just like the website does?

    Also, for my trip in June I picked the throne seat – 3A. I think you said the foot cubby is too small… but I just never have any luck with random seatmates… always end up with an old lady next to me instead of a hot dude. 🙁

  4. @ Lantean — They should be able to still apply to do miles & money over the phone. The throne seats aren’t perfect, but if traveling alone are definitely the better option, in my opinion.

  5. Am I right to assume that all this award space is only for one person? I remember a while back looking for space but had to split routings with one person on Austrian and one on Swiss just because there never seemed to be two seats available on Austian. (or Swiss for that matter, but it could just have been for our dates.)

  6. I would definitely be interested in a post about summer Europe bookings and when the best time to book is. I’m planning a trip to Germany at the end of July, and all I know right now is that I’m flying LH F back to the States (which has availability for M&M members). All the availability I see in F from the States is multi-stop stuff w/ fuel surcharges (mostly BA w/ AA miles). I wonder whether I should wait until two weeks out or book that now and just pay the surcharges.

  7. I am eagerly awaiting OS coming down to Texas some day. Vienna is a nice city and relatively cheap compared to other European destinations.

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