Update: Unfortunately the saver first class award space between London and Los Angeles has now been pulled.
Yesterday American announced four new routes between the US and Europe, which would launch in the spring of 2015. These flights included the following:
- A second daily Boeing 777-300ER flight between Los Angeles and London as of March 28, 2015
- A daily Boeing 757-200 flight between New York and Birmingham as of May 7, 2015
- A daily Boeing 757-200 flight between New York and Edinburgh as of May 7, 2015
- A daily Boeing 767-300 flight between Miami and Frankfurt as of May 14, 2015
It was also announced that these flights would become bookable as of today, Sunday, November 2, 2014.
When flights are first loaded into the schedule it can often be good news for award availability:
- All availability is typically loaded at once, so if any award space is loaded, you really have your choice of seats
- Sometimes there are anomalies in the way airlines first load award availability, which are inconsistent with their overall strategy on releasing award space — in the case of Europe, any award availability is a blessing, given how stingy American is with premium cabin saver level award availability
Anyway, these four new routes are indeed now bookable, so how does award availability look?
Let me start by saying that none of the routes have any confirmable business class upgrade space yet as far as I can tell based on searching ExpertFlyer.
Los Angeles to London as of March 28, 2015
As far as award availability on these new routes go, this is the only exciting development. EVERY SINGLE FIRST CLASS SEAT IS AVAILABLE FOR AWARDS at the saver level on the new American flight between Los Angeles and London… through May 31, 2015. After May 31, there’s not a single first class award seat available.
But no joke, in both directions every single date has all first class seats available for awards — this is insane, and keep in mind this is American’s new first class product as well.
American 777-300ER first class
In business class there’s not a single saver award seat on any date.
In economy there’s fairly good saver award space through the end of the schedule.
New York to Birmingham flight as of May 7, 2015
American has made saver economy award seats available on their New York to Birmingham flight for every single day the flight operates in both directions, though there’s not a single saver level business class seat available through the end of the schedule.
New York to Edinburgh flight as of May 7, 2015
Much like on the Birmingham flight, American has made saver economy award seats available on their New York to Edinburgh flight for every single day the flight operates in both directions, though there’s not a single saver level business class seat available through the end of the schedule.
Miami to Frankfurt flight as of May 14, 2015
The first thing worth noting about this flight is that based on the seatmap it looks like it will initially be operated by a 767 with American’s old business class product. I’m sure it will get the new business class product at some point, though that’s not in the schedule yet.
With that in mind, American has only a handful of dates with saver level economy award seats from Miami to Frankfurt, though they have saver level economy award seats from Frankfurt to Miami almost every day.
None of this really surprises me, though the amount of award space American has in first class on the Los Angeles to London flight through May 31, 2015, is unreal. That won’t last, so if you’re interested, be sure to book ASAP. Both American and US Airways charge 125,000 miles for roundtrip first class without fuel surcharges, so that would be your best bet for snagging that flight.
Do you plan on snagging a first class award seat between Los Angeles and London?