Over the past couple of years, American has been extremely stingy with making premium cabin award seats available on longhaul flights. However, for whatever reason availability seems to go in “spurts,” where sometimes there’s virtually no availability, and then the next day there’s tons of award availability.
Via View from the Wing, at the moment American has a lot of business class award availability between the US and Europe, including for travel over peak summer dates.
With American, international business class award and upgrade space is identical, so this also means that upgrades are wide available. If you’re an Executive Platinum member, this is a great opportunity to redeem systemwide upgrades.
There’s an especially generous amount of business class award space between Los Angeles and London, as I’d say about half of the dates through late summer have business class availability:
That’s also typically one of the toughest transatlantic routes on which to upgrade, and perhaps the one which adds the most value, since nonstop business class award seats between the west coast and Europe can be especially tough to come by.
And we’re not just talking one seat, but rather seven or more award/upgrade seats, in many cases.
American charges just 50,000 miles for one-way business class between the US and Europe, and there are no fuel surcharges for travel on American. The price of that award will go up to 57,500 miles for bookings made as of March 22, 2016.
Also keep in mind American allows five day award holds, so you can always hold tickets now and then ticket them later.
The way I see it, you’re not at all “settling” by flying American business class. If you can get on one of their 777-300ER planes with reverse herringbone seats, you’re getting the best transatlantic hard product there is, along with wifi. It’s probably my favorite transatlantic business class product out there.
There’s great availability out of several other transatlantic gateways as well, like Charlotte, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, etc.
If you’re looking to book premium cabin transatlantic travel, especially as a group, I’d recommend taking advantage of this as soon as possible. Not only is availability amazing, but if you can get on a plane with flat beds, it’s also a really solid transatlantic product.
Were you able to take advantage of some of American’s transatlantic business class award availability?