Austrian Will Fly To Los Angeles, And Has TONS Of Business Class Award Seats!

In early August I first wrote about the rumor that Austrian Airlines will be launching flights between Vienna and Los Angeles. Austrian has one of my favorite transatlantic business class products thanks to their exceptional catering, so I’d be excited to see them expand further within North America.

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Austrian’s new flight to Los Angeles is official!

Well, it’s now official. Austrian Airlines will begin flying between Vienna and Los Angeles as of April 10, 2017.

LAX-VIE

The new flight will operate as follows:

OS81 Vienna to Los Angeles departing 10:00AM arriving 1:30PM
OS82 Los Angeles to Vienna departing 3:05PM arriving 12:00PM (+1 day)

The flight will initially operate 5x weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays), and as of June 12, 2017, will operate 6x weekly (just not on Sundays).

Austrian will fly a Boeing 777-200 to Los Angeles, featuring 48 business class seats and 260 economy seats.

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While Austrian’s staggered hard product isn’t my favorite, the catering, and in particular the coffee menu, makes Austrian one of my favorite airlines to fly in business class.

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As of now the furthest west Austrian flies is Chicago, so it’s great that there will finally be a longer flight on which to enjoy their product. It’s tough to fully enjoy their service on just a (roughly) eight hour flight from the east coast to Vienna, so color me very excited about this. This flight is blocked at 11hr55min eastbound and 12hr30min westbound.

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Business class award availability is WIDE OPEN!

This is really exciting news for those looking to redeem Star Alliance miles between Los Angeles and Europe, given that nonstop awards from the west coast to Europe are usually very tough to come by, especially out of Los Angeles:

Lately Austrian has been releasing a ton of business class award availability, and there’s good news… that trend is continuing on their new flight to Los Angeles.

Austrian has six business class award seats available on every flight between Los Angeles and Vienna.

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This route was literally just loaded, so this availability won’t be reflected on many airline websites just yet. However, it’s already bookable by phone, so you’ll want to call the airline with which you have miles to book (I just called United, and they could see six seats per flight). Otherwise you can wait a bit, as I imagine within a few hours the space will be bookable online as well.

Bottom line

I’m thrilled that it’s now official that Austrian will launch flights to Los Angeles as of April 2017. Austrian has a lovely business class product, so it will be nice to experience it on a longer flight.

Best of all, having six business class award seats every single day between Los Angeles and Europe is incredible, so I’d recommend taking advantage of that availability as soon as possible!

Do you plan on booking Austrian’s new flight between Los Angeles and Vienna?

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. There is no space right now. I spent 20 min on phone with 1k desk and they checked everything they could…zero space anywhere. They don’t even see the flight. In fact, only place I can even pull it up is on OS website for a revenue ticket.

  2. Aren’t there high fuel surcharges if you use pretty much any Star Alliance miles (SQ, Aeroplan, LH etc) except for United?

  3. Noon is a rough arrival time in Vienna for certain connections. They seem to have their inter-EU routes pegged to much earlier arrival times for many of their longhaul aircraft.

  4. Hi Lucky.
    I have 2 reservations to DBV next week. One on Turkish 777 and one on Austrian 777. Which would you take?

  5. Nothing to see here in coach or biz, on United or Aeroplan, and EF is returning errors. Oh well, fingers crossed.

    I will add this – I wouldn’t count on the catering being quite as spectacular once they start sourcing in LAX. But the combination of location, decent hard/soft product, and hopefully – more availability- LAX-Europe is very welcome.

    I myself would like to to do LAX-DUB in biz on EI – was hoping for a similar development – but I’ve seen little/no availability since they started this last April.

  6. Great scoop!

    Which is better- IBs new business class or Austrians hard product on this route?

    Does United allow a stopover on a one way award?

    Thanks!

  7. There are availability via Avianca Lifemiles now.

    Would appreciate any advice on booking this award with a lap infant with Lifemiles. Will I have to actually call into Lifemiles (yes, it is a nightmare) or will I pay 10% with Austrian Airlines? Thanks in advance.

  8. I still don’t see availability in business class on the non-stop LAX-VIE on united websites, just economy seats. At least for the dates I was checking.

  9. I just hung up with United 1K and they tried to long sell it and weren’t successful, they don’t see any seats in I Class at all right now.

  10. @Larry
    Well since their previous longest flight was to ORD, that was an extra six hours they didn’t schedule their connections for, with an extra 3 hours each way on VIE-LAX.

  11. It’s fully bookable via Avianca’s LifeMiles on the exact non-stop OS flights; I just checked several dummy dates across several months, which all returned a bare minimum of two seats return in I.

    @Hari – the ‘throne’ is also present in OS’s J cabin on the 777-2 flying this route, just like on LX

    @B – there are no fuel surcharges via LifeMiles – only the standard $25 per person charge (inescapable, even via an online booking, though obviously vastly less than a fuel surcharge would be).

  12. Good if your final destination is Austria or Eastern Europe, but Vienna is a long way East if you’re connecting to most major cities of Western Europe. That’s a fair bit of back-tracking.

    Then again if you’re collecting miles . .

  13. Seats are now bookable on UA’s website but agents can’t see them (I just booked 2 R/Ts in May to Prague). Premier desk agent said IT is looking into it as they don’t understand why the website shows space and not them…

  14. Anyone able to book or book+ticket on Aeroplan? Website shows all flights as available, but when you click through to book and make payment, it errors out as if the availability has vanished (it hasn’t).

  15. Award space is wide open on united.com. I booked and tried to get seat assignments using the Austrian PNR on the Austrian site. No success. Is Austrian one who will only let seats be booked a specified amount of time in advance or do I need to call? Any preferred seats?

    Thanks for posting. I’m really happy to have scored this booking.

  16. @Carol-did you use an agent or just book using UA.com? The agents on the phone don’t see the space. Can anyone confirm that they had an agent see the space? I am trying to change an existing ticket to FCO but if I try and change my existing flights, I may lose the space I am holding.

  17. @carol-thanks. I just hung up with UA.com team and they said they can’t book them and I would need to cancel my existing flights and then book the new flights/or do a change flight option. Disclaimer was if I get to final screen and get an error message then I will lose my existing flights. They think the flights just aren’t loaded into agents access. I think I will wait and hope they load them soon enough for availability to remain. Right now I hold 3 seats on SNA-IAH-MUC-FCO. Would love the single short layover but not worth the risk.

  18. @Tiffany, I was able to pull up the booking just fine. I had to call and get my seats. A FlyerTalker has now told me if I input the PNR on the LH site, I’ll be able to change seats. I just tried that and it worked perfectly.

  19. @Tiffany, I agree but have spoke with four different 1K desk agents since midnight and four UA.com reps and get the same answer each time. Open to suggestions.

  20. I booked 2 business seats via United. In the “Manage Reservations” area on united.com if I scroll down to checking baggage it states the first and second bags are $650 each for the outbound and $0 for the return! Any idea if that could be correct? Also, I did seat selection on lufthansa.com for my Austrian flights. No problem.

  21. Any recommendations for which Star Alliance partner to use that I can transfer Amex points to? I didn’t realize that UA is not an Amex transfer partner until I just went in to make the transfer.

  22. After about 30 calls to UA 1K desk agents and UA.com web team, I was finally able to find an agent that figured out how to make the change on an existing reservation and was able to book three seats from LAX to FCO via VIE. Short 1:05 layover to connection. Just got an extra day in Europe for vacation and reduced two connections to one. Thanks for the lead on this Lucky and thanks for the points Tiffany.

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