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This morning View from the Wing wrote about how there’s wide open transatlantic business class award availability on Brussels Airlines and United Airlines to Brussels, Belgium. While 57,500-70,000 miles for a one-way business class award ticket is a decent deal, this caught my attention for a very different reason.
As I wrote about in May, the single best value transatlantic business class award out there is between New York and Brussels on Brussels Airlines when redeeming Etihad Guest miles. Etihad charges just 36,620 miles for the roundtrip ticket in business class. The total taxes and fees per passenger should be under $100. That’s not a typo, you read that right.
That’s the cost exclusively between New York and Brussels, though adding on additional flights within Europe won’t be expensive. For example, a roundtrip award from Brussels to Paris will cost you just 1,550 miles in business class. You can find the full point-to-point award chart here. Of course Brussels has a very central location, so it’s also a great point from which to start a train journey.
When I first wrote about that opportunity in May, the catch was that Brussels Airlines had very little business class award space available, so the pricing was of limited use without corresponding availability. Well, at the moment Brussels Airlines business class award availability between New York and Brussels is quite good, including for multiple people, especially for next year. So there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of this award.
You’ll have to call Etihad Guest to book these awards, which is always an experience, as their agents are quite hit-or-miss. Also, availability may not always match what you see with Star Alliance carriers — sometimes availability is better, sometimes it’s worse. Only roundtrip award tickets are permitted.
As a reminder, Etihad Guest is transfer partners with American Express Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou, so you can transfer points from cards like the Citi Prestige® Card, The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express, etc.
Transatlantic award values don’t get better than this, so if you’ve been considering a trip to Europe, this is an unbeatable deal!