While I’ve written about it before, this is always worth a mention. One of the coolest features of the US Airways award chart is that they have off-peak awards for travel to the Caribbean, South America, and Europe. For me the most interesting is Europe, given that US Airways has pretty good coverage there.
US Airways serves the following cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Athens Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Venice. It’s worth noting that some are seasonal, so may not be available during their off-peak travel dates.
Also, as I mentioned earlier, US Airways has a new business class product which can now be found on almost all of their Airbus 330 aircraft. For more details on the product and which routes they serve, see this post.
US Airways’ off-peak awards to Europe are valid for travel on US Airways between January 15 and February 28. Business class runs you only 60,00 miles roundtrip, and if you have a US Airways Mastercard you get a further 5,000 mile discount, bringing down the cost to 55,000 US Airways miles roundtrip.
Off-peak award availability can be searched on usairways.com using their award travel search tool. Just entered your origin and destination along with preferred dates and click “search,” and the following page will display a color-coded calendar with availability.
The turquoise boxes mean there’s low level award availability, so just click on them to choose your preferred dates.
As you can see US Airways does have a $50 “award processing fee” which is even charged for bookings made online. It cracks me up that in the three seconds the computer issues the ticket it warrants a $50 “processing fee.” But such is life…
The funniest part of the deal (as pointed out to me by reader Carl) has to be that you can actually originate in Hawaii and travel to Europe for 60,000 miles in business/first class during off-peak dates with a stopover on the mainland, while travel between Hawaii and the mainland would otherwise cost 70,000 miles in first class.
In other words, you save 10,000 miles by continuing on to Europe instead of just terminating on the mainland — that’s crazy!
Anyway, even as a warm-blooded Floridian I’m tempted by the prospect of a 55,000 mile business class award ticket to Europe in winter.
Anyone else taking advantage of US Airways’ off peak awards?