It looks like their US expansion is continuing. Per airlineroute.net, Austrian will be starting 5x weekly flights between Vienna and Miami as of October 16, 2015.
The new flight will operate with the following schedule, every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays:
OS97 Vienna to Miami departing 9:55AM arriving 3:20PM
OS98 Miami to Vienna departing 5:10PM arriving 8:50AM (+1 day)
Interestingly the flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200, which is the largest airplane in Austrian’s fleet. For the previous North America destinations Austrian started service to, they launched the routes with the Boeing 767-300.
Austrian has one of my favorite transatlantic business class products. While the seat as such is mediocre (it’s a Vantage style fully flat staggered seat), everything else about the experience is top notch, from the food to the service.
Austrian has DO&CO catering in business class, which isn’t only high quality, but also very customized — the appetizer and dessert are plated at your seat.
And let’s not forget their amazing coffee menu, which I’d argue is the best in the sky.
As of now it looks like award availability hasn’t yet been loaded on the route, though seats are for sale. Austrian is generally quite good with award availability. They make a fair amount of award space available when the schedule opens, and then consistently open more business class award availability within 90 days of departure. So snagging those seats isn’t too tough.
In terms of redeeming miles, you’re best off redeeming either Avianca LifeMiles (they charge 63,000 miles one-way without fuel surcharges) or Air Canada Aeroplan miles (they charge 45,000 miles one-way plus fuel surcharges).
While there’s not much Star Alliance presence in Miami, this route makes perfect sense. Florida is popular with Europeans, and this is also the gateway to Latin America. Both Lufthansa and Swiss fly to Miami, and Lufthansa even does so year-round with an A380, which says a lot.