Securing award flights nonstop from the west coast to Europe can be quite difficult. At least it’s finally getting a bit easier with Star Alliance, for travel on Austrian and LOT. Austrian announced a new route between Los Angeles and Vienna, while LOT announced a new route between Los Angeles and Warsaw.
Well, it looks like there’s now another good option for nonstop business class award availability between the west coast and Europe.
Air Canada’s new Vancouver to Frankfurt route
Air Canada has just announced a new seasonal flight between Vancouver and Frankfurt, which will begin on June 1, 2017. The flight will operate with a Boeing 787-8, featuring excellent reverse herringbone business class seats.
The flight will operate with the following schedule:
AC840 Vancouver to Frankfurt departing 12:25PM arriving 7:05AM (+1 day)
AC841 Frankfurt to Vancouver departing 10:00AM arriving 10:55AM
Best of all, the flight has two business class award seats available almost every day, between June 1 and the end of the schedule.
This is a great opportunity to redeem Star Alliance miles for a nonstop flight from the west coast to Europe. You can book this flight one-way in business class for the following costs:
- 63,000 Avianca LifeMiles (no fuel surcharges)
- 70,000 United MileagePlus miles (no fuel surcharges)
- 55,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles (fuel surcharges of ~$325 one-way)
Air Canada Rouge is adding Vancouver to London Gatwick route
For what it’s worth, Air Canada Rouge (their low cost division) is also launching a new 3x weekly flight between Vancouver and London Gatwick as of June 8, 2017. Since this flight will be operated by Rouge, keep in mind that there’s not a real business class cabin, but rather just Premium Rouge, which is similar to what you’d get on a domestic flight.
This flight complements Air Canada’s existing flight between Vancouver and London Heathrow, which is operated by a mainline aircraft. Clearly the new frequency to London Gatwick is intended to compete with WestJet, which also operates in the market. While there’s also award availability on this route, I’d probably avoid booking it, due to the much tighter configurations in the Rouge 767 fleet (for example, Air Canada 767s have 211 seats, while Rouge 767s have 280 seats).
Anyone planning on booking either of these new Air Canada transatlantic flights out of Vancouver?