American Airlines is offering seasonal service from Philadelphia to Bologna, Italy this summer with four-times weekly Boeing 767 service.
That struck me as a bizarre route when they announced it. Most transatlantic service is to Rome, and to Milan, with secondary service making some sense to Venice and Naples. But… Bologna? American Airlines management has a history of picking routes without competition, though I’ve suspected this one lacked competition for a reason.
And American’s revenue management seems to agree because award availability in business class is excellent. In fact, over the summer you can book two business class award seats most days where the flight operates.
Here’s Philadelphia – Bologna for two passengers in business class:
Some days you’ll find even 6 business class award seats:
American Airlines isn’t known for making business class award seats available on their own flights, so this is notable. And since awards on their primary transatlantic British Airways incur huge fuel surcharges, the ability to fly at the saver level in business class and no fuel surcharges with American AAdvantage miles is notable. You can also use Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for these flights, of course.
The carrier’s 767 business class product lags the experience on their other widebody aircraft, but does offer fully flat seats with direct aisle access.
Using both AAdvantage and Alaska Airlines miles you can include connecting flights without additional mileage cost. American AAdvantage may even offer better availability from other cities connecting through Philadelphia than when searching non-stop.
(HT: Brendan Dorsey)