American Airlines almost never releases business class saver awards, so if you want to fly American Airlines flights abroad in a premium cabin you’re almost always looking at an AAnytime award.
The airline has five levels of AAnytime award prices. Those are different price levels for booking any seat on the plane, including the last seat.
The saver award US-Europe price is 57,500 miles one way. The lowest AAnytime price is normally 110,000 miles. However via One Mile at a Time American is discounting summer business class AAnytime award travel to Europe.
- Travel US to Europe August 1 – August 28
- Travel Europe to US August 1 – September 18
In some sense on a promo basis 85,000 is the saver award price since there aren’t generally saver award seats released — unless you fly British Airways, and then you’re looking at hundreds or even a thousand dollars in cash co-pay (carrier-imposed surcharges) in addition to your miles.
Extra availability at the 85,000 mile level (on American flights, with no surcharges) is comparable to what you’d expect from competitor airlines. Delta generally charges 86,000 miles each way — or more — for their saver space. United charges 70,000 miles each way on partners (partner availability isn’t yet infested by the carrier’s dynamic award pricing).