American Airlines is known for being particularly stingy with international business class award space on its own flights. I redeem AAdvantage miles more than any other airline currency, but almost always for flights on their partners.
The pattern of refusing to make international business class saver awards available to AAdvantage members has largely continued through the pandemic, with a few exceptions. Right now, though, there are some good opportunities to spend miles for fall and winter business class to Europe.
One flight I like right now for redemption is American’s Charlotte – Frankfurt service where I’m seeing 4 business class saver awards on a majority of flights in November and for January through March. Here’s a search for 4 non-stop business class seats on the American Airlines website showing dates available in March:
What’s useful about this is the connectivity in and out of Charlotte, much of it pairable with this daily Boeing 777-200 flight.
- Charlotte – Frankfurt, 4:45 p.m. – 7:15 a.m.+1, American Airlines 704
Frankfurt – Charlotte, 10:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m, American Airlines 705
American Airlines features two different business class seats on Boeing 777-200 aircraft. This is the Zodiac ‘Concept D’ seat.
And what I really appreciate, with all of the uncertainty that remains in the pandemic and what destinations will work for travel, is that American eliminated mileage cancel and redeposit fees for all members. So you can make an AAdvantage award booking and if you need to change plans, put the miles back in your account for free. So grab opportunities while they’re available, you’re really just creating an option.
Since these are saver awards (priced 57,500 AAdvantage miles each way) and not web saver awards, they are available to members of partner frequent flyer programs like Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, British Airways Executive Club, and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles.