AWARD AVAILABILITY: Several Cities Wide Open Star Alliance Business Class to Europe for 4+ Passengers

Austrian is a Star Alliance airline, they have a good business class in fact arguably they have the very best food in business class.

You can use miles with United, Aeroplan, ANA, LifeMiles, and many other programs to book awards to and through Vienna to most places you’d want to go in Europe and even Asia.

Vienna Hofburg Imperial Palace at night, Copyright tomas1111 / 123RF Stock Photo

Back in September we saw 6 or more business class award seats available on most Austrian flights. Well now excellent award availability on Austrian is back with 4 or more seats on many flights for travel through April. (HT: Nick Ellis)

New York JFK – Vienna for 4 passengers (dotted lines show business class availability)

Washington Dulles – Vienna for 4 passengers (dotted lines show business class availability)

Availability is even better on the Chicago and Miami flights. Since the great availability really does just run through April, the new Los Angeles – Vienna flight isn’t participating in this.

Vienna is great in its own right. You can’t quite do it in a night, or as quickly as you might walk Amsterdam, but you can see highlights on a Before Sunrise tour.

You may not have any interest in Vienna (although consider it for a stopover — or ‘excursionist perk’ on a United Europe award — but you should have interest in these award seats either way. You can fly beyond to other destinations in Europe or even Asia.

Book with:

  • United MileagePlus: 70,000 miles each way. Chase points transfer to United.
  • Aeroplan: 55,000 miles each way (although if you connect to ‘Europe 2’ the price goes to 57,500). American Express points transfer to Aeroplan, but fuel surcharges are added.
  • Avianca LifeMiles: 63,000 miles each way.

Here are the basics of Austrian’s business class:

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  1. thks Gary, i’m in the market for four F or J to Vienna for a week in March, handy to see a concise reminder of the options.

  2. You keep mentioning Asia as a continuing point from your Vienna stopover. I thought that the Excursionist change disallowed routing through Europe except in exceedingly rare circumstances. Is this one of those circumstances?

  3. Austrian Business Class looks very nice and I would love to fly on it.

    Just one question: Why is it that so many of the European Airlines design their business class cabins with so little privacy? Unlike SQ, CX, JAL etc that have dividers that shields everyone from seeing one another when sitting down. In Austrian, everybody sees the top of every one’s head.

  4. it may be because europeans are more liberal, broader minded, naturalist beaches etc

    different attitudes towards personal space.

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