JonNYC pointed to excellent award availability in business and first class for two people San Francisco – London this summer.
Some pretty noteworthy AA metal milesaver F and J availability, for 2 passengers, starting on/about July 13th, SFO-LHR. If you’re into that kinda thing. pic.twitter.com/QqYp05D02W
— JonNYC (@xJonNYC) June 3, 2019
And it’s certainly true you can fly American Airlines first class which has the appeal of also avoiding British Airways draconian fuel surcharges.
My first reaction to Jon’s tweet was confusion because it sounded like he was referring to American Airlines San Francisco – London non-stop, and of course American doesn’t fly that route (their joint venture partner British Airways does). No, he was talking about originating in San Francisco and this points to something really important.
For the past year and a half American has been making extra award space available on a connecting basis (married segments), mostly in coach. They’ve been treating miles as money and bidding for award inventory from revenue management.
- This is not non-stop availability.
- But it’s really quite good.
- San Francisco – New York JFK – London Heathrow means flying flying in three-cabin first class the whole way.
What’s super interesting though is that when you can book San Francisco – New York JFK – London Heathrow, you can not just book New York JFK – London Heathrow. There’s no saver availability at all. And if you wanted just the one flight as an award you’d have to pay an elevated AAnytime price of 215,000 miles.
West Coast – Europe award travel is tough, getting premium cabin to Europe on American Airlines (and thus not paying surcharges) is tougher still. This is definitely worth taking ‘AAdvantage’ of. And enjoy American’s Flagship First Dining facility at New York JFK.
And if you have a stash of Etihad Guest miles, ring up about your preferred itinerary to see if they can book for 50,000 miles each way in business (vs. 57,500 from American) or 62,500 in first.
However if there was any doubt that American’s married segment award availability logic was in play for premium cabin awards now (and with ensuing negative consequences for making changes to awards) this should illustrate the extension beyond coach — and is a part of dynamic availability if not pricing.