A couple of weeks ago I wrote about fantastic business class award space on American Airlines to Europe this summer for the whole family, to destinations like Rome and Paris.
This was notable because 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.
Right now I’m seeing even better award space from several U.S. gateways to London on American Airlines. The U.K. is preparing to re-open, targeting June 21. They won’t be on the same schedule for international arrivals as Schengen Europe generally, having Brexited after all, but with the the country’s huge success in vaccination Covid-19 cases are about 80% lower than in the U.S. currently on a per capita basis.
That gives us a great change of being able to visit the U.K. this summer, and as oneworld partners with American, British Airways is a viable connection beyond Heathrow as well.
So it’s especially useful that there’s amazing business class award space on American Airlines right now between Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and London and even more – for four passengers or more in business class. This space is throughout the year from New York but in general as we approach the end of 2021 and into 2022.
When you pull up an award calendar on the American Airlines website and search Los Angeles – London for 4 passengers in business class here’s what you’ll see for March 2022, but be careful!
This search will include British Airways. You expect to find better award space on searches that include British Airways, they normally offer some awards but many customers don’t want them because of the fuel surcharges.
A business class roundtrip fare on British Airways includes $1400 in surcharges (on top of the taxes), and those get charged on award tickets too.
So you want to restrict your search to ‘American Airlines flights only’. Fortunately for Los Angeles – London in March 2022 there’s still options nearly every single day for business class awards for four passengers:
West Coast non-stop award space in business class is an historical rarity, let alone for four passengers. There’s also space from other gateways which should be less surprising, albeit still surprising for American AIrlines.
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.