A couple of weeks ago, immediately after US Airways transitioned to using American’s fare class codes, the floodgates opened on US Airways international awards in business class.
Then over the weekend things opened back up for summer travel — not the floodgates of the first wave, where whole cabins were practically available for redemption on most routes, but a few seats in business class most days, which is very much not the historical norm for US Airways.
And then within a few hours it was gone. Glitch, corrected. Some folks got their summer award trips booked in the interim, however.
Commenter Joe just noted that “Saver level US flights are back up..”
It’s not quite the wide open field that it has been in the recent past. This looks to be primarily over the summer, and for certain routes only.
For instance, searching for 2 non-stop business class award seats Philadelphia – Tel Aviv looks like this:
But some routes do have pretty good availability again! For instance:
Philadelphia – Paris
Charlotte – Madrid
And some only ‘decent’ space, like Philadelphia – Zurich.
So if you missed out on the last go-arounds, and are looking to redeem US Airways or American frequent flyer miles for summer business class transatlantic trips without fuel surcharges this is a good opportunity. And of course the US Airways business class seat on the Airbus A330 is darned good.