New York – Milan Business Class Awards Wide Open On Both American And Emirates

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, American’s New York JFK – Milan flight has outstanding award availability in business class.

Starting mid-November, a majority of days have at least 4 business class saver award seats available flying American Airlines New York JFK – Milan. Some days even have 6 or more.

And 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.

While we’re on the subject of New York – Milan, the Emirates flight on that route also has great availability around the same time period with almost as many dates offering two business class award seats (but not generally more than that).

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  1. @Tim – for nothing? AA’s mileage program was appraised at up to $30 billion, they raised $10 billion in debt against it, and pre-pandemic it accounted for the entire profit of the entire company.

  2. So let me see if I get this straight – the guy runs A FREE blog we get these tips on, shares specials when they are available (I have availed myself of several mile saving redemptions and upgrades options that I got by just reading the FREE blog), is beneficial to all of us and you crap on the guy for pointing out facts? No wonder some Americans followed a horn wearing lunatic into the capitol for their “grievances” too. Facts don’t sit well with many of you, do they?

  3. So umm the company is stingy because they are giving away the seats for free? Sounds like a free loader

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