American Airlines makes virtually no premium cabin award space on their own flights available, except for the occasional brief ‘dumps’ of space that last for hours or a day before reverting to their normal lack of inventory.
Meanwhile, I’ve often said that it’s a myth that the best time to book awards is midnight 331 days prior to travel. Some airlines do make some award space available at the time their schedule opens, but in general they want to make saver award space available that they know they won’t sell for cash and 11 or more months out they only have limited information about what that will look like. As the schedule progresses and they get better information they’ll adjust award space, making more or fewer seats available.
I actually find that 11 months out is a good time, so is 10 months out, so is 6 months out and so is inside a week of travel.
American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Super Diamond Business Class
Given these two things it seems especially notable that right now American is offering a highly unusual amount of premium cabin award space at the very end of the schedule. If you want to book award space right now, have a look at January 7 and January 8 of next year — but especially January 7, 329 days from now.
I’m searching for (2) business class award seats on a variety of routes. Here’s availability on 3 of the 4 ‘premium’ routes where American actually offers pajamas in business class (the other route is Dallas – Hong Kong):
Here are more Asia routes:
Space is available transatlantic too, for instance Paris:
You’ll find seats to Paris out of New York and Miami also, and availability on other routes.
It will be interesting to see if this is a one-off or if American starts releasing award space right at the end of the schedule, in other words within a day or two of when a date loads into American’s schedule.
(HT: eponymous coward)