US Airways transitioned its fare codes over the weekend. As of yesterday, ‘U’ is fare basis for business class awards instead of ‘I’.
It looks like some of the folks in revenue management over at US Airways didn’t get the memo, because ‘U’ class has been left wide open on several flights.
Last night and this morning, for instance, the US Airways Philadelphia – Tel Aviv flight had a big chunk of its business class cabin available as awards most every day for months. That hole seemed to get plugged early this morning just as I was going to write about it.
But several flights are still exhibiting the trait.
For instance, here are searches for business class award space on non-stop US Airways flights for 6 passengers.
Here’s a sample of Philadelphia – Munich:
Days in blue have at least 6 business class seats available on points.
It’s not every day in the same manner, but there are days where Charlotte – London Heathrow has 6 business class seats open (which doesn’t otherwise happen).
Much better is Philadelphia – Madrid.
This is just a sampling of what’s available right now across the Atlantic.
For 50,000 American miles each way, you can book these flights. US Airways charges 100,000 miles roundtrip (they don’t offer one-ways but do permit a stopover in addition to your destination).
US Airways pioneered the fantastic reverse herringbone business class seat on their Airbus A330 that I believe is best in the market and is now featured in the newest American 777 products, by Cathay Pacific for their long haul, and others. (I wouldn’t necessarily want to fly a US Airways 757 transatlantic.)
Cathay Pacific’s reverse herringbone business class
American’s reverse herringbone business class
Grab these quick while the award space is there!