United.com Will Now Show Brussels Airlines’ Great Award Availability

Transatlantic business class space to Europe using miles from a Star Alliance airline like United or Air Canada is often easiest to find into and out of Brussels… both on United and on Brussels Airlines.

Brussels Airlines has been a Star Alliance member for four years but with award space only in the past few days made searchable on United’s website. (Previously you could search it using the ANA, Aeroplan, or FlightStats websites.)

Ironically United.com adds this functionality two months after United proactively removed Singapore Airlines award space from their website (and lied about it being Singapore’s fault).

And, of course, after United jacked up the price of partner awards.

Check it out yourself, though — for quite some time I’ve been pointing out how good the award availability is.

And since Brussels Airlines hubs there, of course, you can connect beyond Brussels to elsewhere in Europe and also North Africa (although as a relatively smaller carrier frequencies are limited so layovers may be long-ish), the latter given Belgium’s colonial past.


About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Given a choice: Brussels or lufthansa (business class)? I need to know if I should change flights thank you!!

  2. About the connections, it is rather sub-Saharan Africa instead of North Africa (where they serve just two destinations in Morocco on a weekly basis). Besides Air France it is the airline with by far the largest diversity of African destinations from Europe. Some of them are (depending on the period) served with a relative high frequency of 5-7 flights per week (Abidjan, Kinshasa, Douala, Yaounde, Kigali, Entebbe, …)

  3. I flew Business Class on Brussels Airlines from Kigali in 2012, and it involved uncomfortable recliner seats. Maybe they have improved since then?

  4. I am traveling to Barcelona in May and had booked 6 months ago a business first award ticket home from Brussels. I figure 5 days in Barcelona and 3 days in Brussels. Nice trip. Award availability at Saver level was unbelievable.

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