Air Canada business class awards between North America and Australia are wide open most of the time June through October. You’ll find a majority of dates have availability for four passengers or more flying Vancouver – Sydney. When I wrote about Air Canada making seats available a month ago this was only through Labor Day but now the seats are even open in throughout October.
Here’s a look at July-August availability for (4) passengers, whenever the United.com calendar shows seats at 99,000 miles that means business class saver on Air Canada is open:
These are bookable using miles in any Star Alliance program, for instance United miles. They’re also bookable – often for fewer miles – using Air Canada Aeroplan, which is a transfer partner of Chase, Capital One, American Express and Bilt.
- For instance while their ‘saver’ price is 85,000 miles (compared to United charging 99,000) I’m seeing several days where just the Vancouver – Sydney flight prices out for 79,100 miles.
- If you book a business flex award for more miles you can access Air Canada’s Signature Suite in Vancouver.
- If you book with Air Canada Aeroplan you can already connect not just to get to Vancouver (as you could with other Star Alliance programs, flying Air Canada or United) but also beyond Sydney flying with their partner Virgin Australia. United will be partnering with Virgin Australia, too, but that isn’t live yet.
I’ve got several Australia trips booked to visit my family and expect to be able to do so this year. And they’ve got trips booked out of the country as well.
(HT: Straight to the Points)