Over the past few weeks, American has announced four new routes between the US and Europe, which will launch in the spring of 2015. These include the following flights:
- A second daily Boeing 777-300ER flight between Los Angeles and London as of March 28, 2015
- A daily Boeing 757-200 flight between New York and Birmingham as of May 7, 2015
- A daily Boeing 757-200 flight between New York and Edinburgh as of May 7, 2015
- A daily Boeing 767-300 flight between Miami and Frankfurt as of May 14, 2015
New Europe flights are now bookable
Yesterday these flights finally became bookable, and as is the norm for American, premium cabin awards space was pretty tough to come by… at least initially.
All four routes didn’t have a single saver business class award seat available, though did have plenty of saver economy award seats available.
That is incredibly stingy, though that’s the norm with American award availability to Europe. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a flight between London and New York which didn’t have a single first class seat occupied only a few hours before departure, but still didn’t have a saver level first class award seat available.
The one exception to the lack of premium cabin award space was on the Los Angeles to London route. While they didn’t have a single business class award seat on the flight, through May 31, 201, every single first class seat was also bookable on miles at the saver level.
My guess is that it was an oversight, as it was pulled pretty quickly. But it’s not the first time this oversight has occurred, as American seems to quite frequently open up an insane amount of award space when they first load routes.
Los Angeles to London business class upgrade/award space
I wasn’t expecting American to make any saver business class award seats available based on historical trends, though it looks like I was wrong. American has loaded a rational amount of business class award and upgrade space on the second daily frequency between Los Angeles and London.
The space is only available through May 31, 2015, and we’re seeing up to two business class award seats and up to four confirmable business class upgrade seats per flight. There’s generally more availability from London to Los Angeles than from Los Angeles to London.
As a reminder, this route is operated by American’s 777-300ER, which features their new business class product.
American 777-300ER business class
New York to Edinburgh business class upgrade/award space
Through the end of the schedule, American is making two business class award seats and four business class upgrade seats available per flight between New York and Edinburgh. That’s quite generous, given that the flight only has 16 business class seats.
New York to Birmingham business class upgrade/award space
The situation is exactly the same as on the New York to Edinburgh flight. Through the end of the schedule, American is making two business class award seats and four business class upgrade seats available per flight between New York and Birmingham.
Miami to Frankfurt business class upgrade/award space
Much like on the Los Angeles to London route, American is only making business class award space available through May 31, 2015. Since the route only launches on May 14, 2014, that leaves about a two week window for booking these seats.
However, American only seems to be releasing one upgrade and one award seat per flight on this route, so it’s of limited use.
I wouldn’t assume this is an error, though I would act quickly, since I’m sure there will be lots of competition for these few premium cabin seats. Whether you’re looking to redeem miles, or an Executive Platinum member looking to upgrade a paid ticket with systemwide upgrades, this is a great opportunity.
Do you plan on redeeming miles for any of these new American routes?