Finding premium cabin award seats between the U.S. and Australia can be extremely difficult, in particular in the high season. While we sometimes see a decent amount of space in the off season, it’s very rare to see saver level premium cabin space in December, etc.
Well, at the moment American has a lot of business class award availability between Los Angeles and Sydney.
The space seems to be available starting in November through the end of the schedule, which as of now runs through December 13, 2017. Many dates have up to five business class award seats available. For example, here’s what availability looks like for two business class award seats for the last month of the schedule:
The best way to book this award is through American AAdvantage or Alaska Mileage Plan — both charge 80,000 miles for a one-way business class ticket.
Keep in mind that American allows five day award holds, so you can put a ticket on hold now if you’re still working on locking in dates.
For those with systemwide upgrades, unfortunately it looks like there’s not any confirmable upgrade availability on these flights. Typically upgrade availability is at least as good as award availability, but that’s not the case here.
This route is operated by American’s flagship 777-300ER, which features reverse herringbone seats in business class, Wi-Fi, and even American’s enhanced service, which includes pajamas and mattress pads in business class. This is a very nice way to fly across the Pacific.
Hurry, as this availability won’t last!
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)