Award Availability Alert: American First Class To London!

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Earlier today I wrote about how American had plenty of first class award availability on their flights to Hong Kong, out of both Dallas and Los Angeles. Given how stingy American is with award availability nowadays, that was pretty rare. American does have a history of releasing award seats in spurts, where we see them make a bunch of space available at once, and then they don’t release more space for a while.

Well, it looks like American’s plentiful first class award availability isn’t just limited to Hong Kong. As noted by Rufuss in the comments section on the previous post, American also has a good amount of first class award availability to/from London through the end of May. No, this doesn’t cover travel in summer, and it’s not like all eight first class seats are available as awards on each flight, though availability is much better than usual.

American’s 777-300ER first class

For example, here’s what availability is like on the nonstop flight from Los Angeles to London this spring, which is often one of the toughest flights on which to score an award (and many of those dates have two first class award seats available as well):

In terms of booking this, you could redeem 85,000 Alaska Mileage Plan or American AAdvantage miles for the one-way ticket. If booking through American AAdvantage you can also place your ticket on a five day courtesy hold. Furthermore, through American you could include connecting flights on British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, etc., to other destinations in Europe.

The real sweet spot is booking through Etihad Guest, if you can. They charge just 62,500 miles for such a ticket. The catch is that you need to book by phone with them, and they don’t always have access to all of American’s award space, so you’ll want to call to inquire before transferring any points.

Etihad Guest is transfer partners with Amex Membership RewardsCiti ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest.

Hopefully some of you can take advantage of this excellent award availability!

  1. This also opens up a ton of options to connect onward to Europe, the Middle East, etc., without having to pay crazy fuel surcharges on BA as would usually be required.

  2. I can’t imagine that it’s so much better than the lie-flat herringbone J on the 77W that it’s worth the points premium, 57.5k up to 85k.

  3. would be very hesitant to use etihad guest to book (unless you already have the points with them)…phone agent experience is inconsistent as are point transfer times. don’t throw transferable points into that program .

  4. I’m interested in the new Casper bedding for 77W international first class. Has anyone seen a review with the new bedding in it?

  5. They also dumped a bunch of space in J today on the MIA-LHR flight through the winter months.

  6. I usually just read, and was able to book this ticket with Etihad guest, so thank you! Also while i was prepared to pay 62.5k, the agent quoted and issued a ticket from LAX -> LHR in first for 50k. Was able to confirm seats on AA too. Anyone else get quoted for 50k as opposed to 62.5k?

  7. AA is stingy period when trying to book on AA metal TATL to avoid BA surcharges. I wouldn’t pony up 85K AA miles for AA F. Before devaluation just for grins I cashed in 62k or whatever it was miles to fly AA F TATL, albeit in the old F seat. So I checked that off the list.

  8. I am planning for a europe trip and I now see two options thanks to this post 🙂
    Use Etihad guest points to book AA operated flights to LHR/CDG (AA shows availability)
    Use ANA points to book UA operated flights to LHR/CDG (with 1 free intra-europe flight). UA shows availability of saver award. I do have a need to book one intra-europe flight too.

    What would be my best option? We are family of 4.
    I have enough points in Amex so I can transfer it to either Etihad or Ana… With Etihad, I will use less points for US-Europe flight compared to Ana/UA combination…
    Which option will have less fuel surcharge?

  9. Found Business MileSAAver for Venice!
    Thanks for the head’s up!
    Booking dates April 25 – May 1.

  10. Seems like May 19 is too late. Already hold two IB J seats but prefer the 77W even going through LHR

  11. am i missing something? why not mention that you can book with asia miles 120k round trip?!

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