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