US Airways cuts off-peak business class awards to Europe with no advance notice

I’ve written in the past about US Airways’ off-peak awards to Europe, which are one of the best values in the airline industry. For travel in the off season, a US to Europe award costs just 35,000 miles in coach or 60,000 miles in business class. Beyond that, if you have the US Airways Mastercard you get a further 5,000 mile discount, making roundtrip business class to Europe just 55,000 miles. Now, the dates are limited (January 15-February 28), but if you could take advantage of it, it’s an unbeatable value, especially since US Airways has fully flat Envoy Suites on many of their transatlantic routes.

Well, it seems that US Airways has eliminated this award in business class:

I’m not sure whether it’s worse that they didn’t provide any advance notice, or the fact that when they made the change they didn’t make any sort of an announcement, but rather just quietly updated the award chart.

There are some other minor adjustments to the award chart (three cabin first class to Hawaii going from 70,000 miles to 80,000 miles, Alaska being split out as a separate destination with different pricing at the “medium” and “high” level, etc.)

So this is truly puzzling to me, and believe it or not, I actually think maybe we’re supposed to be happy about this. I’ve been expecting a massive devaluation of the US Airways award chart for a while (in particular the 90,000 mile business class award between the US to North Asia), so if these changes were made, does that mean everything else is spared for now? If so, this might just be good news. Or is this just the start of more that’s on the way?

Typically during mergers devaluing the award chart isn’t at the top of their list of things to do, so maybe this is it… for now?

(Tip of the hat to The Wandering Aramean)

Filed Under: Awards, US Airways
  1. I took time off from work next week as did my girlfriend. I was trying to book our tickets and they turned to mush!

    Now we don’t have enough miles to go!!! How could they do this? Couldn’t they wait until March 1?

  2. US Airways sucks, they always sucked and they will always such. Such a shame that AA is even considering a merger with that woeful airline.

  3. A quick noob question. I am flying to BOM (india) with a 5 day stopover in JED. I was expecting 120k miles required for 1 return ticket in Biz class. Is there anything changed for my plan with this revised redemption rules?

  4. Those much ballyhooed awards were rare as hens teeth. I looked for 2 yrs, for almost any destination and almost any dates — never saw a darn thing available.

  5. @ dale m — If planning far in advance I actually found availability to be quite good. Just didn’t find very much space within a few months of departure, unfortunately.

  6. this sucks…i saved up US Airways for next FEb…was waiting another month to start booking…oh wells 90K to Asia here we come!

  7. Interesting because AA also doesn’t offer Off Peak Business Awards, but does offer 40,000 Economy Awards…

  8. @ TG — I could be mistaken, though I believe they’ve raised the cost of Star Alliance awards to Hawaii in first class from 70,000 miles to 80,000 miles.

  9. I was pretty sad about this news. I’m taking advantage of the 55k mile off-peak award to go to CDG next week, and was really hoping it’d be around next year as well.

  10. I’m not sure if it was by luck, but yesterday I was able to book off-peak business class (Envoy) for only 30,000 miles for one-way and the other way in 17,500 miles for Economy class. 47,500 – 5,000 = 42,500 with US Air Mastercard discount! (booked through phone rep)

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