A couple of weeks ago, immediately after US Airways transitioned to using American’s fare class codes, the floodgates opened on US Airways international awards in business class.
Krystyna F points out to me that US Airways transatlantic business class space is again very very good.
Not quite what it was a few weeks ago, most dates on most routes with a whole cabin wide open. But still excellent for summer travel.
- You can use US Airways or American miles, and not pay fuel surcharges. Using American miles across the Atlantic in business class without fuel surcharges has been a real challenge the past couple of years.
- You can use British Airways points prior to the April 28 Aviosgeddon.
Here are some samples of what I’m seeing — in all cases business class for 2 people, with blue showing availability.
Here’s Charlotte-Madrid, you can catch a US Airways domestic flight to Charlotte and from Madrid you can reach plenty of destinations beyond using oneworld ariline Iberia.
Philadephia – Zurich allows you to fly from many cities to the US Airways hub in Philly.
Want a real gem, non-stop availability from the US to somewhere really difficult to reach on points? How about Philadelphia – Tel Aviv?
The ‘special availability’ condition appears to dry up on many routes come the end of summer and early fall, for instance a search of Philadelphia-Munich after peak availability looks like… what we often see from US Airways:
Search those summer Europe award trips using American, US Airways, and British Airways (and other partner or oneworld miles) while the getting is good, because availability this good won’t last.
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