Reader L.B.K. emails,
Have you ever seen that much award space on 1 flight [British Airways, London – Boston]? 8 in [business and] 7 in [first class] on the same flight. Also lots of space in early January to all other BA locations in [North America].
To illustrate this I ran a quick search for 4 business class seats, January 4-14, for London – New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Boston.
These dates have at least four business class seats on the noted routes (some cities with more than a single flight a day offering these seats).
It’s worth noting that there’s both business and first class seats broadly available — and not just to these cities. For instance, I saw a ton of first class space on the London – Houston route.
I didn’t see as much space London – DC, Miami, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.
But the point remains that there’s an amazing amount of British Airways award availability out there. There are flights that have both as many as 7 first class and 8 business class award seats. On the same flight.
To be sure, you’re going to pay fuel surcharges to book British Airways awards — whether you’re using British Airways points, American miles, or Alaska Airlines miles. And those can total ~ $450 each way per passenger.
- British Airways: London – Boston, New York, or Chicago are under 4000 miles so 60,000 miles each way in business class (80,000 in first). Farther distances in the US are 75,000 miles each way in business (100,000 in first). Connectin flights not included.
- American: US-Europe is 50,000 miles each way in business class, 62,500 in first class.
- Alaska: US-Europe is 60,000 miles each way in business class, 70,000 in first class. US domestic connections on Alaska Airlines only.
But if you’re looking for lots of premium seats on the same flights, and you’re willing to view it as:
- The fuel surcharge being a discount economy fare that earns no miles
- With a confirmed double upgrade to business class or triple upgrade to first class
.. then it’s still a phenomenal deal (albeit not a deal for everyone).