Last week I wrote that American Lets Planes Go Out Mostly Empty Rather Than Letting Members Book Awards. Despite American’s new Los Angeles – Sydney flights going out mostly empty — 3/4ths empty in business class for instance, hours before flight — the airline wasn’t releasing any saver awards. Either day-of, or at any time over the course of the entire 331 day schedule. The premium cbains were going out full, occupied by nonrev travelers.
All of a sudden, with American’s revenue management folks back in the office, they’ve released some business and first class award space between now and the end of February, at least two seats per cabin per flight when available. Some dates have 4 first and 6 business class award seats.
Here’s what business class availability looks like for the most immediate flights:
And here’s February — available seats for Tuesday and Saturday departures.
First class is available, too, right away.
In fact throughout January:
Get your award seats now! The route is serviced by a Boeing 777-300ER which means business class seats are better than on Qantas, American offers inflight wifi, and this route gets an improved meal service as well (and matching Qantas, pajamas in business class).
First class receives American’s Five Star service. And on the inaugural flight December 17 American served the best wine any carrier has offered in the air (others have offered Grange before). Right now in first class I recommend the McLaren Value 2011 d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz.