Between May 5 and July 4 there are six or more first class award seats available most dates from Miami to Milan on American Airlines.
This makes sense. American has made first class award space available in the months leading up to a change of aircraft away from an old configuration Boeing 777-200 (which offers first class) to either a reconfigured plane or another aircraft type with no first class cabin. American is switching this flight from a 777-200 to a Boeing 767-300.
I really like American’s old first class, as dated as it is. There are lots of seats so it used to be easy to get. There’s plenty of space though not much privacy. It swivels.
They offer pajamas and travel comes with Flagship lounge access and dining if you’re flying from or through an airport which offers it. Flagship check-in as well. (While there’s no flagship lounge or dining in Miami at this point, but if you originate in New York, LA, Chicago or Dallas you’ll have an extra amenity.)
The only real risk is that American swaps the aircraft before they’re currently planning to do so. Normally I wouldn’t much mind — for instance I was scheduled to fly old first class Dallas – Paris and they swapped the plane early for a Boeing 787-9. That just meant I got miles back. But in this case I’m not a fan of the business class seat on the 767. It’s four-across, fully flat with direct aisle access but the Thompson Vantage seats are narrow.
Oddly this availability is one way only, there’s not first class availability for Milan to Miami so you’ll need to find a different way back to the States.
(HT: les zuckerman)