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Business travel dries up over the holidays. British Airways has inordinately large premium cabins.
So there are plenty of unsold seats.
These are often discounted for paid tickets, and made available as awards. They’re highlighting that their inventory management folks have dumped extra seats six months out, as is common.
From 13 June 2017 an additional 10,000 seats in our business class cabin are now available when you book long haul flights for travel between 18 December 2017 and 5 January 2018.
Wherever you chose to go, you now have the chance to get there and back in style.
Of course, British Airways business class isn’t a great product. Seats are fully flat, but they squeeze 8 seats across in a Boeing 777 compared to just four on American and Delta.
And British Airways business class awards come with fuel surcharges using almost any frequent flyer currency in the world. That means taxes and fees on a transatlantic roundtrip booking can approach $1000 (although lower if you book two one ways instead of a round trip).
You can use British Airways Avios to book and the British Airways Visa Signature® Card lets you earn up to a total of 100,000 British Airways Avios. (And you can transfer points 1:1 into British Airways from a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.)
You can use American Airlines miles to book British Airways awards online at aa.com. The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ MasterCard® has an offer for a limited time to earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. This is the biggest public offer ever for this card.
Alaska Airlines miles work, so do Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles (transferrable from American Express Membership Rewards and from Citi ThankYou Rewards), along with other oneworld frequent flyer programs.
Award space around the holidays is a good thing — even when it’s an average product and involves a cash outlay.