MileCards pointed out that there’s strong, or at least reasonable, business class award space flying United from Washington Dulles and Chicago to Europe this summer for four passengers.
I thought I’d highlight a couple of routes, and add that while Star Alliance miles (United, LifeMiles, Aeroplan, etc) may be strong for Europe this summer oneworld (such as American) could be your family’s ticket to Europe over the holidays.
United has availability Washington Dulles – Paris, green dates have at least 4 business class awards. United charges 115,000 miles roundtrip when flying their own aircraft in business class. Aeroplan – an American Express transfer partner — charges 55,000 each way (110,000 roundtrip) for US – Nearer Europe and with no fuel surcharges flying United.
Here’s Dulles – Rome for four passengers over the summer.
Here’s (4) passengers, business class, flying American New York – Paris. Note that even after American’s devaluation business class remains 115,000 miles roundtrip and there are no fuel surcharges flying American.
Chicago – Paris is available for four passengers in December as well.
So is Los Angeles – London, which is operated by Boeing 777-300ERs which is my favorite American business class.
Right now it looks like United, Aeroplan or LifeMiles for summer trips and American AAdvantage for Winter if you’ve got your eye on bringing (or sending) the family to Europe.