United partner and Star Alliance member Austrian Airlines has opened the flood gates with business class award space between North America and their hub in Vienna.
In fact there are 8 or more business class seats available on most flights from a variety of cities right now! (There’s coach space, also.)
Vienna Hofburg Imperial Palace at night, Copyright tomas1111 / 123RF Stock Photo
Here’s Chicago – Vienna next summer. Dates with dots have business class space for at least 8 passengers. Dates with a solid bar have economy space.
Here’s Washington Dulles – Vienna next summer. It’s equally plentiful.
Here’s New York JFK – Vienna.
Other gateways work as well. The best availability is over the summer but there’s plenty of space at other times over the next year as well. Remember, these calendars are only showing you dates where there are at least 8 award seats open. Other dates may be available as well with fewer than 8 seats.
Austrian Airlines flies from Vienna to the following North American cities:
- New York JFK
- Washington Dulles
Vienna is great in its own right. You can’t quite do it in a night, or as quickly as you might walk Amsterdam, but you can see highlights on a Before Sunrise tour. (If the video below doesn’t show a preview, just hit play.)
You may not have any interest in Vienna, but you should have interest in these award seats. You can fly beyond to other destinations in Europe or even Asia.
- United MileagePlus: 70,000 miles each way. Chase points transfer to United.
- Aeroplan: 55,000 miles each way (although if you connect to ‘Europe 2’ the price goes to 57,500). American Express points transfer to Aeroplan, but fuel surcharges are added.
- Avianca LifeMiles: 63,000 miles each way.
Austrian offers a fully flat business class product, with some of the best business class catering in the sky. Here are the basics of Austrian’s business class: