Holy Smokes: 6+ Business Class Award Seats West Coast – Europe Almost Every Day Spring/Summer

Last night I wrote about Austrian’s new flight between Vienna and Los Angeles.

Austrian is a Star Alliance airline, you can use miles with United, Aeroplan, ANA, LifeMiles, and many other programs to book awards to and through Vienna to most places you’d want to go in Europe and even Asia.

And I shared that there were days after this new flight goes into the schedule April 10 where there are 6 or more business class seats available. Most dates weren’t showing up for United, though, although they were bookable by some Star Alliance partners.

Reader thesilb commented that all available dates are now bookable at United.com.

Its all showing on UA now. Was able to book 6x business return Vienna-LAX-SFO. Thanks Gary!!

And indeed most days that the flight operates have six or more business class seats available — that’s April 10 through end of schedule.

It’s rare to see so much availability on a single flight, and doubly so when it’s a flight from the West Coast to Europe – there are fewer West Coast flights and those tend to be in greater demand.

But see anything funny above? A great reminder that the United.com award calendar is imperfect. I’ve checked to only show non-stop availability, and the Austrian non-stop doesn’t actually start until April 6 yet the calendar shows awards open earlier in the month. Click on one of those dates to make the calendar properly update.

There, that’s better, you see availability only on the days Austrian is actually operating the flight. And a good reminder about United.com functionality.

The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200 five times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and then will go six times weekly June 12 (Monday through Saturday).

    Los Angeles – Vienna, 3:50pm – 12:00pm+1, Austrian OS82
    Vienna – Los Angeles, 10:00am – 1:30pm, Austrian OS81

Book with:

  • 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:

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. How easy is it to use Singapore miles for an Austrian flight? Any pitfalls there? I have a tone of citi typ and maybe it’s a good way to use them, what do you think?

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