British Airways Releases 10,000 Extra Business Class Award Seats for the Holidays

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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 you can use American Airlines miles to book British Airways awards online at

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.

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  1. ‘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.’

    American and Delta are both 8 seats across in J they just handle the overlap between bodies better. Draw a line across the cabin of any of the configurations of Delta, American or BA and you’ll find space for 4 torsos and four sets of leg.

    BA may be worse but it’s not because of this.

  2. You said there are fuel surcharges in almost any currency… Is there a ffp where you can book ba without fuel surcharge?

  3. Gary-
    I booked 3 SJC-LHR business class seats using AA miles during July right in the middle of the big strike that was announced. What should I do? Sit tight and let BA figure out how to get me to London, or do you recommend I try to do something proactively…?

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