Finding American Airlines business class saver award space is nearly impossible. It generally goes in spurts, with seats released and then they’re gone 24-48 hours later.
There are partner options, but:
- American’s primary transatlantic partner British Airways has better award availability, but draconian fuel surcharges make that ‘free ticket’ cost nearly $1000.
- Finnair sometimes shows business class space New York JFK – Helsinki on AA.com but more often than not that’s phantom availability.
- Iberia opens a couple of seats usually when their schedule opens, but then becomes sparse.
- And with air berlin imploding, bookings more than a few months out are highly uncertain.
So when you find American Airlines business class saver award space, you grab it. Remember that American will let you put awards on a 5 day hold without ticketing, even without all the miles in your account yet. And of course if you do have to ticket, and don’t get free changes as a top tier elite, you can wait for a material schedule change and get a free refund or know this secret to save hundreds of dollars when cancelling.
Right now there’s really good availability on American’s New York JFK – Barcelona flight, especially in the winter months. Here’s 2 passengers in business class for that non-stop:
Two other go-to routes always worth checking are Miami – Paris:
And Dallas – Frankfurt.
Neither of those provides the same connectivity in Europe that Barcelona does. And neither Dallas nor Miami have new Flagship lounges open yet which offer upgraded ground experience for business class passengers who aren’t Executive Platinum members, while New York JFK’s new Flagship Lounge is open.
All three routes are service by American’s Boeing 777-200s. Here’s a complete rundown of the 777-200 fleet which has two different business class seats.
Concept D Business Class
Super Diamond Business Class