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United doesn’t make very much business class award space availability on its longest flights or its flights operated with its new Polaris seats. Business class awards between the US and Tel Aviv, especially non-stop from the West Coast, are very much a unicorn.
Here’s an award calendar showing award space for nine or more passengers on United’s San Francisco –
Tel Aviv non-stop. Solid line dates show economy award space. Dotted lines are dates where business class is available.
There are dates, albeit not as many, with 9 or more business class award seats on the same flight in the other direction Tel Aviv – San Francisco.
It’s worth noting that this availability shows up at united.com when I’m not logged in, this is availability for anyone and not just for United elites or co-brand cardholders.
United replaces their 787 with a Boeing 777-300ER with Polaris business class seats May 23 (to Israel, May 25 return) meaning a huge increase in seats between the two cities. Excellent award availability starts in July.
United charges 75,000 miles each way for business class, 42,500 miles each way for economy. Points transfer instantly from the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card.
You can also book with miles in other Star Alliance programs like Aeroplan (instant transfers from American Express) and LifeMiles.
(HT: Dan’s Deals)