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US Airways is in the process of refurbishing their Airbus 330 aircraft and installing sleeper suites, which look really nice. I’ve flown their regular Envoy class on these planes and it’s always been “decent.” What’s “amazing” about US Airways is their off-peak Envoy awards. Every year I use a measly 60,000 US miles to fly Envoy class to Europe to visit friends in Madrid, which I think is a spectacular deal, especially since I racked up over 200,000 with US Airways’ Grand Slam promo.
Here’s the tip – on the unfurbished A330-300s (the ones that have 5 rows of 2x2x2 seating) and whose coach cabin ends in row 39 with 3 seats in the middle), their row 1 in Envoy are special sleeper suites that used to be marketed as international first class. For the past 5+ years, you’ve had to pay an extra $300 per flight to upgrade to them. They are no longer on the cutting edge of premium seats, but they are much nicer (in my opinion) than the regular outdated Envoy seats. So on my flights today, I was able to select row one seats for free.
Not a bad deal and I would have never known if I didn’t randomly check my reservations today because I got a phone call about a 2 minute schedule change. Either way, thanks US Airways – I’ll enjoy my lie flat sleeper seat on my 60,000 mile award!