West Coast to Europe Awards Wide Open in Business Next Summer
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Sure, it might seem a little early to start thinking about your summer 2016 Euro trip, but when there’s business-class award seats available during peak season, it’s worth planning far in advance. And that appears to be the case today. Thanks to British Airways’ recently announced service from San Jose, CA (SJC) to London, there’s currently fantastic availability on this new transatlantic Dreamliner flight from the West Coast.
Of course, since this flight is operated by British Airways, you’re going to pay sky-high surcharges even if you book using your AAdvantage miles.
Two business-class seats are available beginning in May 2016 (the flight launches May 4) through the end of the schedule next summer. You can book for July or early August now, with AAdvantage awards priced at 50,000 miles each way in business and 30,000 miles in coach. Note that while BA does offer a first-class cabin on this flight, first-class awards aren’t currently available.
A round-trip flight to London will run you 100,000 AAdvantage miles in Club World (business) plus a whopping $1,263 in taxes and fees. Meanwhile, a paid business-class fare costs $4,416, giving you a redemption value of 3.2 cents per mile (which isn’t bad). You can also save a couple hundred dollars in fees by continuing on to another destination in Europe — intra-Europe award availability is fantastic, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding flights to your preferred destination.
If you’re short on AAdvantage miles, you can transfer SPG Starpoints at a rate of 20,000 points to 30,000 miles through the end of the month, though transfers often take several days to process. AA offers free holds on awards if you call to book, for up to 5 days depending on the carrier, so if you’re not sure you’re able to fly just yet, call in now to put the flight on hold.
If you’re thinking about spending some time in the UK or beyond next summer (and you’d like to fly business class), you could do a lot worse — this is a pretty solid redemption on a very nice plane.
H/T: One Mile at a Time