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Update: Some readers are reporting that although these award seats appear to be available, some dates may only have “phantom” space, in which case AA may not be able to issue your ticket. Be sure to avoid making onward travel plans until you receive confirmation that your award has been ticketed.
Using American AAdvantage miles to book trips to Europe can be frustrating, especially when you’re hoping to snag a seat in business class — AA tends to have very little availability on its own metal while British Airways typically tacks on exorbitant fuel surcharges. As of right now though, we’re seeing amazing availability in Oneworld partner Finnair’s business-class cabin.
You can book awards in business class for up to six people on flights between New York (JFK) and and Helsinki (HEL) for 57,500 AAdvantage miles one-way. Seats are available through the end of the schedule on September 14, 2017. And the good news doesn’t stop there — awards booked with AAdvantage miles on Finnair flights don’t come with any fuel surcharges, so your out-of-pocket costs will be minimal.
Here are some examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Helsinki (HEL) for six passengers in business class:
Finnair’s thrice-weekly route between Miami (MIA) and Helsinki (HEL) seems to have a lot of availability for four passengers through the end of the schedule. Here’s what the calendar looks like in June 2017.
Miami (MIA) to Helsinki (HEL) for four passengers in business class:
These business-class award flights won’t last long, so if you think you can travel next summer, don’t wait! Finnair operates Airbus A330’s, which come with a business-class cabin arranged in a unique [2/1]-2-1 arrangement, meaning some seats are ‘throne’ seats offering tons of extra space.
Need more AAdvantage miles? Consider applying for the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard, which is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 AAdvantage miles after you spend $5,000 within the first three months of opening an account.
H/T: View From the Wing
Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, the 50,000 miles are worth $700. In addition, you can earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) toward elite status after spending $40,000 in a calendar year. As of July 23, 2017 this is the only card that offers Admirals Club lounge access so if you are an AA flyer this card might make sense for you. Aside from lounge access the primary cardholder will receive a Global Entry application fee credit every 5 years, first checked bag free for up to 8 travel companions on domestic itineraries and a 25% discount on eligible in-flight purchases on American Airlines flights.
- Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
- Admirals Club® membership for you and guests with you*
- Complimentary Admirals Club® lounge access for authorized users
- Earn 10,000 AAdvantage® Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) after you spend $40,000 in purchases within the year*
- No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases*
- Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on other purchases*
- First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to eight companions traveling with you on the same reservation*