Wide Open Business-Class Award Space on American To Asia, Europe and South America

Aug 10, 2017

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American Airlines is widely known to offer little to no saver award availability in its premium cabins, especially in business class. Instead, most frequent flyers are forced to purchase AAnytime awards, which are almost double what you’d pay for saver awards. Today, however, it looks like American has opened up lots of business-class saver award seats on most of its international routes across Asia, Europe and South America.

Discounted flights appear to be open from now through May 2018, although dates do differ across different destinations. You’ll want to plug in your ideal departure city and destination on American’s website and then make sure you click “show full calendar” to see what days have business saver awards available.

Just make sure you’re checking what plane you’ll be flying before booking a ticket, since American’s business-class products can vary greatly. Reference our post Every American Airlines Premium Seat Ranked From Best to Worst to choose the best possible product.

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The screenshots below show the routes/month with the most availability, though other dates and routes are still available. Here are a few examples:


AA operates the Boeing 777-300ER between Los Angeles (LAX) and Hong Kong (HKG), which offers a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration in business class. On the Japan routes, AA operates either the Boeing 777-200 or the 787-8. A saver award ticket will set you back 70k AAdvantage miles instead of 120k for the AAnytime award. On certain dates, we see availability for up to six people on some of the Asian routes.

Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for 2 People in September 2017

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Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT/HND) for 2 People in January 2018

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Chicago (ORD) to Tokyo (NRT/HND) for 2 People in November 2017

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Premium cabin availability between the US and Europe has generally been decent year-round thanks to American’s partner British Airways. However, these awards come with exorbitantly high fuel surcharges, sometimes up to $1,000 round-trip. The following flights are on AA metal, so no fuel surcharges are levied. However, AA awards are still subject to UK’s Air Passenger Duty, which may still set you back a couple of hundreds when departing from a UK airport such as London Heathrow (LHR).

Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) for 2 People in November 2017

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Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) for 2 People in February 2018

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New York (JFK) to London (LHR) for 2 People in September/October 2017

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Philadelphia (PHL) to Frankfurt (FRA) for 2 People in October 2017

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South America

Flights to South America are primarily operated by AA’s wide-body Boeing 777 fleet, with the New York (JFK) to Sao Paolo (GRU) flight operated by the Boeing 777-300ER. A saver award ticket will set you back by 57.5k AAdvantage miles instead of 110k for the AAnytime award.

Miami (MIA) to Santiago (SCL) for 2 People in August/September 2017

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Miami (MIA) to Rio De Janeiro (GIG) for 2 People in May 2018

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New York (JFK) to Sao Paulo (GRU) for 2 People in March 2018

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Did you manage to book one of these saver awards? Comment below to let us know.

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