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Book a last-minute trip to Europe with LOT Polish Airlines business-class award space

July 14, 2022
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Although we're halfway through July, it's not too late for a summer trip to Europe.

Many of us have already requalified for our airline statuses, so it's the perfect time to break away from the "hamster wheel" and finally redeem some of those hard-earned miles.

LOT Polish Airlines has widespread business-class awards available, even during peak times this summer. As LOT is a Star Alliance member, you can book these seats using a number of points currencies, including United MileagePlus, Air Canada Aeroplan and Avianca LifeMiles. For the lowest award rates, I suggest checking out our guide on Star Alliance award tickets.

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Because LOT flies to more than 100 destinations, know that you can transit on to a number of destinations throughout Europe, including France, Italy and Greece, after flying into Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW), John Paul II Kraków-Balice International Airport (KRK) or Budapest Airport (BUD).

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Deal basics

The pre-pandemic dessert cart in LOT Polish's business class. (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Airline: LOT Polish Airlines.

Routes: New York City, Newark and Chicago to Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, and Budapest, Hungary, plus other destinations in Europe via connections.

How to book: With your preferred Star Alliance currency.

Travel dates: July through November 2022.

Sample flights

  • New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Budapest Airport for 63,000 LifeMiles, 70,000 Aeroplan miles or 80,500 MileagePlus miles.
  • Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to John Paul II Kraków-Balice International Airport for 63,000 LifeMiles, 70,000 Aeroplan miles or 77,000 MileagePlus miles.
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Warsaw Chopin Airport for 63,000 LifeMiles, 70,000 Aeroplan miles or 80,500 MileagePlus miles.
(Screenshot from lifemiles.com)

On all of these itineraries, the taxes and fees fall below $50 per person one-way.

Between Aeroplan, LifeMiles and MileagePlus, Avianca LifeMiles offers the lowest award rates. You can transfer credit card points to LifeMiles from every major transferable points program, with the exception of Chase Ultimate Rewards. In other words, you can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Another option would be to buy Avianca miles, which can currently be done with a 145% bonus.

(Screenshot from lifemiles.com)

This promotion effectively allows you to purchase 127,400 LifeMiles for $1,716, which is enough for a round-trip business-class award.

The same seat would cost $4,237 using cash.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

Related: Flying a month-old Dreamliner: LOT Polish’s business class on the 787-9

Bottom line

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

With LOT's widespread business-class space during peak travel dates, updated fleet and expansive network throughout Europe, now is the time to lock in an award flight.

While LOT doesn't operate the most modern transatlantic business-class hard product out there, TPG points and miles editor Andrew Kunesh has had positive experiences traveling with the carrier. Kunesh has often found the service and catering on board to be excellent, especially in business class.

Even if you don't have enough miles, now's a great time to get to Europe by taking advantage of the current Avianca LifeMiles sale.

Featured image by (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases