American Has Opened Lots Of Business Class Award Space To Europe For You And Your Entire Family…Here’s How To Save 31% Off American’s Rates

American’s saver award availability is much stingier than United’s, though it’s much more generous than Delta’s. American is especially stingy in business and first class, so it’s newsworthy when things open up.

Last year they opened up business class space to Tel Aviv and I flew with my extended family to Israel on miles. Unfortunately American no longer flies to Israel.

Currently there’s excellent availability to Europe for travel on limited dates in November/December and many more dates from January-March.

American now charges 115K miles round-trip for these awards, but there are better ways to book.

This post details the cost in miles for every Oneworld destination from NYC and whether the airline tacks on a fuel surcharge.

View other ways to book and sample routes with amazing business class saver award space after the jump:

BA charges 120K round-trip and tacks on fuel surcharges, so that would be a terrible use of Avios.

Alaska charges 100K round-trip and has no fuel surcharges.

But the clear winner is Cathay Pacific Asia Miles at just 80K round-trip and no fuel surcharges. You can transfer points from AMEX, Citi, or Starwood to Asia Miles, but the main caveat is that transfers aren’t instant. It can take a day for AMEX or Citi points to reach Asia Miles.

Cathay Pacific doesn’t allow award holds for partner travel. You are able to hold an award on for up to 5 days though. Usually when you cancel an award it will go back into inventory, but there’s no guarantee of that.

Cathay Pacific allows you to travel up to 10K flown miles for 45K miles in coach, 80K miles in business class, or 120K miles in first class, so that works for most flights from the US to Europe except for the west coast. For a flight from Los Angeles-London (which also has good availability right now) you can use 100K Alaska miles or 115K AA miles in business class (it would be 120K with Asia Miles).

I just held an award on from Chicago to London for 5 passengers over our kids’ winter break, though I’m not sure that London is the ideal place to spend a winter break. Besides, we’re still traumatized from last year’s experience on American

To search for American flights only (in order to exclude BA flights with $1,000+ fuel surcharges) click on Advanced Search and then switch from AA+AAdvantage Participating Airlines to American Airlines and American Eagle only:




















Grab the 77W if you can for the best business class in AAs fleet:





















Sample award search for 4 passengers from Chicago-London (AA flights only, toggled to non-stop flights only)






















Sample award search for 4 passengers from JFK-Milan (AA flights only, toggled to non-stop flights only)




















Sample award search for 4 passengers from JFK-Paris (AA flights only, toggled to non-stop flights only)






















Sample award search for 4 passengers from JFK-Zurich (AA flights only, toggled to non-stop flights only)























Sample award search for 4 passengers from Philadelphia-London (AA flights only, toggled to non-stop flights only)




















Will you burn your miles for a trip to Europe this winter?

HT: Gary

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16 Responses to “American Has Opened Lots Of Business Class Award Space To Europe For You And Your Entire Family…Here’s How To Save 31% Off American’s Rates”

  1. Hakaras Hatov Says:

    Thanks Dan!

  2. Spill the beans Says:


  3. Yaacov Says:

    What about short haul flights on BA?
    Finding a BA Milaeage ticket LAX – JFK is a rarity.

    Has that opened as well?

  4. zow Says:

    Booked five tickets? Who’s the lucky babysitter?

  5. Dan Says:

    Search for the calendar.

    I’ve got 5 younger brothers 🙂
    But it’s just a hold anyway.

  6. Joe4007 Says:

    Or EY for 77K Amex until 06/15.

  7. Dan Says:

    Good point, though EY reps seem particularly clueless.
    Were you able to actually book an AA award without YQ with them?

  8. Joe4007 Says:

    Nops. Haven’t tried. Although after finally getting a GOL booking done with them I can attest to some of them being particularly clueless.

  9. AA Miles = Garbage Says:

    I wonder why companies have loyalty programs when the don’t let you use the points. I spent hours on searching award flights Domestic and Europe. The award availability is next to none.

  10. itsyehuda Says:

    One thing to consider is that Cathay doesn’t always see AA availability, even if other One World partners can see it.

    I’ve had multiple experiences with this phenomenon.

  11. Dan Says:

    @AA Miles = Garbage:
    It is pretty pathetic that this post exists. No such issue with United.

    Usually just incompetent reps.
    If you feed them the exact flight number it usually works. Otherwise, HUCA.

  12. srulyP Says:

    How do you toggle to only see AA metal? Its so annoying to search as most NS is always on BA with crazy fuel surcharges.

  13. motti Says:

    I’ve just joined Asia Miles. How do I book flights jfk to Europe? they tell me to use their airline partners. how do I use the asia miles? thanks for all your important information

  14. Shlomo Says:

    What is the cheapest mileage option going to Brazil?


  15. Dan Says:

    See the screenshot in this post.

    You need to call them to book.
    They can book anything you see at the saver level on


  16. Anonymous Says:

    @Dan: Rep after rep, manager, callback.

    So weird.

    I lectured them about how alliances work for hours.

    Got nowhere.


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