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If you have American AAdvantage miles burning a hole in your pocket thanks to the recent deals on the American AAdvantage credit card, there’s nothing more disappointing than trying to book a ticket to Europe or beyond and only finding flights with $700+ surcharges on British Airways.
We have a rundown of where to look for award space that doesn’t have fuel surcharges here.
But to make it even easier, MileCards.com has reviewed the schedules of American and its OneWorld partners to find all the routes from North America to Europe and the Middle East that let you avoid British Airways flights.
You can see the list of 85 routes below.
With the exception of Iberia you’ll avoid fuel surcharges altogether, and with Iberia the charges are much less than if you used British Airways to cross the Atlantic.
|Boston||Madrid||Iberia||Daily April - Septmber, 2 days / week in October|
|Boston||Paris||AA||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun until 8/17|
|Charlotte||Barcelona||US||Daily until 10/24|
|Charlotte||Brussels||US||Daily until 9/1|
|Charlotte||Dublin||US||6-7 days until 10/24|
|Charlotte||Lisbon||US||Daily until 9/28|
|Charlotte||Manchester||US||Daily until 9/2|
|Chicago||Amman||Royal Jordanian||Daily until 9/10, then 5-6 days / week|
|Chicago||Berlin||Air Berlin||Daily until 10/24, then Tue, Thu, Sat|
|Chicago||Dusseldorf||AA||Daily until 10/25, resumes 3/29|
|Chicago||Helsinki||AA||Daily through 8/17|
|Chicago||Manchester||AA||Daily until 1/6, resumes 3/29|
|Dallas-Fort Worth||Abu Dhabi||Etihad||Wed, Fri, Sun starting 12/3|
|Detroit||Amman||Royal Jordanian||2-3 days / week|
|Fort Myers||Dusseldorf||Air Berlin||Tue, Thu, Sat|
|Los Angeles||Abu Dhabi||Etihad||Daily|
|Los Angeles||Dusseldorf||Air Berlin||Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun until 11/1|
|Los Angeles||Madrid||Iberia||Daily until 9/5, then 3 days until 10/24|
|Los Angeles||Paris||Air Tahiti Nui||5-6 days / week|
|Miami||Doha||Qatar||Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun|
|Miami||Frankfurt||American||Daily starting May 14|
|Miami||Helsinki||Finnair||Tue, Thu, Sat 12/16 - 3/21|
|New York - JFK||Abu Dhabi||Etihad||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Amman||Royal Jordanian||Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun|
|New York - JFK||Barcelona||AA, Iberia||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Berlin||Air Berlin||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Birmingham||AA||Daily starting May 7|
|New York - JFK||Doha||Qatar||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Dublin||AA||Daily until 10/23, resumes 3/29|
|New York - JFK||Dusseldorf||Air Berlin||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Edinburgh||AA||Daily starting May 7|
|New York - JFK||Frankfurt||AA||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Helsinki||Finnair||Daily|
|New York - JFK||London||AA||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Madrid||AA, Iberia||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Manchester||AA||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Milan||AA||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Milan||AA||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Paris||AA||Daily|
|New York - JFK||Rome||AA||Daily until 10/23|
|New York - JFK||Zurich||AA||Daily|
|Philadelphia||Athens||US||Daily until 8/17 (6 days / week 8/18 - 9/28)|
|Philadelphia||Barcelona||US||Daily until 3/5, resumes 3/29|
|Philadelphia||Brussels||US||Daily in summer, then 6 days / week|
|Philadelphia||Edinburgh||US||Daily until 9/8|
|Philadelphia||Glasgow||US||Daily until 10/5|
|Philadelphia||Lisbon||US||Daily until 10/6|
|Philadelphia||Rome||US||Daily until 2/5, resumes 3/5|
|Philadelphia||Shannon||US||Daily until 9/1|
|Philadelphia||Venice||US||Daily until 10/12|
|Philadelphia||Zurich||US||Daily until 10/25, resumes 4/14|
|San Francisco||Abu Dhabi||Etihad||Daily starting 11/18|
|Toronto||Helsinki||Finnair||Tue, Fri, Sun until 9/21|
How can this help me?
The hardest part about American miles is finding space on flights across the Atlantic that aren’t on British Airways.
So if what you find first on AA.com doesn’t work for you, try looking for segments on the partners above individually until you find one that does work. Then, work backward to find flights that will connect to and from that flight.
And there’s no need to entirely avoid British Airways. For connecting flights within Europe the surcharges are much more reasonable than on long haul flights.
Can I go via the Middle East?
The Gulf carriers Etihad, Qatar, and Royal Jordanian are tempting options to get across the Atlantic.
But you can’t travel to Europe or Asia via the Middle East on one award ticket. Instead you’ll be charged for two separate award flights, which often isn’t worth it.
You can travel to Africa via the Middle East as long as you’re flying Qatar Airways via Doha, which is a really useful option given British Airways is the only real alternative.
In addition, Qatar needs to publish a fare from your origin to your destination. For example, flying Qatar Airways from Los Angeles to Johannesburg, South Africa, you’ll have to make sure Qatar sells tickets with that route.
Usually that’s only an issue if you’re trying to add connecting flights from smaller cities like Oakland or San Diego that aren’t gateways. The solution is to find your way to the gateway city another way.
What about next summer?
Many of US Airways and American’s routes to Europe are seasonal, operated only during the summer months.
While you can now book flights for next summer, these routes aren’t yet in the system as the airlines typically don’t decide whether to bring those flights back until early next year.
The good news is American lets you change the date of award tickets for free up to 21 days prior to departure, so if a better route opens up to your destination, like one of these seasonal routes, you can switch to it then.
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