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Getting to Europe from the West Coast during the summer in Business Class is usually one of the toughest awards to score.
There aren’t a lot of nonstop flights, and when there are, award space is scarce.
But next summer there are more routes from the West Coast to Europe than we’ve seen in many years, and that’s making the award space picture look pretty good if you have the right miles.
While there’s little to nothing with American AAdvantage miles, United MileagePlus has some great options thanks to its Star Alliance partners.
Case in point, Swiss Airlines, which runs nonstops from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Zurich.
They’ve opened up lots of award space in Business Class during the summer.
Here’s space for 2 people from San Francisco to Zurich. Dates with dotted lines have space available.
There are even many dates with space for 6 people at once…
Coming back there’s not much space to San Francisco, but there’s plenty of space to Los Angeles, which is equally accessible up and down the West Coast.
Swiss Business Class isn’t the most luxurious around. Not every seat has direct aisle access, but it’s functional and in good taste as is anything typically Swiss. And from Swiss’ Zurich hub most of Europe is a quick 2 hour or less connecting flight away.
You can book this space for 70,000 United MileagePlus miles each way.
And you can also book it for 55,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles each way. While Aeroplan typically adds fuel surcharges on awards to Europe, it doesn’t on Swiss flights, making this a great deal from the West Coast.
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