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Now is the time to start planning your trip to Europe next summer.
You can book awards through most of July, 2018 at this point, and while award space on United’s own flights isn’t great, Austrian Airlines is coming through with great space to Europe in Business Class.
Even hard to get Los Angeles to Vienna nonstop is available for 4 or more passengers on most days next July.
If you’re using United MileagePlus, it will cost 70,000 miles one way.
Chicago to Vienna is looking great…
And so is Newark, where you’ll also have United’s own flights in the mix for a lower price of 57,500 miles one way (that goes up to 60,000 miles on November 1st).
Austrian’s Business Class on its flagship 777 isn’t the most spacious out there. Seats are all lie-flat, but the configuration is in a staggered 1x2x1 and 2x2x2 layout, which is great for couples, but if you’re traveling alone you’ll want to snag one of the solo seats.
The real treat is the onboard service.
Austrian brings a chef on every flight, and the meal service is a feast for the senses with a selection of half a dozen appetizers and an in-flight coffee house with 10 kinds to choose from.
The catch here is there’s almost no award space for the return back to the U.S., so you’ll have to wait that out.
But if you’re flying from the West Coast, jump on this while you can. It’s an outstanding use of United miles for a 12 hour overnight flight.
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