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Great First, Business AAdvantage award space to London with no surcharges if you plan ahead

by on Tue May 19, 2015 • 4 Comments


If you’ve been collecting American AAdvantage miles you know how tough it has become to find award space to Europe without being hit by British Airways fuel surcharges, especially in First and Business Class.

The alternative is to find flights on American and US Airways’ own flights, and for many months that’s been very hard.

But if you plan ahead, there is some good award space available right now at the MileSAAver level (50k miles one way, 100k roundtrip in Business Class, 62.5k one way and 125k roundtrip in First Class), even from the West Coast.

The wider availability starts in November, and continues all the way through April, the latest available month to book with AAdvantage miles right now.

The catch is the best availability is for just one seat per flight, but if you’re traveling as a party of two you might have luck using this method to check for extra space on the same flight.

Here are some examples from Los Angeles for one traveler…

In First Class during March / April


Business Class…


During the holidays…


If you’re looking for two travelers it gets tougher, but there are still decent options…

Here’s LAX-LHR next Spring….


With flight times that are reasonable.


And ORD-LHR for 2 people in First Class. You should be aware these flights are on American’s old 777s, which are being reconfigured to have First Class removed, with full lie flat Business Class seats in their place.

So there’s a chance they will reassign aircraft and not have First Class on your flight.

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In summary – it’s sad for American AAdvantage that this kind of award space is worth noting.

But with very little space available this summer, planning ahead for off peak months is your best bet to sit up front for just 100,000 miles roundtrip with no fuel surcharges.


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4 thoughts on Great First, Business AAdvantage award space to London with no surcharges if you plan ahead


      @Sal – They start letting you book 330 days out. So in late July / early August you can start checking.

  1. Claire

    Hello. I am trying to find an aadvantage award flt from San or lax to London in November and there is no awards avail. Nothing they don’t even show the calendar just say nothing’s avail. Having used / booked miles frequently this is odd. Do you know what’s going on? Why no awards during this time? Tried for a flt to Dublin just to see if something came up and it said the same, no awards avail. Any scoop? Thanks!!


      @Claire – Odd – right now there seem to be many options, even without British Airways. For example November 11th from both airports. Try again and see what comes up.


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