New AA Business Class Award Space to Europe!
Planning a trip to Europe in 2016? You’re in luck! After the recent announcement of the American Airlines AAdvantage devaluation there has been very limited AA Business Class award space to Europe. The good news is fellow blogger Points, MD found a nice little stash of Business award space in and out of Manchester, England. This award space was not available until very recently, since I tried to book a flight into Manchester two weeks ago, and there was nothing. If you don’t want to fly into Manchester, try Dublin as your next best choice. Dublin is where I booked into a couple weeks back, but it appears there is very limited availability. I suggest booking ASAP because the Manchester award space will be gone in a day or two.
Thrifty Tip #1: Utilize the AAdvantage Hold feature to reserve a reservation for up to 24 hours before actually applying your points to the booking!
There is almost daily availability for up to two people from February through November ’16. Summer award space will disappear quickly so book now! If you’ve read my 5 tips for booking AA award tickets you’ll know that tickets for two can be tough to find! Flights can be found from almost any US city, with direct flights available from Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia.
One-way Business Class flights can be booked for only 50k AAdvantage miles + $5.60. Round-trip flights start at 100k AAdvantage miles, but you’ll have to pay UK taxes which total $267.50. If you have United miles I’d recommend flying with United back home, since United generally does not charge extra for local taxes and fees. If I was flying into Manchester with American, I would fly back home on United to save $150 or so in fees.
Thrifty Tip #2: If you plan to fly one-way to Europe make sure to fly United back to avoid excessive taxes and fees. All major carriers charge only nominal charges to fly to Europe. Flying back home to the United States is where you incur the fees, especially on one-way tickets.
Almost any US Airport to Manchester, England (MAN)
Chicago, Philadelphia, New York
Business Class Award Space Available
February – November ’16 (Summer award space!!)
One-way Flight to Manchester
50k AAdvantage Miles + $5.60
100k AAdvantage Miles + $267.50
Make sure to book flights on AA metal instead of British Airways to avoid high fees. Most of the flights are on the A330 or the Boeing 767-300 which Mrs. TT and I took earlier this year. Once you get to Manchester you can stay in England or fly one of the many budget carriers out of the UK to the European mainland. Options for flights out include Easyjet (budget), KLM, British Airways, to name a few. Read our post on how to book the cheapest flight possible, to save extra coin.
American’s Business class has been my go to ticket to get to Europe. It is only 50k one-way and American generally has a pretty solid Business class product. After the devalue announcement I’ve been very frustrated with overall availability, and the fact that you could not find any space for two seats. While flying into Manchester is not at the top of my list, it will have to do. Hopefully more AA Business Class award space to Europe will open up in the near future!
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