Wide open American Business Class award space to Budapest / Prague / Venice

American 787 Dreamliner

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International award availability on American Airlines can be sparse so move quick on this one! American has opened up rare Business Class MileSAAver award inventory from May – July, on their new routes to Budapest, Prague, and Venice. Each route starts at 57.5k AAdvantage miles one-way. If you’ve been waiting to use your miles, now is the time to make your move.

  • Dates: May 4 – October 27th
  • Nonstop routes: 
    • Chicago (ORD) to Venice (VCE)
    • Philadelphia (PHL) to Budapest (BUD)
    • Philadelphia (PHL to Vienna (VIE)

 

Award availability May – June

 

Typically there is only one award seat on many Business Class flights, but with the current availability there is up to two or more seats available. For the best availability you’ll want to fly directly out of one of the nonstop cities, but most cities with American service should have limited availability on the new routes (with some layovers).

Sample flight nonstop Chicago to Venice

 

Thrifty Tip #1: Avoid flights on partner British Airways. They can tack on $500+ in fees.

Thrifty Tip #2: Find a flight but want to wait before booking? American allows a 5 day hold on all tickets. Go through to the payment screen and select hold instead of paying.

 

Thrifty Traveler 767-300

Mrs. TT and I enjoying some pre-flight bubbles on the AA 767-300

 

What Aircraft to Book

There are large differences in quality of the aircraft that American flies. Luckily you can fly the 787-800 or 767-300 on the new routes.

I flew the American 787 Dreamliner a few years back and also the 767-300. Both are solid Business Class products, but I’d recommend the Dreamliner from Chicago to Venice.

Thrifty Tip #2: Make sure you have the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select credit card. You receive 10% of your points back for flight award redemptions. Up to 10k AAdvantage miles per year! Check out our Top Cards section.

Bottom Line

Book ASAP. Availability only happens a few times a year and you have to book quickly. Use the 5-day hold function instead of booking if you’re not sure you want to book. If you need to bolster your American mileage balances make sure to check out our Top Cards section!

 

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