Europe is getting set to reopen in the coming months so now may be the best time to book travel.
The European Union is expected to allow vaccinated travelers, including U.S. residents, to enter by summer. Additionally, support is mounting for the United Kingdom and U.S. to reestablish an air travel corridor by this June.
As first reported by View From The Wing, we’re currently seeing one-way business class award space to and from London and a wide array of U.S. cities for 57,500 American AAdvantage miles. There’s availability for travel from this summer through the fall, but you’ll want to act quickly because there’s no telling how long this MilesAAver award space will be around.
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AAdvantage awards in premium cabins are notoriously difficult to book at low mileage levels, so this is notable if you’re sitting on a stash of American miles.
American flies an array of widebody planes to London, including the Boeing 787-8, 787-9, 777-200 and 777-300ER. While each American business class seat might vary, every configuration comes complete with direct aisle access, lie-flat beds and full, hot meals.
Related: American Airlines just put widebodies on 3 Alaska, Hawaii routes
Even better, as of November 2020, change and cancellation fees on all American award tickets are waived. That’s regardless of destination or class of service. While they remain non-changeable, anyone can now redeposit them back into an AAdvantage account for free.
That means if your plans change — or Europe doesn’t follow through with its reopening — you can book without having to worry about losing your miles or paying a redeposit fee.
Airline: American Airlines
Routes: Various U.S. cities to London-Heathrow (LHR). Best nonstop availability is from New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD) and Philadelphia (PHL). Other cities will likely require a connection.
Cost: 57,500 AAdvantage miles (MilesAAver) plus $11.20 in taxes and fees
Dates: Summer through early fall
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline; on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel) for travel protections on the award flight.
Important note: To book, make sure you filter to American Airlines flights only, as booking with partner British Airways will incur a hefty fuel surcharge.
Here are a few examples of itineraries you can book. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of cities. In fact, in our search, many U.S. cities (including secondary, smaller airports) required only 57,500 AAdvantage miles. However, if you want to fly nonstop to London in business, the American hubs of New York and Chicago are your best bets.
Nonstop New York (JFK) to London nonstop (up to 4 seats per flight)
Chicago (ORD) to London (LHR) in September nonstop
Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) with connections
Low-level MilesAAver availability is even appearing from the U.S. West Coast, but you’ll most likely require a domestic connection before heading onwards to London.
Boosting your PROGRAM balance
There are a variety of ways to boost your AAdvantage balance, so you’re ready for the next deal. One way is to sign up for an AAdvantage credit card. Some of the better offers include:
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. Earn 2x AAdvantage miles on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1x mile elsewhere. ($450 annual fee)
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. Earn 2x AAdvantage miles on gas station, restaurant, and eligible American Airlines purchases and 1x mile elsewhere. ($99 annual fee, waived the first year)
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®: Earn 65,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first four months of account opening. ($99 annual fee, waived for the first 12 months)
The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select, CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Related: Choosing the best credit card for American Airlines flyers
Maximize your purchase
When paying the taxes and fees on your award ticket, be sure to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases and offers travel protections in case anything goes wrong. Cards that fit the bill include The Platinum Card® from American Express, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.
Related: The best credit cards for paying taxes and fees on award tickets
Featured photo by Scott E Barbour/Getty Images.
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