As hard as it is to believe, I am not bluffing.
AA First Class 777-300
One major advantage of booking an award ticket with US carriers (American Airlines / Delta / United) are the very low taxes / surcharges, in comparison to British carriers such as British Airways or Virgin Atlantic who would charge at least USD 400 of carrier imposed surcharges for a one way trip.
Here’s one sample of what you can redeem using American Airlines Advantage miles:
American Airlines Award Redemption Booking from aa.com
After the recent miles devaluation from American Airlines that became effective in March 2016, the miles required for an Award Redemption (Saver level) between US and Europe one-way are now:
First Class = 85,000 miles (was 67,500 miles)
Business Class = 57,500 miles (was 50,000 miles)
The current business class award redemption is not so bad in comparison to the first class redemption, however the availability on an Award Saver Level in Business Class can be quite limited and be prepared to have several stop-overs (not just 1).
Well for $5.60 a piece, I can’t really complain.
On the other hand, if you have tonnes of miles to burn and prefer to have less stop-overs & layover time, you can always opt for the AAnytime Award Level which cost:
Business Class = 135,000 Miles
First Class = 175,000 miles
I personally would rather book a First Class (Award Saver) then a Business Class (Anytime Level) which would cost 50,000 miles less!(Like I said, only if you have tonnes of miles to burn and no schedule flexibility)
Open availability on Business/First AAnytime and First AAnytime Level
AA First Class 777-200 (Older version)
AA Business Class on the retrofitted 777-200 (First Class are removed)
Figuring out the return trip, I will be playing around using other frequent flyer miles that will be transferred from either:
Chase Ultimate Rewards – transferrable to United miles and can be redeemed for flights on United, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, Air Canada with daily routes between US & Europe). Ultimate Rewards points are also transferable to British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Most points transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards will be available instantly into your frequent fl
Starwood Amex Card (Starpoints from SPG) – transferrable to more than 30 frequent flyer programs. Be mindful of points transfer from SPG that might take more than a few days until it becomes available in your frequent flyer account.
Amex Membership Rewards – transferrable to Aeroplan and can be redeemed on Star Alliance partner airlines similar to United’s but often require less miles than a United redemption. Membership Rewards points are also transferable to British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Transfer points from Membership Rewards to most of the airline partners are also made instantly.So yes it is very possible to fly in style without spending a fortune!