As I wrote about in October, Austrian will be rolling out a new, fully flat business class product shortly, which is scheduled to be installed on all their aircraft by April of 2013.
This looks to be a fantastic hard product, but beyond that Austrian is also known for having some of the best onboard food, as they even have an onboard chef in the business class cabin. And if that’s not enough, Vienna is one of my favorite cities in Europe.
But here’s what’s remarkable and why I’m bringing this up — the amount of transatlantic business class award space that Austrian has released for next summer is unreal. Summer is a really tough time of year to find business class award space, and it has been a long time since I’ve seen an airline release this much space.
Their North America destinations include New York, Toronto, Washington, and Chicago as of May 17, 2013.
So I just did the research, and as of now here are the number of dates with business class award availability in June and July of next year out of New York and Washington:
New York to Vienna
June: 29 out of 30 days have business class award space
July: 31 out of 31 days have business class award space
Vienna to New York
June: 30 out of 30 days have business class award space
July: 29 out of 31 days have business class award space
Washington to Vienna
June: 17 out of 30 days have business class award space
July: 27 out of 31 days have business class award space
Vienna to Washington
June: 25 out of 30 days have business class award space
July: 25 out of 31 days have business class award space
Best of all there are plenty of dates with at least four business class award seats, so this is great for families or large parties traveling together.
This is a great use of United and US Airways miles, as they both charge just 100,000 miles for business class to Europe. With US Airways you can even save 10,000 miles by continuing on to North Asia, as they only charge 90,000 miles for travel in business class between the US and North Asia via Europe (even with a stopover).
Hopefully this is helpful to some.