(EXPIRED) Great Mid-Summer Business Class Award Availability to Europe on Star Alliance Carriers

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There is quite a bit of multi-seat, saver, business-class availability showing from several US cities to multiple European destinations from Mid-July through September on a variety of Star Alliance carriers.

I was able to find multiple seats out of Dallas and Chicago from Mid-July to mid-August and out of NYC and Washington throughout late-July, August and September. Travel is primarily on Austrian, LOT, Lufthansa and Turkish. There are some non-stops, but many of the available destinations involved a mixed-cabin itinerary with either the US or European connecting flights in economy. The trans-Atlantic legs are all in business.

I was able to find similar availability on United, Aeroplan and Avianca (two-stop itineraries only). The award prices vary by program used/destination and are between 60K to 77K one-way. You can also try and book via Turkish for 45K each-way or ANA for 88K roundtrip.

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Austrian Airlines 777 Business Class Seat

The Deal

Multi-seat business class availability on Star Alliance carriers in mid-Summer to Europe from multiple US cities.

  • ORD, IAH and DFW from Mid-July through Mid-August
  • JFK/EWR/IAD/DCA from Mid-July through September
  • European destinations include: Madrid, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague and more.
  • Book using United, Air Canada, Avianca and other Star Alliance carriers.

Quick Thoughts

This is an unusual amount of mid-Summer availability to Europe, so I would book ASAP if you’re interested.

Although it’s easiest to search for availability on United by using their 30-day calendar, that’s often not the cheapest option for booking (although it may be the best if you have a ton of UA miles).  Aeroplan will have the same seats at 60K and is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Bilt and Capital One). whereas Avianca LifeMiles will price out at 63K and is also a transfer partner of most of the major transferable currencies.

Here is the availability from DFW – VIE mid-Summer:

a screenshot of a calendar

Here is ORD – Vienna, again in Mid-Summer

a screenshot of a calendar

And here is availability from JFK to Budapest, this time in August and September:

a screenshot of a calendar


Although many of these itineraries aren’t non-stop, the amount of availability certainly makes this worth looking into if you’re thinking about going to Europe this Summer. I haven’t flown any of the carriers besides Lufthansa, but they all have lie-flat seats and good reviews.

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I would love to fly business with Austrian it seems good.

Last edited 1 year ago by John

Did you see anything returning to the US? I’m already going to be there & just need to get back. Wouldn’t mind the TK 787 or the LH 747 😉


It supposed to be 90k round trip with Aeroplan…


It would help if you cited where the various stopovers could be.


Thanks for the quick reply, Tim.

What I thought I read is that most if not all of these flights are NOT non-stops. Therefore, I was wondering where they had a stop — thus, where one might take an additional number of days before journeying onto the number of destinations that you had listed above.


Thanks, Tim, that was what I was looking for!

griffin hall

Last month I booked eight family members business class on EK206 EWR-MXP for mid-august using Membership Rewards points. Was astonished to find the business cabin had only three seats taken at time of booking