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The City Miler is the personal blog of David Slotnick, a points and miles obsessed travel junkie, communications pro and amateur photographer based in New York City.  

Tons of AA Business Saver Space Available

Tons of AA Business Saver Space Available

I recently snagged a business MileSAAver award on American Airlines for a February trip to London for 57.5K AAdvantage miles. At the time there was very little availability on AA metal, and I felt lucky to find the premium saver award space on the 777-200 departing JFK at 7:55 p.m. Generally, though, I prefer taking the latest possible trans-Atlantic flight so that I can get more sleep. Since booking, I've been checking AA once or twice a day to see if any space opened up on either a later flight, or a more comfortable plane (the 777-300ER business class has been extremely well reviewed).

American Airlines 777-200 retrofit (photo: American Airlines)

Today when I checked, a number of new flights had become available, including a nonstop later in the evening and several routings through PHL (on a legacy US Airways A330) or ORD (on a 787-900). After calling to move my ticket to the later direct flight, I did some more searching around AA's site. There is a ton of availability on AA metal for business class saver award tickets throughout February, March, April, and May (to a lesser extent). While there's normally saver space using AAdvantage miles on British Airways, flying BA metal exposes you to absurdly high carrier-imposed surcharges.

There is a ton of saver-level availability

There's AA availability at least a few days each week throughout these months, meaning that you have some great options if you're interested in visiting the U.K. this winter or spring. You can consider doing what I did, booking a one-way business class saver award for 57.5K miles + $5.60 in taxes, and finding a cheap flight back on Norwegian Airlines. If you have enough miles to book a roundtrip ticket in business class, fees will be $255.46 due to the U.K. departure tax (if the return leg is in economy, feels will be around $164).

Make sure to de-select British Airways so that you don't get stuck with massive surcharges!

Book quickly, though — spaces might be snatched up quickly!

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