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This Saturday I noticed some close-in awards for travel 4-11 days out.
Come Sunday, there appeared multiple business class seats on many dates across the coming year for Chicago, Washington-Dulles, and New York-JFK, with less for Toronto. I’ve not extensively checked other routes except Abu Dhabi – Maldives, which has spotty availability. I saw some first class awards for Washington-Dulles; I haven’t done deep research on that route since from many home base Seattle I won’t position farther east than Chicago.
Book With Air Canada Aeroplan
I’ve only seen this space on Air Canada Aeroplan. I’ve ticketed two trips so it is not phantom space.
Warning: watch out for Air Canada mixed cabin results. If ‘mixed cabin’ is in red text that is over 50% not in premium cabin. You can mouse over the text to see what percent is in a premium cabin.
I went for fast and easy with Amex instant transfers to Aeroplan.
The Aeroplan call center is only open 7 am – midnight Eastern so I missed out on booking a stopover (Aeroplan allows stopovers to award for an extra 5k miles). When going to the Maldives, it is 100k for North America to Maldives without an Abu Dhabi stopover. With a stopover it is 105k. Booked separately it is 85k + 25k = 110k so rather than risk the space vanishing I booked a trip as two separate tickets so we can have a few days in Abu Dhabi. For other itineraries, the difference between stopover price and separate one-ways may be greater.
Book with Other Programs?
Etihad Guest has their usual absurd-o-pricing that you think is a typo that added too many digits.
American Airlines I haven’t seen the space.
Other programs I haven’t tried.
Etihad’s Wonderful Seat
In May we flew Chicago – Abu Dhabi – Maldives on Etihad’s A350. It is the most comfortable airline seat I’ve experienced. Even the mattress firmness is adjustable. The lounge at Abu Dhabi is a sad thing, so don’t book extra connection time for that.