Spencer at Straight to the Points
sent out an alert about business class tickets for up to 4 people being
available on Austrian Airlines and since the airline is a Star Alliance
member you can use your Aeroplan points to redeem for these flights.
Availability is showing from Janaury through to March 2022 for
flights to Vienna and beyond. Aeroplan charges 70,000 points each way
for partner award flights in business class plus the $39 partner award
We did a quick check of availability for 4 adults between Montreal and Vienna on March 2:
And then returning on March 9:
Grand total is 280,000 points + taxes/fees each way (70,000 point per person). This is a rarity having this many open business class seats per flight (we even tried for 5 people on the same flight and it worked) so if you are looking to get your family or a group of friends to Europe in Winter this could be an excellent option. Austrian’s flights out of Montreal are operated with their Boeing 767-300 aircraft which feature 26 lie flat business class seats.
The good news with being
an Aeroplan reward ticket is that the cancellation policy is quite
consumer friendly so you could book this and cancel should things not
open up or work out for you. Bookings made up to August 31, 2021 can be
changed or canceled free of charge and hopefully that date will be
extended further as we have seen them do over the past year. If for some
reason they do not extend it, Aeroplan still allows you to cancel up to
2 hours prior to departure time but you will be subject to fees of up
to $175 per ticket.
One of the
easiest ways to earn enough
Aeroplan Miles for redemptions like those listed above is to grab
co-branded Aeroplan credit cards or cards that let you convert to
Aeroplan. In fact you could grab several cards and have enough points
for a one way business class flights as mentioned above. I would
recommend reading our post How to earn over 91,000 Aeroplan points for free* so
that you can see how you can earn enough points for such amazing
redemption options as shown above. Ideally you’d start out with
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card which is offering a 25,000 Aeroplan point welcome bonus with no annual fee in the
first year and bonus buddy pass that can be converted to 30,000 points if you apply for the card by December 5.
Images via Austrian Airlines & Air Canada