If you’ve shopped for business class award seats to Europe recently, you may have noticed that American Airlines offers some pretty good deals, with biz-class seats going for fewer miles than its rivals. There’s a reason.
Almost all international airlines offer lie-flat seats in business class. Except for American. When I say “lie-flat” I mean as flat as your own bed. The last generation of business class seats were angled, though they did recline much further than previous generations of seats.
Frankly, I considered those slanted seats a step backwards because I found myself sliding down them as I slept. While the seat was certainly roomier than a coach seat, it was sometimes hard not to wind up near the floor while dozing.
American is working to install lie-flat seats in all its long-range flights. Its 777-300s have been upgraded, and now the airline is working on its 777-200s and its 767-300s. The first international route to see the new, lie-flat seats will be the Dallas to Santiago flight on June 12th.
The lesson here is, not all airline award seats are equal. If you’re flying business, make sure your aircraft has the right seats. Ask the airline or check out SeatGuru.