In January, I was doing my morning travel blog reading, and happened to read a post by Miles4More–Wide-open award space to Europe, including summer business class seats! (http://saverocity.com/miles4more/europe-aa-miles/). I clicked through and sure enough there was availability to several cities in first class on US Airways with no surcharges!
We had just gotten back from Crete, and the weather was horrendous there, with record-breaking snow and cold. We loved the food, wine, and antiquities there, and we wanted to go back to Greece when it was warmer, but we wanted to go to some different islands. I decided to check for availability to Athens, and yes, there were seats in Envoy class on US Airways to Athens!
We only had enough miles for two one-way business-class tickets, but I went ahead and put them on a complimentary 5-day hold while I searched for tickets back from Europe in some other currencies I have. At this point, I didn’t know where we were going once we got to Athens, or from where we were going to leave Europe to come home. Rome? Istanbul? More trip planning to follow…….