Asiana Airlines is one of my favourite airlines as they have great food, great service, and a great First Class Suites product on their 777-200ER. As well, they’re receiving the A380 in a few months. They also have blackout dates during peak periods such as Christmas and the Lunar New Year which I’ve found annoying, as no award seats are released during those times.
I was looking at some award space this morning and noticed that I saw many first class seats during the blackout period. It seems like as of right now, Asiana is releasing award space for during their blackout dates. This would be huge for me, if I haven’t already booked my trips through the 11 months the calendar is open.
But for example, there are TWO first class seats for Seoul to New York right over the winter holidays and new years, which are blackout dates for Asiana.
There’s also lots of space on other routes as well, such as Los Angeles – Seoul before Christmas.
There’s also plenty of space during the Lunar New Year from Seoul, which happens to align with my reading week break, coincidentally.
Intra-Asia space is also very good.
Generally, Asiana award space is quite good 10-11 months out as they release award space when the schedule opens, but in my experience the blackout dates are pretty firm and previously I’ve never seen an award seat during the dates. I’d assume this is a glitch so act on it fast as they could pull the seats anytime.
If you’ve been planning travel during the Christmas/New Year period but haven’t pulled the trigger, this might be a good opportunity.
(Tip of the hat to Roland)