Your secret weapon for Business Class award space to Europe this summer is United’s daily seasonal flight from Newark to Hamburg. It has two Business Class award seats most days from now through the middle of August. You can get to Newark in United First Class for zero extra miles and connect in Europe via plane or train to your final destination.

You can book this flat bed for 55,000 Aeroplan miles, 57,500 United miles, or 63,000 LifeMiles. None of those programs collect fuel surcharges on United awards, and all allow connecting United flights free of charge.

The Product

United flies a 767 with 2-2-2 configuration in Business Class on its Hamburg route.

Frankly, this is far from the best Business Class in the world because you’ll be getting United flight attendants and not every seat has direct aisle access. (Choose a middle seat for direct aisle access; I can’t help you with the flight attendants.) But it is a fully flat bed, and you should easily get a comfortable night sleep. Here is a recent review of United Business Class.

Searching

You can search for United award space on united.com. Any United Saver space you find there is bookable with United, Aeroplan, or LifeMiles.

The Award Space

I searched for award space for two passengers. Here were the calendars for Newark to Hamburg for this summer. Days with dots have Business Class award space for two.

Unfortunately united.com is broken, so I couldn’t get the calendars to isolate direct award space. I had to click on every day one at a time. Doing that I found that award space is excellent in Business Class now through August 14.

During that period most of the days with dots have direct Business Class award space (although 6/14; 7/2, 5, 9, 14, 15, 22, 28; and 8/3, 4 don’t.) That means 40 days in the next two months do have award space for two people in Business Class direct from Newark to Hamburg.

From August 15 on, most of the days with dots do not have direct award space.

Connections

All Star Alliance programs will allow free domestic connections in United First Class and free intra-Europe connections on Star Alliance partners on Swiss Business Class awards.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to connect on United flights from your home airport to Newark, since it is a major United hub.

If you’re not interested in Hamburg as a destination, you can can connect to Vienna, Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Lisbon, Istanbul, and four other Turkish cities for zero extra miles on Star Alliance partners.

Or you can buy a flight on Ryanair or Eurowings, which have huge presences in Hamburg, or you can take a train.

Booking

The three best options…

  • 55,000 Aeroplan miles
  • 57,500 United miles
  • 63,000 LifeMiles

…are bookable on the website of the associated miles. (Always book with the airline whose miles you’re using, not whose planes you’re flying.)

Getting the Miles

The easiest miles to get are United miles via Ultimate Rewards. The top offers for Ultimate Rewards:

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred (50k Ultimate Rewards for spending $4,000 in three months)
  • Chase Ink Business Preferred (80k Ultimate Rewards for spending $5,000 in three months)
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve (50k Ultimate Rewards for spending $4,000 in three months)

Bottom Line

If you want to fly to Europe in a flat bed this Summer, United is begging you to do it from Newark to Hamburg. Redeem your Star Alliance miles most days until the middle of June for an adequate flat bed across the Atlantic.

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