Expires today: American/British Airways offering $2,012 all-in business class fares to Europe December 20 through January 8!

To celebrate the new year, British Airways is offering a fare sale for $2,012 all-in business class fares from the US to London, Manchester, or Edinburgh for bookings made through December 9, 2011 (Friday). Travel must commence between December 20, 2011, and January 5, 2012, and must be completed by January 8, 2012.

This sale is pretty amazing because there really are very few strings attached. Availability is excellent, so it’s easy to get this fare out of just about any US airport and pay $2,012 all-in.

The other cool thing is that the fare is valid on American as well. The nice thing about American is that if you book a discounted business class ticket you can upgrade to first class using a systemwide upgrade, of which top tier elites get eight each year.

I have to say, this is a mildly tempting way to kick off status requalification for next year in comfort…

Anyone taking advantage of this?

Comments

  1. British Airway’s UK site had a similar offer last weekend. Travel out of the UK to circa 50 destinations including East & West coast USA: 2 Club returns for £2012 (although they were available individually). For once it seems the UK offer was slightly better!

    Outcome? New Year in Boston for me, just need to find a hotel now!

  2. Wow. UA match Z fare has NO minimum stay requirement. Should’ve saved my EOY MR for an easy jog to LHR in J. Dang.

  3. I still find it very difficult to actually pay for business class, even if it is “cheap.” Any flight, especially a flight to Europe from the US, just isn’t that much time out of your life. Take the extra $1000 that you’re spending for those 16 hours and put it into your investment portfolio. If you do that every time you think about buying business class, you’ll probably be able to retire a couple years earlier.

  4. Ben,

    Why not book BA and use 25k Avios to go BA First? Gets you plenty of AA points and much nicer than AA first.

  5. @Andrew well said. People who can’t afford the luxury of flying for the sake of flying would be better served saving their money.

    However if you have a financial plan that has budgeted for your flying habits I don’t see any reason not to do it.

    Many people might have been considering booking this flight but not realized there was a sale. Others in the FF community are hobbyists who enjoy travel and flying for status. Others fly for work and would be well served to gain a higher status to have a more comfortable flying experience.

    It is all on a person to person basis. I for one will not be enjoying this sale but those who would benefit from it should.

  6. Folks should keep in mind the DEQM promotion as well. SFO/LAX-ORD-LHR or SFO/LAX-DFW-LHR to maximize EQM’s.

  7. ??

    https://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/AAdvantageBoost.jsp

    “**Includes First Class, Business Class or full-fare Economy Class fares booked in F, A, J, R, D, *I*, Y, B or H on American Airlines operated flights; on British Airways operated flights, fares booked in First Class, Club World, World Traveller Plus or full-fare World Traveler: F, A, J, R, C, D, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H; on Iberia operated flights, fares booked in Business Class or full-fare Economy Class: J, C, D, R, I or Y.”

  8. @Andrew However if it helps you qualify for an increased level of status the benefits can be substantial. Life’s to short to fly coach all the time.

  9. According to ITA Software, Iberia (BA codeshare) is offering a $1640 nonrefundable business class fare SFO-LHR (outbound Jan 3 fare basis ILE0Q2G1; return Jan 8 fare basis KLWNAJB; nonstop). That’s only about $530 more than the cheapest nonstop Economy fares.

  10. It’s great that airlines are becoming more competitive and offering better deals because we as consumers deserve to fly in luxury!

  11. Any idea as to when BA might have a USA sale – they started their UK one but not USA – NY-London in Jan is still $780 return??

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