It appears as if several Star Alliance airlines (Air Canada, Austrian, Brussels, Lufthansa, United, etc.) are offering sub-$1,500 business class fares for travel to Europe this summer.
The markets where this seems to be valid are all over the place, as I’ve found these fares out of Atlanta, Detroit, San Diego, Seattle, and Tampa, and for travel to lots of points in Europe, including Amsterdam, Florence, Milan, Paris, Pisa, Rome, etc.
The base fare here is only $500 roundtrip, with the rest being taxes and fuel surcharges. In all the markets where I’ve found this fare it’s the lowest available, even cheaper than the lowest economy class fare.
The fares are valid for travel between June 27 and August 30, 2014. There’s a 60 day advance purchase requirement, and you have to stay a minimum of a Sunday night.
Availability is wide open. I’d recommend using ITA Matrix to search for availability, since it can show you a month worth of pricing and availability at a time.
For example, Seattle to Rome roundtrip in Air Canada business class is $1,473.
So if you’re going to Europe this summer book now, because this is a hell of a deal — business class for less than you’d otherwise pay for economy!
(Tip of the hat to Biggles209 in the Good Deal Premium Fare thread on FlyerTalk)