~$1,500 West Coast To Europe Business Class Tickets!

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Over the past several weeks we’ve seen several business class fare wars to Europe, which are always exciting. For example, a few weeks ago we saw ~$2000 fares between the West Coast and Europe. Last week we saw similarly good fares between the East Coast and Europe.

The best part of both of these offers was that they were stackable with some other great promotions — you could receive a $400 discount when booking through AARP, and then save a further 10% when paying with the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, as long as all flights are operated by British Airways.

The good news is that it looks like some similarly good fares are back for travel on oneworld — I’m seeing business class fares of ~$2,100 for travel between Las Vegas, San Diego, or Seattle, and Amsterdam, Milan, and Rome. I’m sure there are other markets where it’s available as well, though those are the ones I came across.

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British Airways Club World on the A380

After you apply the $400 AARP discount, the fare drops to ~$1,700.

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Then on the purchase page if you apply the 10% discount from the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, it brings down the fare another ~$170.

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In the end you’re looking at ~$1,530 business class fares between the West Coast and Europe, which is amazing.

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I’m sure there are markets aside from the ones above with similarly great fares, though those are the ones I found. The good news is that for the most part these fares are valid through the end of the schedule, and on any transatlantic oneworld carrier.

In terms of the discounts, keep in mind that:

  • The $400 AARP discount can be applied for travel on partner carriers, and is only valid for flights booked through October 14, 2014 for outbound travel through March 31, 2015
  • The 10% discount from the British Airways Visa Signature® Card only applies for travel on British Airways, and is only valid for outbound travel through December 31, 2014

Anyway, these are some amazing fares, and great ways to pick up oneworld elite qualifying miles.

I’m very tempted to take advantage of one of these fares. While I’ve already requalified for Executive Platinum status with American, this could help me in requalifying for Alaska MVP Gold 75K.

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Comments

  1. @ bill — The $400 AARP discount can be applied for travel on partner carriers, and is only valid for flights booked through October 14, 2014 for outbound travel through March 31, 2015.

  2. @lucky Assuming crediting @ 125% it is 10.54 cpm with cos bonus. Too rich for my blood but maybe you could drink enough champers to make it worth while.

    @Adi_T No you can signup at any age

  3. @Adi_T: Let’s just say, they don’t check ID. During registration, they also pre-fill your birth year with 1955, just do you don’t make a mistake.

  4. Just snagged four seats SEA AMS for next June. Didn’t get either discount but $2400 RT is still a good fare for summer travel from the west coast to Europe. Thanks Lucky.

  5. @lucky – just wondering, do you have to have or need to use a BA Visa Sig CC at checkout? or can you just use that promo code w/o that CC?

  6. My god could you push the BA signature visa sign-up card any more in this post?? 3 links to the card in this post is a little ridiculous, don’t you think?

  7. @ James W — Not suggesting it as a “straight” mileage run (I don’t really think those exist anymore), but if you’re looking to go to Europe, this is maybe a few hundred dollars more than the cheapest economy fare, if that.

  8. @ Russel — I don’t see a similar fare in the other direction, unfortunately. International fares are rarely the same in both directions.

  9. Attempting to book a $2200 fare from SAT-FCO on all US Air metal that’s showing on ITA. However, using BA engine to get AARP discount, it will only route me through London. Any idea on how to fix it?

  10. I think this deal just ended, because I bought the AARP membership, looked at different fares between Seattle and Amsterdam and I was seeing fares around $900 each way, but it kept switching between around $900 and $3000 when I would refresh the page. I looked at other options and went back to Seattle to Amsterdam and I haven’t been able to get back to fares around $900. I’m so mad cause I bought the AARP membership. lol Is this a glitch, or were they literally raising the prices right as I was looking at them?

  11. Ben, I plan on upgrading my fare from WTP to CW but when buying using AARP discounts, there is no UuA option. I would have to buy the fare in PE and then UuA after ticketing.

    I can’t see on BA site if the ticket is booked under some non-upgradeable WTP fare. Can I have any issues here?

  12. Thanks a ton, Ben. I just booked SAN-LHR-CDG and back for $2300 on BA. Normally, economy is usually about $1400ish so this is a total steal.

  13. Found out. They were actually raising the prices by a couple of hundred dollars. I was looking at fares around $1650 with Aarp discount and a couple hours later the same fare was about $2000 with discount. Still a good deal but I’m not sure if I should wait until they lower again. IF they do.

  14. FWIW, you don’t have to use the BA Chase card to get the 10% discount AFAICT. Booked SEA-LHR-AMS // AMS-LHR-BOS for $1648 after AARP $400 and 10% off and paid w/ my Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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