UPDATE TO THE UPDATE, 5:25PM ET: At this point, Delta, American and United are in the business class game with excellent fares to Hong Kong from various U.S. cities. Google Flights seems to be the best way of surveying the terrain at the moment. Check fares from major gateway hubs for each of the alliances. Some of the great fares are available as soon as next week; others not until October. Play around and good luck!
UPDATE 5:15PM ET: Talk about whiplash! Delta no longer seems to be offering its ~$2,450 business class fares from ORD and DFW, but American has expanded its fare sale tremendously. Sub-$2,500 business class fares now appear to be available on American from nearly every oneworld and SkyTeam hub not just this fall, but from tomorrow through the end of the schedule. And now United’s in the game, with sub-$2,500 business class fares from Detroit to Hong Kong, and possibly from other gateways as well. Developing…
Ben has a love/hate relationship with American Airlines.
He hates the food, the reliability, the soft product, and, depending on the configuration, the hard product, too.
But he loves pretending they’re the only airline that exists.
So when Ben posted earlier today that amazing fares were available from Dallas to Hong Kong on American Airlines, he neglected to mention they were available on Delta and United this autumn, as well.
Delta (but not United) is also selling ~$2,450 roundtrip business class tickets from Dallas to Hong Kong.
For what it’s worth, Dallas isn’t the only city benefiting from the fare war. You’ll find the same ~$2,450 business class fares on both American and Delta from Chicago.
Keep in mind these unpublished fare wars tend to be incredibly dynamic. Prices could drop further, or the fare war could end within the hour. The geographic scope of the sale could expand, as it already has to Chicago.
I’d recommend playing around with ITA Matrix and seeing if any other cities and dates might yield something unexpected today, keeping a close watch on oneworld hub cities.
Ben’s earlier post only tells half the story. This is a great fare sale whether you’re loyal to American, Delta or United. All three major carriers are offering ~$770 economy roundtrip airfares from Dallas to Hong Kong.
Better yet, Delta and American are competing for sub-$2,500 business class fares to Hong Kong from both Dallas and Chicago.
While American’s routing is more direct, if you’re gaming for Delta elite status, this is a great way to maximize MQMs, particularly if you route yourself creatively through Atlanta, Salt Lake City or Minneapolis. A business class fare from Dallas to Hong Kong via Atlanta and Seattle outbound and Seattle inbound would yield 26,360 MQMs, which is a fantastic bounty.
If you’re a Star Alliance loyalist, keep an eye out on the DFW-HKG and ORD-HKG routes to see if United joins Delta and American with sub-$2,500 business class airfares (right now, United’s remain around $5,000, give or take).