Hot Deal: ~$1,500 Business Class Tickets To Europe This Summer

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Sorry for the slew of posts about fares to/from Dublin, but there are some great deals to be had right now. I know lots of people are still planning last minute trips to Europe this summer, given the favorable exchange rate. To recap:

Not only are we seeing great fares from Dublin to the US, but as Nick mentioned yesterday evening, British Airways also has ~$2,100 roundtrip tickets from many points in the US to Dublin. This includes tickets out of Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, etc.

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$1,500 roundtrip business class to Europe this summer

The good news is that since the fare is on British Airways, there are two ways to discount it — the sale could be stacked with a $400 AARP discount and 10% off coupon from the British Airways Visa Card.

To unbundle that a bit further, if you’re an AARP member (anyone can join AARP for $16 per year, regardless of age — I’m a member) you can save $400 on roundtrip business class tickets booked with British Airways. The booking process is even really straightforward.

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That will lower the fare to under $1,700 roundtrip:

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On top of that, British Airways offers a 10% discount if you have the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, using promo code CARDOFFERU. Both the AARP $400 discount and 10% off discount can be stacked.

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This means you can book ~$1,530 roundtrip business class tickets this summer from Chicago to Dublin:

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Or New York to Dublin:

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Or Philadelphia to Dublin:

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And there are quite a few other city pairs available as well (though I couldn’t find any fares this good from the west coast).

Best of all, this promotion is eligible for the transatlantic premium cabin bonus being offered by American AAdvantage, whereby you can earn up to 115,000 bonus miles after three roundtrips.

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As a reminder, British Airways has fully flat beds in business class throughout their longhaul fleet.

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Can you book this fare through American instead?

One natural question might be if you can book through American instead. Why? Because if you could book through American:

If you want the AARP and 10% discounts you need to book through British Airways’ website. You can actually book codeshares on American/US Airways through British Airways’ website, which the $400 discount can be applied towards. That being said, the 10% discount is available exclusively for travel on British Airways.

Based on that you have to weigh your options and decide if you’re best off paying a bit more to book American codeshare flights, or if you’d rather get the lowest fare and not necessarily qualify for all bonuses.

Bottom line

We’ve seen so many amazing business class fares to Europe this summer, from both the east and west coast. If you’re traveling to Europe this summer it’s almost not worth redeeming miles, at least if you’d book an airline with fuel surcharges. For example, similar flights on British Airways would cost almost $1,000 in taxes/carrier imposed surcharges alone.

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It’s tough to compete with ~$1,500 roundtrip all-in business class tickets on British Airways this summer.

If you are interested in this fare, I’d recommend booking sooner rather than later, as the deal won’t last.

Happy booking!

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Comments

  1. I am a BA visa signature card holder, and a member of AARP since joining a few months ago to purchase tix during the last big sale (JFK-ORY in J for $1167)

    Could I buy two tix in this current sale for friends of mine? They don’t have the BA card and aren’t AARP members. Will BA check card status AARP membership at airport or anything like that?

  2. Thanks for the heads-up! A couple of questions if you have time. One, can you book for a family of 4 with one AARP member? And two, can you build a stopover in London? Thanks in advance

  3. @ Sachin — You can book multiple people with the AARP discount. I don’t believe this fare allows for a free stopover, though.

  4. Hi Lucky,

    Are you saying that to get BOTH the $400 AARP discount and all of the AA special bonus miles (e.g. fly 3x to Europe earn 115K miles), I need to use the ba.com website to book AA codeshares? Or are you saying that it’s not possible to get both the $400 AARP and the AA special bonus miles?

  5. It looks like there is no way to get the 2x EQP promo here for AA, right, because if I’m reading those terms right the flight must be marketed by AA. Does that seem right?

  6. No need to apologize for posting really helpful information. I’ve been really bummed that there’s been practically nothing from the west coast this year. Best is around $2200 to Dublin but according to Google flights you need to book through Iberia. Seriously considering a summer vacation to Dublin and Honolulu though for ~$4k and earning 122,000 miles.

  7. Just bought my first AARP membership as a 19 year old. However, my membership needs to be “verified” every time I click on the link to BA. Basically an endless cycle of verification that doesn’t take me anywhere. Any suggestion or help??

  8. @ Wenbo — Hmmm, sounds like you’re having trouble logging into your account. Did you try just entering your email address and password?

  9. @ ILDC — You can get both the AARP discount and qualify for the 115K bonus miles to Europe.

  10. Lucky,

    I just booked a RT biz class ticket from IAH to RKE via LHR on BA for ~$1750 (after AARP – Woohoo!). (“I” for the long haul and “J” to get to RKE) Do you know if you qualify for the 20K bonus miles if you credit to Alaska instead of AA? Would it even make sense? Curious what your thoughts are.

    Thanks – Justin

  11. I’m new to the point game. How do I book on BA get the $400 credit and credit to American so I can get the bonus?

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