While Ben likes to tout how “~$1,500 business class tickets” are available to Dublin, the fine print, of course, is that not only do you have to fly American or British Airways in business class, which is essentially a step up from Spirit, but:
- You have to enroll in the AARP (which, as has been often noted, doesn’t require proof of senior citizen status) and use a discount code for $400 off
- You have to have the British Airways Signature Visa card and use a specific promo code to get a 10% off discount
What this really means is that the fares are closer to $2,100. 🙂
However, as I noted last week, SkyTeam appears to be targeting certain American Airlines and US Airways hub cities in a remarkable, and as of now one-sided, fare war on destinations in Central Europe.
The fare war is still in effect from Charlotte, Dallas and Philadelphia largely to destinations in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
Better yet, the prices have gotten eye-poppingly low. Not quite ~$1,450 from the West Coast to Europe in business class low, but still a deal worth jumping on if you want to maintain or attain Delta status, or even status on Alaska.
Fares from Philadelphia to Europe in roundtrip business class are as low as $1,712 this summer on Delta.
That’s actually $1,712, not “$1,712 with three asterisks meaning you have to apply for a credit card, pretend you’re 80 years old, donate a kidney, enter a YouTube contest and sing the French national anthem by heart on KBEN-FM’s morning show.”
The ~$1,700 fares are good from Philadelphia to Stuttgart, Geneva, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Nuremburg, Berlin, Vienna, Bremen and Hamburg.
More broadly speaking, fares from Charlotte and Dallas, and fares from Charlotte, Dallas and Philadelphia to cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Copenhagen, Madrid, Lisbon and Paris range between $1,850 and $2,100, which are still very good deals.
Note that these flights are on Delta’s lie-flat international business class with renowned food and delightful service, not in American’s angled flat business class where you can “enjoy” a hockey puck with Chef Boy-Ar-Dee tomato sauce and a glass of alcoholic vinegar for dinner.
Now, some might say Delta’s the better option here at ~$1,700, but Ben’s got his American Airlines blinders on and prefers to highlight the ~$2,100 business class fares to Dublin on oneworld instead.
If you live in the Mid-Atlantic and want to fly to Europe later this summer in business class, these deals are hard to beat, and potentially worth a drive or train ride to Philadelphia from other markets like New York, Baltimore or Washington.
Great fares are also available from Charlotte and Dallas to certain European cities on Delta. If you can position yourself to one of these gateway cities, this is a fantastic way of racking up valuable MQMs and flying to Europe in high season on flatbed seats.