UPDATE: Deal is dead. 🙁
I feel like this is a case of “lather, rinse, repeat, change alliance.”
For whatever reason, Madrid and Barcelona have seen the most discounted fares from the West Coast, and that trend continues. This time, Star Alliance is in on the game (and only, as far as I can ascertain, Star Alliance).
Travel from July 1 through the end of October is pulling up widely available business class fares starting at $1,869 roundtrip from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Portland to Madrid.
The fares are nearly equally as good to Barcelona from every major West Coast city.
Flying to London is just a bit pricier at $2,160 roundtrip, the fare difference primarily due to the UK air passenger duty.
You can fly United, of course, but you can also fly Air Canada, Lufthansa, and Swiss. (You’ll probably get the best combination of food, service and seat comfort out of Swiss, frankly speaking.)