~$1,850 West Coast Business Class Fares To Europe: Star Alliance Edition

UPDATE: Deal is dead. šŸ™

I feel like this is a case of “lather, rinse, repeat, change alliance.”

Especially in the last few weeks, there’s been a flurry of inexpensive business class fares to Europe for travel this summer.

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.

Airfares from San Francisco to Madrid
Airfares from San Francisco to Madrid
You can fly Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, or Swiss
You can fly Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, or Swiss

The fares are nearly equally as good to Barcelona from every major West Coast city.

Fares from Los Angeles to Barcelona on Star Alliance
Fares from Los Angeles to Barcelona on Star Alliance

Flying to London is just a bit pricier at $2,160 roundtrip, the fare difference primarily due to the UKĀ air passenger duty.

Fares from Seattle to London; these fares are also excellent from SFO and LAX, among other cities
Fares from Seattle to London; these fares are also excellent from SFO and LAX, among other cities
Routing from Seattle to London in business class
Routing from Seattle to London in business class

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.)

Swiss business class
Swiss business class

Act fast!

Comments

  1. Odd…going by Kayak or the airlines directly, those fares are nowhere to be found. At least for me. And this is especially prudent since I need to be in Madrid in August.

  2. @Adam: Ack! You’re right, this deal died somewhere in the last hour between when I wrote this and when it got published on OMAAT.

    Do keep checking, though, as these deals are revived more often than you’d think.

  3. @Adam: I’m still seeing ~$1,870 fares from LAS, SAN, PDX and SEA pretty regularly, and from SFO on certain dates. From LAX on just a few in August.

  4. @Nick: I’ve never been able to replicate prices that I’ve found on Matrix to a site that actually allows you to book – whether it be the airline direct or a third party site. I once even took the Matrix airfare to a travel agent and he said that because I couldn’t book through the site, he wouldn’t match the airfare that I found.

    What am I missing here? Am I doing something wrong?

  5. @Anthony: You should be able to replicate Matrix or Google Flights fares on an airline website most of the time, but occasionally there may be a lag between when the airline stops selling a fare, and when those fares are no longer displayed on Matrix/Google. In this case, we may be in that lag period.

  6. @Nick: I just tried a few random international scenarios using Matrix, Google flights and the airline’s website, none of which enabled me to replicate the same prices. An example below.

    SYD – AMS (Singapore Airlines), 2 July 2015, one-way
    Matrix: $1,268 AUD
    Google flights: $1,659 AUD
    Singapore Airlines: $1,623 AUD

    I’ve been using the site for about 6 months and have always encountered similar issues.

  7. With the matrix, be sure that you are only showing prices and flights with available seats. For a while this option was unchecked when I was using the matrix, and I was equally puzzled as to why I could never find the prices I was seeing.

  8. Hi Nick, what website/software is it that you are using that allows you to see fares according to specific alliance?

  9. @Tom: That’s matrix.itasoftware.com. It’s essentially the back-end of Kayak and Google. You can find lots of How To guides online, or just play around with it yourself. It’s great for trying to book specific routing, like open jaws or multiple destinations on specific carriers with specific layover points. I’d recommend reading up on how best to use it as it has a lot of functionality, but is very much meant for those that are airline-savvy.

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