There are some incredible business class fares being published by oneworld right now, including for travel on American, British Airways, Iberia, etc. They’re available from tons of cities in the US to tons of cities in Europe, and perhaps the best part is that they’re valid over a huge set of dates.
The fare is available for travel between this fall and next summer, so this fare can be useful whether you’re planning Thanksgiving or summer 2016 travel. Fares do range a bit, though the fare sales are somewhere in the range of $1,800-2,000, which is pretty incredible, especially for travel from the west coast. You’re best off searching through ITA Matrix or Google Flights.
Keep in mind that there are two ways you can knock even more off the cost of these fares:
- AARP members can receive $400 off roundtrip business class fares, as described in this post. This is valid for outbound travel through March 31, 2016. This can lower the fares into the range of ~$1,500 roundtrip (or sometimes even less). As I’ve explained before, anyone can join AARP for $16 per year…. I’m even a member.
- Those with the British Airways Visa Card can receive 10% off British Airways fares, for outbound travel through December 31, 2015.
Just to give an example, take the below flight between Los Angeles and Paris. At ~$1,995 roundtrip in business class, it’s a heck of a deal.
Then after you apply the 10% British Airways Visa Card discount, that fare is knocked down to ~$1,435.
Just keep in mind that while the cheap business class fares as such are valid well into next year, the AARP and BA Visa discounts have sooner deadlines. So you have to travel outbound by March 31, 2016 to use the AARP $400 discount, and have to travel outbound by December 31, 2015 to use the BA Visa 10% discount.
We’re seeing these business class fare sales more and more often, and in many cases they’re really getting into the range of what you’d expect to pay for an economy class ticket. At these prices it really is tough to go wrong. And at these prices it’s almost worth paying rather than using miles, given that miles have a value as well.
Generally when these offers come around they don’t last, so you’ll want to book sooner rather than later to take advantage of these deals.
Do you plan on booking one of these cheap oneworld business class fares to Europe?
(Tip of the hat to Frequent Miler)