British Airways just announced a flash sale, whereby business class fares from the United States to London can be had at a great discount:
For two days only, we are offering business class fares to London starting from just $2015 round trip (New York to London) including taxes, fees and carrier charges.
To fly starting from only $2015 round trip in Club World transatlantic business class from select US gateway cities, book your flights now for travel between November 16, 2015 and August 31, 2016. Exclusions apply.
Hurry, you only have until Friday, October 16, 2015, to book this exceptional offer.
While $2015 is a great fare for transatlantic business class, you can actually do even better than that! I am seeing fares in the $1800-$2000 range, which is particularly good for those on the West Coast.
These fares are valid across many routes, not just New York > London. I see discounted prices to:
With departures from:
- New York
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
There are probably other city pairs as well, but that should give you a good starting point. You also don’t have to fly British Airways, as these fares are valid on American, Iberia, etc. The fares are also pricing at less than the advertised $2015 rate:
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. You’re best off searching through ITA Matrix or Google Flights.
Leveraging the AARP discount
Keep in mind that 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 ~$1,400 roundtrip (or sometimes even less).
As Ben has explained before, anyone can join AARP for $16 per year. We’re both members, and while this discount has had sporadic issues recently, it seems to be working fine this morning.
An extra 10% off
Beyond that, those with the British Airways Visa Card can receive 10% off British Airways fares, for outbound travel through December 31, 2015.
As a reminder, just use promotion code CARDOFFERU at the time of booking.
Under $1300 for business class between the West Coast and Europe is just a crazy good price.
Delta & friends are matching
And not only are they matching the published British Airways fare sale, on many routes their prices are even lower. I see Los Angeles > London flights on Virgin Atlantic for ~$1600, for example:
I see similar fares on Air France and KLM, and it looks like a few more cities are involved on the SkyTeam front, so it’s worth doing some quick research.
You can’t stack the other discounts, but if you’re a Delta/SkyTeam flyer, these are still very compelling rates!
With these discounts combined, you’re now looking at as little as ~$1300 for roundtrip business class tickets to Europe. Given the price of airfare these days, that’s a phenomenal deal.
While the British Airways sale is published for the next two days, inventory will dry up quickly, and the SkyTeam match could end at any time. Last time we announced a sale like this the fares were gone by the time I got out of the shower, so if this is something that sounds interesting I would book now, and cancel within 24 hours.
Do you plan on booking one of these cheap oneworld business class fares to Europe?
Update: If you have (or can transfer points to British Airways) Avios, View From The Wing outlines a way to reduce the out of pocket cost on these tickets even further, to as little as $650 round trip.