Earlier I wrote about a great British Airways business class fare sale being offered for travel originating in the US, with fares of under $1,400 per person, assuming you’re traveling as a pair.
One of the great trends we’ve seen in the airline industry the past few years is premium cabin pricing becoming more reasonable. With the cost of business class often only marginally higher than economy, and with the number of miles required for many award tickets increasing, there’s more value than ever before in just outright purchasing the business class ticket that you want.
While business class frequently seems to be on sale, we don’t see as many offers for international first class, which continues to remain rather ridiculously priced. Seriously, who is paying $18,000+ for a roundtrip first class ticket between New York and London?
Well, the good news is that British Airways has slowly starting discounting first class to more reasonable costs, and at the moment they have one of the best first class fare sales I’ve seen in a while. This is useful for people on the other side of the Atlantic, as the fare sale is valid for travel originating in London over the upcoming holidays.
The basic terms of this sale are as follows:
- Valid for bookings made by November 28, 2016
- Valid for travel between December 18, 2016, and January 6, 2017
- Only valid for travel originating in London
So, how good are the fares? You can fly roundtrip first class from London to New York for ~$2,250:
The same fare is available to Chicago:
You can fly to San Francisco for a few hundred dollars more:
There are plenty of other US destinations valid for this sale as well.
Now, I should note that I don’t love British Airways first class. It’s a huge step up over their business class, though in the past I’ve called British Airways first class the world’s best business class product. Many will find this fare sale totally worthwhile, while others won’t.
You can also earn a lot of miles for this type of fare. Just to give one example, I’m a big fan of Alaska Mileage Plan, and they award 250% redeemable and elite qualifying miles for British Airways first class when booked in the “A” fare class. That doesn’t include the elite mileage bonus they offer members, which ranges from 50% to 125%.
Hopefully some readers on the other side of the Atlantic can take advantage of these fares, as transatlantic first class doesn’t get much more reasonably priced than this.
(Tip of the hat to YHBU)