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The past couple of years we’ve seen a massive increase in the number of discounted business class fares that airlines publish. It used to be that a $2,000 roundtrip transatlantic business class fare was exceptional, while nowadays it’s quite common. As a result, the standard of the deals that are worth sharing has changed.
While this won’t be for everyone, at the moment SkyTeam has some exceptionally good roundtrip business class fares from Europe to Asia, starting at ~$1,000 roundtrip. Specifically, these fares seem to be valid for travel from Warsaw, and the best fares seem to be to China.
InsideFlyer has a breakdown of some of the excellent fares we’re seeing out of Warsaw, as follows:
- Chengdu from 785EUR
- Xiamen from 848EUR
- Fuzhou from 996EUR
- Beijing from 1,295EUR
- Guangzhou from 1,299EUR
- Seoul from 1,300EUR
- Shanghai from 1,309EUR
- Hong Kong from 1,368EUR
The fares seem to be valid for travel through the end of the schedule, and there’s a Saturday night minimum stay required.
Longhaul travel seems to be available on Air France, KLM, Xiamen, and China Southern, though for many of these fares the ticket needs to be booked as a China Southern codeshare flight.
For example, there’s this roundtrip ticket from Warsaw to Chengdu on KLM the whole way, with the longhaul flights on their beautiful 787s featuring reverse herringbone seats:
Or there’s this Warsaw to Xiamen fare, with the outbound flight on Xiamen Air and the return flight on KLM:
Do keep in mind that if you’re crediting to Delta SkyMiles, you’ll earn miles based on the airline marketing your flight, and not the airline operating your flight.
Availability is wide open using these fares, and you can search on either Google Flights or ITA Matrix. Then when it’s time to book, you can typically get a slightly cheaper fare by booking through momondo.com (though in some cases they use some shady travel agencies, so if you need to change your ticket this could be more complicated).
If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earn. The Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.
Man, I’m tempted to position to Warsaw to take advantage of one of these fares, as I’d love to review KLM’s 787 business class.
Anyone considering taking advantage of one of these great fares?
(Tip of the hat to InsideFlyer)