More Great Oneworld First Class Fares From Europe To The US

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Lately we’ve seen more and more great international first class fares. It used to be that airlines would consistently discount business class tickets but that first class fare sales were rare, but that has been changing. Nowadays it’s not unusual to see transatlantic first class fares of $2,500 or less, especially if traveling roundtrip from Europe to the US (rather than the other way around)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some great American and British Airways first class fares valid for travel from many European gateways to the US. Well, there are some more great fares for this summer, for anyone looking to travel from Europe to the US.

SecretFlying notes that American and British Airways have very attractive first class fares for travel in July and August. To get the fares you have to originate in Oslo and then return to Stockholm, Gothenburg, or Hamburg (so you’ll want to use the multi-city feature on ITA Matrix or Google Flights). There are great fares to several US cities, though Miami is among the most attractive options.


American’s 777-300ER first class

Just to give a couple of examples, you can fly from Oslo to Miami to Stockholm in first class for ~$2,270:

Or you could fly from Oslo to Los Angeles to Stockholm in first class for ~$2,490:

These tickets are a great opportunity to earn lots of miles. For example, Alaska Mileage Plan awards 450% redeemable miles for flights in British Airways first class, not factoring in any elite bonuses (you’ll need the flight to actually be on British Airways rather than American to earn miles at that rate). Then MVP Gold 75K members earn a 125% mileage bonus, meaning you could earn as many as 575% redeemable miles for such a ticket, which is incredible.

For example, a roundtrip ticket to Los Angeles would earn about 50,000 redeemable Alaska miles without elite status, and I value those miles at ~$1,000.


British Airways’ A380 first class

These tickets issue on American ticket stock, so if you’re crediting to American AAdvantage, unfortunately you’ll earn redeemable miles and elite qualifying dollars based on how much you spend rather than how many miles you fly.

I should mention that you can’t use the British Airways Visa Card or AARP discounts on these fares, since tickets don’t originate in the US.

If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earnThe 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.

Is anyone considering taking advantage of one of these great first class fares?

(Tip of the hat to Andrew B)

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Comments

  1. The images aren’t matching your text. They’re for flights to China on KLM or China Southern in business… not the US in first…

  2. Are these deals round trip only? Or could you fly to Europe on an award and then book a cheap return with one of these fares?

  3. @Morley, pictures were just an example, you can get flights on BA metal and try to credit to AS as Lucky stated. YMMV, of course.

  4. Has anyone checked if these are bookable as bulk tickets on Amex, Citi, or Chase to earn EQDs based on mileage flown?

  5. Ben, I’m wondering if you put your AS number at the time that make the booking or leave in blank and follow up after the flight??

    Which is better?? Because in practice AS credit it but by rules (on their site) they aren’t suppose to.

  6. Not a very nice looking product 🙁 Also, too many stories about the bedbug issue. Until BA comes out and acknowledges they have a problem and how they are going to fix it, I want nothing to do with them. Yuck!

  7. Is it worth the upsell from the great business fares when starting from FRA looking mainly at the product?
    I might throw in another trip to LAX but have no experience with AA/BA first. Is it really just like a better Business product?

  8. These fares are also available through BA, so therefore on BA ticket stock which might help with maximising points/ miles earnings. I’m looking at the MIA option but routing through BOS/PHL to squeeze out a few more Tier points 🙂

  9. Those are indeed great fares and I have bought a RT through aa.com (on AA ticket stock and routing is ATH-LAX-ARN. I just found out that I might have a conflict of dates and called AA to see my options. The answer was shocking. The really kind and competent agent, who called the rate desk to verify it, told me that it was a “use it or lose it” ticket with no possibility of changes (voluntary) and even cancel it, pay a penalty, and use it for future dates. There is basically no flexibility. Just a head up! Don’t buy it till you are 110% sure that you can go!

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