While the cost of economy airfare seems to constantly be on the rise, the trend for premium cabin airfare seems to be exactly the opposite. We’re seeing a much larger range between the cheapest and most expensive premium cabin fares. In my experience, many business class fares are as low as they’ve ever been, as the airlines attempt to sell seats rather than aspiring to only sell full fare tickets and then upgrading passengers to those empty seats.
There’s no area where this has been more evident than for summer travel to Europe. It’s a great time to travel to Europe given the strength of the US Dollar, though economy airfare is still pretty pricey.
That being said, we’ve seen some great business class fares for travel to Europe this summer. I don’t think anything can beat the ~$1,000 per person business class fares we saw on oneworld between New York and Paris this summer.
If you’re a SkyTeam flyer or wanting to travel from somewhere other than New York, Delta has some great business class fares to London Heathrow this summer. Delta has business class fares out of many US markets to London for under $2,000 roundtrip including all taxes, fees, and surcharges (including the pricey UK APD).
For example, I see the fare out of Seattle:
And out of Boston:
And out of Dallas:
And out of Tampa:
And out of Charlotte:
And that’s just a small sampling of the cities out of which this fare is valid.
The basic fare rules of the tickets are as follows:
- Valid for outbound travel through October 31, 2015
- 7 day minimum stay
- Reservations required at least 14 days before departure
The fare seems to just be valid on Delta metal, though Delta features fully flat beds on all their routes to London Heathrow.
They primarily fly 767s to London, which feature their forward facing staggered business class product.
While it’s not my favorite hard product, it’s perfectly acceptable for the short flight, and Delta does generally have very good catering and service.
Meanwhile oneworld continues to have excellent business class fares from the East Coast to Paris. For example, Philadelphia to Paris is bookable for ~$1,700 roundtrip, though that fare can be lowered quite a bit beyond that using a couple of tricks.
Based on the strength of the US Dollar, this is the summer where you want to travel to Europe. And the number of great business class fares we’ve seen make that all the more attractive. If you’re a SkyTeam flyer this is a heck of a deal, given that some of these business class fares are only a few hundred dollars more than economy.