While this won’t be useful to everyone, this is an insanely good deal that I can’t not share. Per this FlyerTalk thread, Ethiopian has published some crazy low business class fares from Bangkok to Toronto. You can fly roundtrip refundable business class for $770 (select “Cloud 9 Deluxe” rather than “Cloud 9 Restricted,” since it’s only marginally more but gives you a lot more flexibility).
The total roundtrip fare is 26470THB, or ~770USD.
The fare books into the “D” fare class — you can see here as to how many miles you’d earn for that fare class with various frequent flyer programs. For most Star Alliance programs you’ll earn anywhere between 125% and 200% elite qualifying miles. The itinerary covers a distance of ~23,000 flown miles, so you can earn up to ~46,000 elite qualifying miles with some programs for an itinerary like this. That’s a lot of miles.
Keep in mind that this itinerary routes through Addis Ababa, which is why the flown distance is so long.
Unfortunately one-way fares price out significantly higher than roundtrips, so this is best for roundtrips only.
All segments are operated by the 787, which at a minimum have angled seats in business class. Many 787s now even have fully flat beds, so it’s a fairly good product. Here’s my review of Ethiopian’s old 787 business class product between Beijing and Addis Ababa.
I can’t imagine this fare will last, so I’d recommend booking sooner rather than later, if you’re interested.
Anyone plan to take advantage of this great deal?
(Tip of the hat to MightyTravels and zoqfotpik)