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British Airways has first class fare sales with some frequency. While British Airways’ first class isn’t great (I’ve often called it the world’s best business class, but I’m not even sure that’s accurate anymore), flying British Airways first class is a great opportunity to earn lots of miles.
At the moment American and British Airways have a widespread first class fare sale for travel between various points in Europe and various points in the US. There are great first class fares originating in Budapest, Gothenburg, Oslo, Porto, Prague, etc. There are so many options to choose from, and we’re seeing great fares to many US gateway cities.
For example, you can fly roundtrip first class from Budapest to New York for ~2,250USD:
Or roundtrip first class from Budapest to Los Angeles for ~2,570USD:
Or roundtrip first class from Gothenburg to Honolulu for ~2,800USD:
For what it’s worth, these fares don’t seem to allow stopovers, have a Saturday night minimum stay requirement, and travel has to be completed by August 31, 2018.
You can use ITA Matrix and Google Flights to find these fares. Then if you want to potentially save even more on the cost of a ticket you can book through Momondo, as they often have lower fares. However, do be aware that if you need to make changes or in the event of irregular operations this could complicate things slightly, since they link to some obscure OTAs.
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 from Budapest to Los Angeles would earn about 50,000 redeemable Alaska miles without elite status, and I value those miles at ~$1,000.
Furthermore, 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 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.
Anyone considering taking advantage of some of these great British Airways fares?