Various airlines from all three alliances are offering cheap roundtrip Business Class flights between the United States and Europe. Prices are sub $2,000, the bottom of the range starting around $1,800. Travel dates are available throughout the summer and continue, in many cases, to the end of the schedule. If you’re interested, book now, as these fares are going fast.
You might be able to save even more with an AARP discount, or 10% discount for booking with a British Airways card. Check out this Frequent Miler post for more info.
- When are the cheap fares?
- Mileage Earning
- Baggage Allowance
- Best Way to Buy the Ticket
Sub $2k Roundtrips in Business from Various US Cities to London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, and Possibly More…
The easiest way to see the cheap fares is on Google Flights. The cheap fares can be found through the summer in May, June, July and August, and continuing on through the end of the schedule in spurts. There looks to be more SkyTeam availability than anything. Cheap fares flying oneworld are the least common, but I saw some out of Pittsburgh and Detroit.
I brought up the following calendar of prices between Detroit and London on Google Flights. There are many sub $2k roundtrips on American Airlines and British Airways:
Frequent Miler has examples of city pairs, but this deal is available across many cities throughout the United States (mainly from the midwest and eastward) to destinations all over Europe.
Remember you don’t have to credit miles earned to the airline’s program that you’re flying. Here’s how the process of crediting to a partner works.
If you book a United flight, read Where to Credit Butt in Seat Miles: Flying United Airlines to learn more about which Star Alliance airline is the most advantageous to credit your miles to.
Premier Qualifying Segments, Premier Qualifying Dollars, and Premier Qualifying Miles earned will vary by route. Learn more about potential earnings on united.com.
If you book an American Airlines flight, assuming you have no status, you’ll earn 5 American Airlines miles per dollar spent. For this ticket that means you’ll earn about 10,000 redeemable miles ($2,000 x 5).
Crediting to Alaska Airlines is probably a better idea if you’re flying American and trying to rake in more redeemable miles…
Elite Qualifying Segments, Elite Qualifying Dollars, and Elite Qualifying Miles earned will vary by route. Learn more about potential earnings on aa.com.
Crediting to Alaska is an especially good idea if you’re flying British Airways and want more redeemable miles…
If you book a Delta flight, Medallion Qualifying Segments, Medallion Qualifying Dollars, and Medallion Qualifying Miles earned will vary by route. Learn more about potential earnings on delta.com. If you’re more concerned with redeemable miles, check out Where to Credit Butt-In-Seat Miles Flying Delta.
If you book a United flight, you’ll get two checked bags up to 70 lbs each for free, as well as free carry-on, and a free personal item.
If you book an American Airlines flight, you get a free personal item, free carry on, and two free checked bags up to 70 pounds each included in the ticket price.
If you book a British Airways flight, you get a free personal item, free carry on, and two free checked bags up to 70 pounds each included in the ticket price.
If you book a Delta flight, you get a free personal item, free carry on, and two free checked bags up to 70 pounds each included in the ticket price.
Best Way to Buy the Ticket
If you have enough Membership Rewards, you should buy this ticket by Paying with Points (through the Amex Travel Portal) if you have the American Express Business Platinum card, which gives you a 50% rebate. If you Pay with Points, you’ll effectively be getting 2 cents of value per point on all Business/First fares after that rebate. A $2,000 roundtrip Business Class fare to Europe would be 100,000 Membership Rewards, which is less than the 115,000 to 140,000 legacy airline miles you’d pay for such a flight. Not to mention the 100,000 Membership Rewards is all you’d pay. With traditional miles, you’d pay taxes of $100 to $300 on the award. You’d even earn redeemable miles as well as elite qualifying segments/dollars/miles on the trip, which you wouldn’t if you were redeeming miles on the ticket as an award.
If you don’t have an American Express Business Platinum/enough Membership Rewards to Pay with Points through the Amex Travel Portal, buy it with an Amex Platinum card for 5x earnings. Don’t have one those either? Check out the Best Credit Card to Buy Airfare.
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Hat Tip Frequent Miler