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While Business Class fares from the US to Europe can be quite expensive, one of the better ways to get good value can be to book a flight & hotel package deal through one of the airlines. Booking deals like this through American Airlines vacations has long been a good way to save quite a bit on Business Class fares and now British Airways has a promotion that looks good too.
London Luxury For Less
British Airways is offering package deals between the US and London that start at $2,199 per person and which include roundtrip Business Class flights as well as 3 nights at a 4 star hotel.
If you’d prefer to book your own accommodation (possibly with points) then the flight & car deals which start at $2,319 per person (for Business Class flights and 7 days car rental) may be of more interest.
The offer doesn’t give you a large booking window so don’t delay if this is something you think may interest you.
- Book by 11:59pm PDT on 23 October 2017 (Monday)
- Travel between 1 December 2017 and 31 March 2018 (all travel must be complete by the end of march)
- Promotion only valid on British Airways and American Airlines operated flights
Luxury Flight & Hotel Packages (Examples)
The above are based on roundtrip Business Class flights and 3 nights double occupancy at the Doubletree Westminster. All taxes and fees included.
A quick search revealed that prices for these packages appear to best right around the holidays in late December and at the beginning of January as, in early December, I’m seeing prices in excess of $3,000pp for departures from New York and for stays at very average hotels…..but make sure you do a thorough search in case I’ve missed something.
But, just to prove the better deals are available, here’s an example of a 3-nigth stay at the advertised rate (which I found completely by chance!)
That’s actually a very good deal for Business Class flights and very central hotel in London.
Luxury Flight & Car Rental Packages (Examples)
These prices are based on roundtrip business class flights & 7 days car rental (type E, manual car) with 2 people travelling on same itinerary. All taxes and fees included.
I actually prefer these deals as….
- They allow you to book a hotel of your choice rather than being forced to choose one from a list that BA provides
- It gives you the opportunity to use any rewards points you may with the various hotel chains
- You’re guaranteed to enjoy hotel status benefits if you book the hotel direct rather than through BA
- You’re guaranteed to earn points towards future award nights and credit towards hotel status if you book independently of BA.
The good deals are available (and not just advertised as available) as you can see from the screenshot above but there is one slight issue…..who needs a rental car if you’re just visiting London?
Parking in London is a nightmare and expensive so, if you’re only flying over for a few days and aren’t going to be traveling outside the capital I would be tempted not to pick the car up at all.
This shouldn’t in any way invalidate your flights and will probably end up saving you a lot of money in parking fees.
Make sure you play around with your flight options when booking these trips as you’ll have a far better Business Class seat if you book your flight on an American Airlines aircraft rather than on operated by British Airways.
American Airlines 777-200 Business Class
You shouldn’t have to pay any more to select American Airlines flights but, even if you do, a little extra is probably worth it to get American’s reverse herringbone Business Class seats rather than the 1990’s relics BA has in Club World.
If you have a good look around there are some good deals to be had here…as long as you can make the dates work for you.
Before you book make sure you check how much stand-alone fares are with other airlines just to make sure you’re getting a good deal (there can be some fantastic Business Class deals to be found around the holidays) and make sure you consider if you could save money by using some hotel points to book your accommodation.