Deal: Fly Europe – Shanghai In Business Class For Less Than $1,700 Roundtrip

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There’s a very good Business Class fare available right now for travel between Brussels and Shanghai and if you’re a fan of collecting status credits on oneworld airlines (or earning redeemable miles on oneworld airlines) this is a deal which may interest you.

British Airways is currently offering roundtrip Business Class fares from as low as $1,676 roundtrip for travel between Brussels and Shanghai and the great prices are available for most months through to the end of the current booking period.

Headline Fare Rules

  • Reservations required a minimum of 28 days in advance of travel
  • A Saturday night stay is required
  • Maximum stay is 12 months
  • No stopovers permitted
  • Flights must be booked on/before 12 June 2019
  • Tickets may be issued by British Airways or Iberia

Routing & Flights

As this is a British Airways fare that’s being discussed it’s not surprising to see the fare routing take passengers through London Heathrow…

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…but the bonus here is that that there’s only a very short-flight on which passengers have to put up with a short-haul Business Class cabin.

Fare Availability

With the 28-day advance purchase requirement the best deals don’t appear much before the beginning of July and, between July and the end of October, the best roundtrip Business Class fares appear to hover around $1,710:

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From the 28 October 2019 through to the end of the current booking period a roundtrip fare of $1,676 is available for departures on the overwhelming majority of days:

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Searching For & Booking The Fare

The screenshots you see above are from Google Flights and that’s probably the easiest tool to use to find a selection of flights that may work for you.

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If you already know which dates you’d like to travel there’s no reason not to head straight to where the fares are equally easy to find:

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Here’s the Euro to USD conversion just to confirm the cost:a screenshot of a phone

Where To Credit The Flights

As British Airways is a member of the oneworld alliance this fare can be credited to any oneworld loyalty program…but I suspect most readers will be crediting to the BAEC or the American Airlines AAdvantage program.

The number of Avios you’ll earn will depend on your status, but the minimum on offer should be 18,658. All flyers crediting these flights to BA will earn 280 Tier Points towards BA Executive Club status.

If you decide to credit these flights to American Airlines you’ll earn Elite Qualifying Miles based on the distance flown and should net around 23,900 EQM.

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You’ll earn Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) based on the distance traveled (approximately 2,987 EQD) and Redeemable Miles (RDM) based on a combination of the distance traveled and your American Airlines status.

If you’re not sure where to credit you flights you should probably check out the wheretocredit website which will give you all the information you need.

Bottom Line

Ok, so the fare is for travel in British Airways Business Class so it’s not goingto be as popular or as glamorous as a great fare on Qatar Airways Business Class….but this is still a pretty good deal and it’s still a fare which can give your quest for BA or AA elite status a very nice boost.

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  1. This is a decent fare, but British Airway’s Business is not too dissimilar to other airlines’ Premium Economy Products, which are usually significantly cheaper than this and potentially without the stop (i.e. Hainan).

    • I dislike BA Business Class as much as anyone (when comparing it to premium Business Class cabins) but I don’t agree that it’s similar to other airlines’ Premium Economy products. For a start, no Premium Economy product offers a flatbed and that’s a huge difference between Business Class and PE.

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