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Today is the last day to book the fantastic oneworld Business Class fares on offer between Germany and the West Coast but, if you need more time to make plans or if those fares don’t work for you, you now also have the option to start your journey in Sweden.
American Airlines/British Airways/Finnair have put together some pretty good Business Class fares for travel between Sweden and Los Angeles/San Francisco/Seattle for the second half of 2019 and with availability looking pretty good you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding dates that work for you.
Headline Fare Rules
- Book by 31 January 2019
- Saturday night stay required
- Maximum stay is 12 months
- Unlimited stopovers allowed in Europe at €150 each
The fare rules also suggest that its available in April 2019 but I couldn’t find any good prices for travel before July 2019 – you may have better luck.
All the good fares I have found are for departures out of Gothenburg or Stockholm and the trips generally route through London or Helsinki….which isn’t all that surprising considering these are oneworld fares.
Here’s an example of a routing:
Note: To achieve the very best fares you may have to arrive back into a different airport from the one from which you departed.
Roundtrip Business Class Prices
- Los Angeles – From $1,659
- San Francisco – From $1,763
- Seattle – From $1,845
Availability for all the fares is pretty similar so I’m going to use the results for my Gothenburg/Stockholm – LAX search to illustrate what you can expect to find.
I couldn’t find any good fares before the summer months but, once July comes around, things start to look good:
The good fares continue into August….
…but rise a bit in September….
….before falling back slightly at the end of October….
….and bottoming out in November…..
Be careful when selecting flights as not all are equal. Where possible (and where the routing isn’t too long) you should try to book on to the Finnair Airbus A350…..
….or an American Airlines 777…..
…as they both offer considerably better Business Class cabins than you’ll find on any of BA’s current aircraft.
Sadly this will not always be possible so you may have to “settle” for BA Business Class….but that’s still going to be a whole lot better than Economy/Premium Economy.
Finding The Fares
You can use Google Flights to find these fares if that’s the search you’re used to using but I prefer to use the Matrix Search as it seems to show more flight options.
Here’s an example of the search parameters I used to find some of these fares….
…but clearly you’ll need to tailor these to match your desired dates, destination, currency etc…
Booking The Fares
You can’t book the fares via the Matrix search so, once you’ve found dates that work for you, you should book via the route which is most beneficial to you.
By this I mean….
- If you’re using a credit card that gives you a bonus for booking directly with an airline you should make sure you book via British Airways or American Airlines.
- If you’re using a credit card that gives you a bonus for all travel bookings booking you should be safe booking through most online travel agents or the airlines directly.
- If you’re planning to credit your flights to American Airlines you should bear in mind that you’ll earn more Elite Qualifying Dollars by booking with British Airways
- If you’re planning to credit your flights to the British Airways Executive Club you should bear in mind that BAEC elite status holders will earn more Avios by booking with British Airways
Where To Credit The Flights
Most of you probably know this already but I’ll repeat it briefly for anyone new to this hobby – British Airways and American Airlines are both members of the oneworld alliance and so these fares can be credited to any oneworld loyalty program.
I suspect that most readers will be crediting these flights to the British Airways Executive Club (where you’ll earn at least 360 Tier points from just one trip) or to the American Airlines Executive Club where you’ll earn Elite Qualifying Miles & Dollars as well as Redeemable Miles based on the distance travelled (booking these fares via British Airways can be a very nice way to boost your progress to AAdvantage elite status).
If you’re not sure where to credit you flights you should take a look at the wheretocredit site which will give you all the information you need.
The most impressive fare is the one to Los Angeles but the other fares on offer aren’t too bad either so there’s a good choice to be had here.
Last year wasn’t a great one for Business Class fares to/from the west coast but, so far, 2019 looks like it will live up to the precedent set by 2017….and that’s very good news for us.