Europe – USA Business Class For $1,369 Roundtrip!


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There’s a very specific Business Class flight that I’ve been wanting to try out for at least a decade but the trip has simply never happened. Either the fares have been way too high or the good deals have been on offer at times when I already had other plans….but now I’ve finally booked it!

I don’t spend all that much time on Flyertalk nowadays but because I’m still coming to grips with all the intricacies of having British Airways status I visit the BAEC Flyertalk page from time to time – it’s definitely one of the more useful forums I’ve found.

I wasn’t searching for any amazing deals on my last visit but because the “BA Tier Point Runs” thread is usually entertaining (it’s amazing what routings some people undertake) I clicked on it to see what people were talking about.

One of the first posts I noticed was by Cazziebee and it was offering up a Business Class routing that included the British Airways London City Airport – JFK all business class flight that I’ve been wanting to experience for years.

Not only was the routing not overly arduous (I can’t be bothered with hugely complicated routings nowadays) but the fare was nothing short of fantastic!

Under $1,400 for a roundtrip Business Class fare between Europe and the US is an amazing deal in itself, but the fact that the fare includes a flight I’ve been wanting to try out for so long makes it out of this world!

I should point out (for those who aren’t familiar with the flight) that BA1 from London City Airport to JFK isn’t an especially comfortable flight (it’s still BA Business Class after all), the cabin is set out in a 2-2 layout (the aircraft is an Airbus A318) and I’m told that there isn’t a lot of privacy if you have someone in the seat next to you….but this is still a very iconic flight.

There have been rumors going around that BA1’s days may be numbered (apparently the economics of the flight may not be working all that well) so I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get the chance to try it out…well it looks like I will.

As long as BA doesn’t axe the route before next summer I’ll be onboard in July and finally checking off a long-held aviation wish.

There was one small negative to the flights I’ve booked – I couldn’t get flights for dates that worked for me and that I could price up with BA flight numbers.

What this means is that I’ve had to book the trip through American Airlines (and with AA flight numbers) so I won’t earn quite as many Avios as I would have done had I booked through BA….but at least I don’t miss out on Tier points.

I can’t end this post on a negative so I’ll also mention that my flight from Miami to London is on a British Airways 747 and I’ve got a great seat on the upper deck. It’s been a while since I’ve flown in Business Class on the “Queen of the Skies” and with opportunities to do so rapidly diminishing it’s great that I get to experience it one more time.

All in all this trip should net me 440 Tier Points and a little over 24,000 Avios so that’s not a bad haul for a trip I can’t wait to take (and wasn’t expecting to take) 🙂

If anyone else thinks this is a deal they’d be interested in I’m happy to report that, at the time of writing, the fare shown above is still available (although availability is getting worse) and there are variations on this routing which will earn more tier points….but they’re also involve a lot more flying.

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