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Earlier today I wrote about a few good USA – Madrid Business Class fares that are available for travel into 2022 but while those fares are the best non-stop fares that I’ve spotted, AeroMexico has a few truly fantastic USA – Europe Business Class fares available for anyone willing to connect in Mexico City.
There may be a few more deals available on a number of other routes but these are the only routes with great Business Class fares that I’ve seen so far (if you find any more, please let me know in the comments and I’ll update this post).
Key Fare Rules
- Reservations must be made a minimum of 7 days before departure
- No mandatory Saturday night stay
- Maximum stay is 3 months
- Unlimited stopovers permitted at $50 each
- Tickets must be issued on/before 17 March 2021
- All travel must be complete by midnight on 9 December 2021*
*Even though the fare rules say that all travel must be complete by 9 December, good Business Class fares can still be found for travel after this date.
These are some of the better fares that I’ve found:
- Chicago – London from $1,844
- Chicago – Madrid from $1,419
- Chicago – Paris from $1,734
- Houston – Madrid from $1,503
- Los Angeles – London from $1,827
- Los Angeles – Madrid from $1,853
- Miami – Madrid from $1,484
- San Francisco – London from $1,844
If you want to see these fares priced up on Google Flights, click on the thumbnails below.
Be aware that some of the fares will appear to be more expensive when you view them in Google Flights calendar view but will price up as shown above when flights are selected (e.g LAX-LHR shows as $1,865 in calendar view but prices up at $1,827 when flights are selected).
Some of these fares are available for travel starting as early as this month, but as it’s unlikely that many people will be allowed to travel to Europe before the summer and as I suspect that a lot of readers will probably feel most comfortable booking travel for later in the year, I’m going to focus on the availability of these fares from September onwards.
The good news is that these fares are incredibly easy to find, they’re readily available for departures on multiple days of the week, and the best fares are available until at least December. On some routes, the prices mentioned above are available into February 2022.
Availability on all the highlighted routes is reasonably similar but to give you an idea of just how readily available these fares are, here’s what I see when I search Google Flights for a 7-day trip between Los Angeles and London for later this year:
The one big issue with these fares is that they all route through Mexico City so if you don’t like booking trips with layovers, these fares are not for you.
You can currently fly between Chicago and Madrid non-stop and in Business Class for $1,845 roundtrip (with Iberia) so if you’re happy to pay $400 more for your flights (or if you’d prefer to fly with a oneworld airline), the non-stop option looks better.
If, however, you’re just keen to get to Europe in comfort and at the cheapest possible price, a layover in Mexico City (in either direction) will be the price that you have to pay.
There’s good news and bad news here.
The bad news is that most (possibly all) of the flights between the United States and Mexico City will be operated by narrowbody aircraft. This means that, effectively, customers will be sitting in a cabin that’s similar to a domestic First Class cabin (i.e. no lie-flat seating).
The good news is that all of the dates that I’ve checked show Aeromexico operating its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on the transatlantic sectors, and this means that customers will be flying in a new all-aisle-access Business Class cabin with lie-flat beds and seats that offer plenty of personal space.
I’ve not had the opportunity to fly with Aeromexico so I can’t comment on the soft product, but the Business Class seats are something the airline can’t mess around with and they’re one of the better Business Class seats around.
Where To Credit The Flights
Based on the fares I’ve seen using the ITA Matrix search, it looks like these Aeromexico fares book into “I” class and as most TFM readers probably aren’t big fans of Aeromexico’s Club Premier program, it will be useful to know which other programs these fares can be credited to. Per the wheretocredit website, here’s the answer:
Aeromexico is a member of SkyTeam so for most readers the logical choice of program to credit these flights to will be Delta SkyMiles or Flying Blue but some may be tempted with Korean Air’s SkyPass.
Use The Best Credit Card To Book
The Platinum Card (review) and the Business Platinum Card offer the strongest options here as they both combine fantastic earnings (5 points/dollar) with good trip delay, interruption, and cancellation protection.
I’d choose the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card (review) as the second-best option because it combines a good earning rate (3 points/dollar) with the same good trip delay, interruption, and cancellation protections that the Platinum Cards offer, and the bonus points will be earned even if the spending isn’t made directly with an airline or through Amex Travel (this is the card to use when booking through 3rd party sites).
The Amex Green Card earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending (like the Sapphire Reserve) but doesn’t offer the same level of protection as the Platinum Card or the Sapphire Reserve, and although the Citi Prestige Card matches the Platinum Cards with its earnings of 5 points/dollar on spending made directly with airlines, the fact that it offers no travel protections at all makes it a considerably less appealing option.
Aeromexico is currently offering some very good Business Class fares for travel from five US cities (possibly more) to London, Paris, and Madrid. If you’re prepared to book travel (i.e. you feel that it’s safe for you to book) and if you’re happy to connect in Mexico City, these fares are definitely worth considering as some of them may well end up being among the best deals that we see for travel from the US to Europe this year.