FARE ALERT: JFK – Moscow Business Class From Just $1,735 [SkyTeam]


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Delta and a number of its SkyTeam partners have posted a fantastic Business Class fare for travel between New York JFK and Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Roundtrip flights start from around $1,735 and there are a number of different routings to choose from.

Headline Fare Rules

  • Travel 1 September 2019 through 20 April 2020
  • Reservations needed at least 7 days before departure
  • A Saturday night stay is required
  • Maximum stay is 12 months
  • No stopovers permitted
  • Tickets must be issued on or before 31 May 2019

Note: Just because the rules say the fare will be around through 31 May doesn’t mean that it can’t be pulled before then – if you find flights that work for you don’t wait too long before you book.

Routing

With Delta, Air France, KLM, Alitalia and Aeroflot all offering flights included within this fare there are a number of routing options but none inclue a non-stop service. The choice of primary carrier across the Atlantic will decide wheter you connect in Amsterdam, Paris or Rome.

Make sure you’re careful which flights you choose as the aircraft on offer differ significantly. Air France offers a great Business Class cabin on its 777’s (for example) but its 380s (which also operate out of JFK) offer a comparatively poor product.

Delta offers its Airbus A330 aircraft on its routes out of JFK to Amsterdam and Rome and the reverse herringbone Business Class cabin on offer on these aircraft is a solid option to have.

Image courtesy of Delta

Alitalia also offers a good all-aisle-access Business Class product on its 777s operating between JFK and Rome and the seating in the cabin is very similar to the seats in Etihad’s 777s.

Etihad Business Class 777-300
Etihad Business Class 777-300

Fare Availability

As per the fare rules the great deals aren’t available until September 2019 (don’t just focus on the numbers in orange)….

,,,,but they’re then pretty easy to find all the way through to April 2020:

Searching For 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 these fares:

Booking The Flights

All the flights I’ve found via the Matrix search tool are easy to find through Google Flights once you know what dates you’re looking for….

…and they seem to be equally easy to find through the Delta…

…Air France…

….and Alitalia websites too:

Bear in mind that some credit cards only offer bonus points for booking directly with an airline (like the Platinum Card from American Express) so make sure you don’t use an OTA if you plan on using such a card.

Where To Credit The Flights

Delta, Air France, Alitalia, and KLM are members of SkyTeam so there are a good number of loyalty programs to which you can credit these flights.

Booking this fare through Delta, for example, will see you book “Z” coded fares…

…and, according to wheretocredit.com, this is what those fares will earn you (depending on where you credit the flights):

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The fare code will vary depending on which airline you book through so make sure you look through each of the tables carefully before deciding how to book your fare and where to credit it to…..and make sure you understand how credits towards elite status will work too.

Bottom Line

This is a seriously good fare for travel between New York and Moscow and the fact that there are a number of routing options and a number of different carriers to choose from makes it just a little bit better.

It’s a shame that the shorter sectors in whichever itinerary you choose are flown using short-haul aircraft (intra-Europe short-haul Business Class is nothing to get excited about) but some of the long-haul cabins offered across the Atlantic are very good indeed.

Any readers plan on making the most of this fare?

Featured image courtesy of Michael Parulava via Unsplash

1 COMMENT

  1. This is a really good fare with some terrific connecting options. However, be forewarned the Russia VISA process can be difficult and expensive. The consulates office often issues the VISA in the last 48 hours before your scheduled departure and it can be a very frustrating experience.

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