Fare War: Great Business Class Fares For London – North America (Oneworld, Star Alliance & Sky Team)

British Airways New Club World Suite - Image courtesy of British Airways

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British Airways has been running a premium cabin sale offering some very good Business Class fares between the UK and North America since the end of February, but it now seems that a number of other airlines have joined the party and I’m seeing a lot of good deals being offered by the likes of Virgin Atlantic, United, Delta, Air France, and KLM.

The Business Class fares that I’m seeing include a mix of non-stop and one-stop itineraries and if you want to snag the very cheapest fares you may have to settle for a layover in Paris, Amsterdam or in a US gateway city…but there are some very good non-stop deals too.

Most of the cheapest fares that I have spotted are for travel towards the end of this year and into 2021 (I’m assuming that the Europe/USA travel ban that comes into force today will be a distant memory by then) but there are one or two good fares appearing for travel in the summer months too.

Below is a list of the better roundtrip Business Class fares that I’ve seen (arranged by alliance) but bear in mind that I haven’t checked every date combination in the calendar (obviously!) so there may be some even cheaper deals available.

The Fares

Oneworld Airlines

  • Atlanta – from £1,365
  • Boston – from £1,165
  • Calgary – from £1,569
  • Charleston – from £1,198
  • Chicago – from £1,165
  • Dallas – from £1,365
  • Denver – from £1,394
  • Houston – from £1,393
  • Los Angeles – from £1,571
  • Mexico City – from £1,405
  • Miami – from £1,365
  • Montreal – from £1,178
  • Nashville – from £1,165
  • New Orleans – from £1,194
  • New York – from £1,161
  • Phoenix – from £1,389
  • San Francisco – from £1,570
  • Seattle – from £1,594
  • Toronto – from £1,146
  • Vancouver – from £1,569
  • Washington D.C. – from £1,165
British Airways New Club World Suite - Image courtesy of British Airways
New British Airways Business Class (most easily found on the London – New York route)

Star Alliance Airlines

  • Atlanta – from £1,396
  • Boston – from £1,179
  • Calgary – from £1,567
  • Charleston – from £1,199
  • Chicago – from £1,179
  • Dallas – from £1,396
  • Denver – from £1,377
  • Houston – from £1,393
  • Las Vegas – from £1,577
  • Los Angeles – from £1,580
  • Mexico City – from £1,417
  • Miami – from £1,379
  • Montreal – from £1,163
  • Nashville – from £1,165
  • New Orleans – from £1,198
  • New York – from £1,179
  • San Francisco – from £1,579
  • Seattle – from £1,594
  • Toronto – from £1,158
  • Vancouver – from £1,569
  • Washington D.C. – from £1,170
United Polaris Business Class – Image United Airlines

Sky Team Airlines + Virgin Atlantic

  • Atlanta – from £1,340
  • Boston – from £1,140
  • Calgary – from £1,570
  • Charleston – from £1,159
  • Chicago – from £1,142
  • Dallas – from £1,358
  • Denver – from £1,359
  • Detroit – from £1,441
  • Houston – from £1,340
  • Las Vegas – from £1,541
  • Los Angeles – from £1,541
  • Mexico City – from £1,412
  • Miami – from £1,354
  • Montreal – from £1,120
  • Nashville – from £1,156
  • New Orleans – from £1,158
  • New York – from £1,141
  • San Francisco – from £1,540
  • Seattle – from £1,543
  • Toronto – from £1,175
  • Vancouver – from £1,569
  • Washington D.C. – from £1,103
Virgin Atlantic New Upper Class found on the Airbus A350

Quick Thoughts

While we often see cheaper deals than these for departures out of mainland Europe and the Nordic countries, these fares are very good for departures out of the UK.

Extra savings can almost certainly be made by starting your journey in Inverness (where APD does not apply) but this may add considerable time to your journey.

With British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both offering their newest Business Class products on select routes to the US, United offering Polaris Business class between London and New York, Delta offering its Delta One suites on select itineraries that route through Europe and with Air France and KLM offering some great reverse herringbone Business Class cabins, there’s a lot of scope here to enjoy some very good Business Class products…you just have to be selective with the flights you choose (SearGuru.com is a useful site to use if you’d like to see the various cabin arrangements that the airlines offer).

Bottom Line

You’ll have little difficulty finding the very cheapest deals if you can be a little flexible with your travel dates and if you’re prepared to make a stopover (possibly only in one direction) but you should still be able to find some very nice fares even if you insist on flying non-stop.

As always, make sure you book your fares with a credit card that will earn you the best effective rebate and, considering the current climate, make sure you have travel insurance to back you up should your plans change unexpectedly.

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