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UPDATE: These fares are already starting to disappear so book or place flights on hold asap
The oneworld airlines that make up one of the transatlantic joint ventures are currently offering amazingly good Business Class fares for travel between Amsterdam and a large number of North American cities.
With fares to Canada from $1,065, fares to the East Coast from ~$1,144 and fares to the West Coast from ~$1,195 it’s rare to find transatlantic deals better than this.
The Fare Rules
- Travel Monday – Thursday
- Travel 14 April – 30 May 2019 & 25 June – 6 September 2019
- Bookings must be made by 3 April 2019
- Reservations must be made at least 28 days before departure
- A Saturday night stay is required
- Maximum stay is 12 months
- No stopovers allowed
Here are some of the roundtrip Business Class fares you’ll find available right now:
- Boston – $1,144
- Chicago – $1,101
- Dallas – $1,246
- Las Vegas – $1,196
- Los Angeles – $1,195
- Miami – $1,229
- Montreal – $1,122
- New Orleans – $1,259
- New York – $1,155
- San Diego – $1,192
- San Francisco – $1,187
- San Jose – $1,249
- Seattle – $1,298
- Toronto – $1,065
- Vancouver – $1,334
- Washington D.C. – $1,189
Great deals to other cities in North America may also be available
Within the dates specified in the fare rules (above) availability is pretty good and, as of today, the better fares tend to start on or around the 18th of April:
Finding These Fares
The easiest way to find these fares is probably by using the ITA Matrix search facility as it’s likely to offer you a far broader range of flights than Google Flights.
Here’s an example of the search parameters I used:
As you can’t book the fares through Matrix you should find dates that work for you and then head over to Google Flights or your preferred OTA and book through there.
I used SkyScanner.com and found all the fares with ease.
Things You Need To Know
If You Need To Book Direct With An Airline
Most of the itineraries I’ve seen involve a combination of airlines which may mean that the individual airline sites don’t offer up the fares when you search for them.
If you’re booking these fares using a credit card that offers a bonus only when you book directly with an airline you should search for the flights on Google Flights and then, as Google will probably suggest, call up the airline with the details provided.
Pay Attention To The Routings
To get the most out of your Business Class experience you should make sure that you keep any flights on narrow-body aircraft as short as possible (as they will mostly offer a regular short-haul Business Class seat) and maximise your time on wide-body aircraft….like this:You may have to pay a little more but it will be worth it.
Pay Attention To The Airlines Operating The Flights
You’ll find the best Business Class seats on the American Airlines 777-300ER aircraft and the Finnair A350 while the weakest Business Class seats will be on offer by British Airways.
A lot of varying itineraries will cost the same but the Business Class cabin your booking will vary significantly – make sure you check what aircraft you’re booking before you hand over your credit card details.
These fares are too good to hang around for long so availability is likely to drop very, very quickly – if you see a fare you like and find dates that work for you I suggest booking it asap or at least putting it on hold while you make whatever other arrangements you need to.