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The British Airways luxury sale ends at midnight (UK time) tomorrow and, while the British Airways website has been concentrating on promoting some of the airline’s better deals out of London, it turns out that there are some much better Business Class deals for departures out of Inverness.
The Fare Rules
You’ll almost certainly find some good Business Class deals available to North America for travel in 2019 but the very best deals I found were for early 2020….and here are the associated rules.
- Travel 3 January through 29 March 2020
- Book on/by 26 March 2019
- Outbound travel must commence on Tue, Wed or Thur
- Inbound travel must commence on Mon, Tue or Wed
- Saturday night stay required
- Maximum stay is 12 months
- No stopovers permitted
Pricing & Routing
Here’s a summary of the best roundtrip fares I found for roundtrip Business Class travel between Inverness and various cities in North America:
- Atlanta – £1,357
- Austin – £1,457
- Chicago – £1,357
- Dallas – £1,331
- Denver – £1,357
- Las Vegas – £1,431
- Los Angeles – £1,431
- Miami – £1,331
- Montreal – £1,243
- Nashville – £1,258
- New Orleans – £1,231
- New York – £1,123
- Phoenix – £1,438
- Pittsburgh – £1,357
- San Diego – £1,331
- San Francisco – £1,231
- San Jose – £1,231
- Seattle – £1,331
- Toronto – £1,340
- Washington D.C. – £1,231
You won’t find these deals on the low fare finder section of the BA website (that page focuses on departures from London) but the deals are definitely there.
Here’s a fantastic fare for roundtrip travel to San Jose:
And, just in case you’d prefer to book through American Airlines, here’s the same deal shown on AA.com:
As it’s unlikely that many readers are actually based in Inverness its worth pointing out that, although you’ll need to depart from Inverness to get the best deals, you don’t have to fly back to Scotland to keep the fares down.
Here’s an itinerary showing a fare to New York which terminates in London….
…and here, once again, is the fantastic deal to San Jose with the trip terminating at Heathrow:
Note: make sure you check out the prices of offer if you book your flights as part of a package with a hotel and/or car as, rather amazingly, a package can sometimes work out cheaper than a standalone flight.
Where To Credit The Flights
Most of you probably know this already but I’ll repeat it briefly for anyone new to this hobby – British Airways and American Airlines are members of the oneworld alliance and so these fares can be credited to any oneworld loyalty program.
I suspect that most readers will be crediting these flights to the British Airways Executive Club where, if you book roundtrip travel from Inverness, you’ll earn a total of 360 Tier Points regardless of which North American city you visit (the number of Avios you’ll earn will depend on your status and the distance traveled)
If you plan on crediting these fares to the American Airlines AAdvantage program you’ll need to be careful to choose the correct airline though which to book the deal.
Booking through either American or BA and crediting the flights to AAdvantage will see you earn 2 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) per miles flown (if you have elite status you earn a little more as you’ll get a minimum of 1,000 EQM on the short-haul sectors) but you’ll earn Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) and Redeemable Miles (RDM) at differing rates depending on which airline you book with:
- Booking through American Airlines (and crediting to the AAdvantage program) will see you earn RDM based on a combination of your status and the cost of your fare while you’ll earn EQD based on the cost of your fare alone.
- Booking through British Airways (and crediting to the AAdvantage program) will see you earn RDM based on your status and the distance traveled and will see you earn EQD based on the distance travelled too.
Make sure you do the calculations and work out which way of booking earns you more.
If you’re not sure where to credit you flights you should probably check out the wheretocredit website which will give you all the information you need.
There are some truly fantastic deals to be had here but you only have until midnight UK time tomorrow (26 March) to book….so there’s no time to waste! 🙂