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In the last couple of years, Paris has emerged as the originating point for a significant number of excellent transatlantic Business Class deals and, following a few months with an understandable dearth of great fares, the city is once again the starting point for some great Business Class fares to cities across the United States (for Christmas and travel deep into 2021).
The best fares that I can see start are mostly available for travel from around 17 December 2020 (some destinations may have great fares that can be booked for earlier travel) and all the fares that I have seen can be booked for travel in every bookable month of 2021 (the current booking period extends into July). All school vacations appear to be covered so if you’re looking for a break at Christmas/New Year or during Easter/spring break, these fares may be of interest.
The best way to show the fares on offer is on a map…so here’s an illustrative example of Business Class fares available for travel out of Paris CDG for a 7-night stay flying with oneworld carriers (BA, American Airlines, etc…):
To generate the fares you can see above, I’ve eliminated any routings that involve more than one stop or an unacceptably long layover so, if you’re prepared to put up with either of those, you may find some even cheaper fares on offer. I should also point out that although the fares I’ve used to illustrate the deals that are on offer are for 7-night trips, similar fares can be found for longer trips and for trips as short as 3-nights.
For anyone who can’t (for whatever reason) see the image above, here are the indicative roundtrip Business Class deals:
- Boston – $1,486
- Charlotte – $1,358 (Fare not shown on map)
- Chicago – $1,534
- Dallas – $1,783
- Denver – $1,596
- Houston – $1,883
- Las Vegas – $1,863
- Los Angeles – $1,808
- Miami – $1,678
- Nashville – $1,624
- New Orleans – $1,666
- New York – $1,400
- Orlando – $1,593
- Phoenix – $1,651
- San Diego – $1,497 (Fare not shown on the map)
- San Francisco – $1,539
- Seattle – $1,618
- Washington D.C. – $1,586
Note: The fares shown above are indicative of what you may find so some slightly cheaper fares may be also available.
While it’s possible to book a non-stop itinerary to/from New York…
…most of the routings will require a stopover and change of aircraft.
If a stopover is required for the trip of your choice, I strongly recommend that you choose a routing that allows you to maximize your time in the long-haul aircraft and minimize the amount of time you have to spend in a short-haul aircraft in which the Business Class cabin will be mediocre (at best).
To illustrate what I mean by this, here are two options for a trip to Miami. Both options are for the same dates and both options cost approximately the same amount of money:
Option 1 – Route Via JFK
With this routing, there’s a layover in New York in either direction and although the Business Class seats on offer across the Atlantic will be excellent, the “First Class” seats you’ll be offered for the 3+ hour flight between New York and Miami will be nothing more than recliners with a bit more width and a bit more legroom than you’ll find in Economy Class.
Option 2 – Route Via LHR
With this routing, I’ve managed to ensure that the long transatlantic flights will still be taken in the excellent American Airlines 777 Business Class seats, while the shorter flights (where the Business Class seats will be glorified Economy Class seats) are limited in length to just a little over an hour.
This routing also has the advantage of having a longer transatlantic sector which means that, on the way back (the overnight flight), there will be more time to relax and enjoy some sleep in the flat-bed Business Class seat that you’re paying for.
One Last Thing To Note
SkyTeam and Star Alliance also have some great fares available between Paris and New York so they may be worth checking out. If you’re looking to travel to any other US city, the oneworld airlines will almost certainly be offering the best fares…and probably by a distance!
Currently, there are some excellent Business Class fares available for travel between Paris and a variety of cities in the United States. The travel dates covered by these fares start towards the second half of December 2020 and run all the way into July 2021. If you’re comfortable booking travel right now and are considering a trip to the US, a lot of these Business Class fares will be hard to beat.