More Good Business Class Deals From Europe (Spring Break/Easter Holidays)


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Hot on the heels of the great summer Business Class fares we found from Helsinki (and a few other airports) we’ve spotted some more good/reasonable deals for anyone wishing to travel during the Easter Holidays (late March through April).

The fares aren’t just limited to one airline or Alliance, OneWorld, Star Alliance & SkyTeam are all represented as well as cameo appearances from Virgin Atlantic and IcelandAir – so everyone should be able to find something to suit their loyalties.

For anyone attempting to replicate these fare searches we suggest using ITA Matrix (help on the Basic Search and Advanced Search can be found here). Once you’ve found the best flights for you we recommend using Hipmunk or Orbitz to book the same fares as you’ve seen on ITA Matrix – we find that these two sites to have the most versatile search engines, especially for more complicated routings.

Note: we’ve chosen to show the fares for the whole of April but, on a few of the routes, similar prices can be found in the last week of March – so be sure to extend your searches if you need to travel a little earlier.

Read on for good deals to Aruba, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York as well as reasonable deals to Savannah (Hilton Head), Orlando, Oahu and Maui.

UPDATE: We’ve just noticed some fantastic Business Class fares between Copenhagen and New York for March/April 2015. Star Alliance have fares from $1,531 and OneWorld have fares from $1,648. Scroll down to the bottom of the blog for a routing via London City Airport that BA tier point chasers may like.


GOOD DEALS:

Amsterdam to Aruba – Best value on American Airlines and KLM.

This one surprised us when we spotted it because we don’t remember seeing Business Class fares this low on this route when flying a OneWorld airline.

These fares would be great for anyone with a vacation rental at either Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club or Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club. We’ve done this trip a few times (it’s long one!) and we can highly recommend upgrading if finances allow – it really gets the vacation off to a good start and you’re much more refreshed upon arrival.


Brussels, Milan & Rome to Miami – Fantastic value on OneWorld and SkyTeam and reasonable value on Star Alliance.

These are great fares for anyone heading to Florida and their timeshare rental at Marriott’s Villas at Doral but they may also be of interest to those heading to Orlando for their vacations. Flying into Miami and hiring a car to drive up to Orlando could be a money saver as these fares are considerably better than those directly into Orlando (as we will show later in this post).


Helsinki, Milan, Rome, Amsterdam and Brussels to Las Vegas – Good value on all three alliances.

While not exactly a “family destination” Las Vegas can be a lot of fun at this time of year. The weather won’t have got scorchingly hot so there’s less need to cool off in each-and-every casino as you try to negotiate your way down the strip – it’s our favorite time to visit (although we only have to travel from the West Coast!) and we’d highly recommend a vacation rental at Marriott’s Grand Chateau as an alternative to the casino hotels.


Helsinki, Milan, Rome, Amsterdam and Brussels to Los Angeles – Good value on all three alliances and Virgin Atlantic gets a look-in as well.

Ok, we’re biased because LA is our base, but we love it here. We realize it’s not exactly everyone’s favorite place but there’s so much on offer here if you just look around. The Getty Museum, the world-class LA Phil, Griffith Observatory, Runyon Canyon, amazing restaurants and so much more. It’s not all about fake glitz and glamor!

LA is also a great gateway to the beaches to the south (check out Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas near Newport Beach) as well as being an ideal gateway to Hawaii. If beaches aren’t your thing but warmth, spas and golf are then it’s only a couple of hours drive to Palm Springs & Palm Desert.


Helsinki, Milan, Rome, Amsterdam and Brussels to San Francisco – Good value on all three alliances but especially good fares on British Airways.

While we love Los Angeles, we adore San Francisco – we just wish the weather was a little better year round! With fantastic food (if you avoid the tourist traps) and with Sonoma, Napa, Monterey and Carmel on the door step it’s a great place for a vacation. No timeshare rentals around here, unfortunately, but that’s never stopped us from visiting – use some Marriott or Starwood points and save even more money on your trip.


Helsinki, Milan, Rome, Brussels and Paris to New York City – Some great fares on all three alliances but the sub $2,000 fares on American and United stand out.

These fares could be tempting for any users thinking of doing a long weekend to the East Coast (especially if tier points are your thing). The weather will be warming up nicely and the humidity that New York is known for will still be a few months away – this could be a good opportunity for some of you to try the new Business Class seats on American’s 777-300 aircraft (mentioned in this post).


REASONABLE DEALS:

While these fares may not offer quite as much value as some of the fares above, we still think they’re with mentioning – they’re still considerably lower than standard Business Class fares.

Brussels to Savannah (for Hilton Head Island) – prices similar across all three alliances.

These fares aren’t exactly amazing but then Savannah has never been a particularly cheap place to get to (either from Europe or the West Coast). We visited Hilton Head a little over 18 months ago to get a feel for all the Marriott properties there (photos on our Facebook page) and were very pleasantly surprised. The area is a haven for golfers with some truly great courses on offer and the facilities at the resorts were as good as any in Florida, California or Hawaii. If you were thinking of visiting somewhere different next year this could be a good place to start.


Helsinki, Brussels and Amsterdam to Hawaii – best value on United and StarAlliance

When we consider that we’ve seen Coach prices from Europe to Maui (in summer) only a few hundred dollars less than these Business Class fares we could make an argument to include these in the “good fares” category – but this isn’t summer so we’ll stick to calling the prices “reasonable” or “reasonably good”.

Anyone who has flown from Europe to Hawaii will already know how much nicer the trip would be if you had a flat bed and a bit of personal space – so here’s your chance.

We’re spoiled here on the West Coast by only being 3 time zones away from some of our favourite vacation rental resorts (the Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina Villas and Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club on Kauai) but we still, often, have to pay some pretty hefty fares to travel the 5 hours to get our fix of Hawaii so we can appreciate a deal when we see one!


Lastly, no round up of fare sales for the holidays would be complete without mentioning Orlando:

Brussels, Milan and Rome to Orlando – Reasonable fares across all three alliances.

Anyone with children has probably considered Orlando as a Spring Break/Easter Holiday vacation (although Business Class fares for the whole family may not be the most frugal way of starting a vacation!). Nevertheless if you’re intent on visiting Mickey and his friends and if you’re dreading the transatlantic crossing in Coach then these fares may tempt you.

As we mentioned earlier, it may be more cost effective to fly into Miami, hire a car and drive up to Orlando than to fly direct – especially if you were planning on hiring a car in Orlando anyway. The best price we found for flights to Orlando was $2,327 on Virgin Atlantic while we found flights to Miami from $1,836 (or $1,963 if you prefer to fly with a flat bed seat).

If you’re travelling with kids there are a lot of great Orlando resorts for you to choose from but, if you’re travelling as a couple, we’d highly recommend Marriott’s Lakeshore Reserve – it’s a more “grown up” resort slightly further ways from the theme parks (although still close enough to be convenient) and guests have access to all the facilities of the next-door JW Marriott so you have the best of both worlds – you have your own private vacation rental and all the attractions of a 5 star hotel as well.

UPDATE:

Thanks to a reader pointing out that the Summer Business Class fares (the ones we highlighted on Sunday) are also available out of Copenhagen we discovered that these Spring Fares are also available out of CPH. On top of that we’ve discovered that you can force a routing through London City Airport which may help all you BA Executive Club member maximise your tier points. Here’s just one example of a routing we found for $2,2,38.40.

Keep us informed if you find any more great deals and we’ll publish them here.

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