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This is a quick, super-short post to highlight some incredible oneworld Business Class fares I’ve just noticed (while searching for good flights back to LA).
Right now American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair are, between them, offering some truly fantastic fares between Paris and every US city I’ve had time to check. Better still, these fares appear to be available from April through to the end of the year…and in some cases into January 2021 too.
- Boston – $1,140
- Chicago – $1,126
- Dallas/Fort Worth – $1,346
- Houston – $1,348
- Las Vegas – $1,567
- Los Angeles – $1,556
- Miami – $1,340
- New York – $1,133
- Portland – $1,568
- San Diego – $1,567
- San Francisco – $1,548
- Seattle – $1,567
- Washington DC – $1,126
Be careful when you’re selecting your flights as a good number of them are routing through Charlotte and will, therefore, include a long-ish flight on a short-haul aircraft where the “premium cabin” experience won’t amount to much:
You’ll almost certainly enjoy a much better trip if you pay a little more and limit the length of your connecting flights…like in this example below:
Use Creativity To Earn More Tier Points
If you’re crediting these flights to the British Airways Executive Club (and if you’d like to stock up on Tier Points) you should consider inserting a layover in New York (rather then Madrid or London) when booking a trip to a West Coast destination…if at all possible:
A routing of Paris – London – Los Angeles will earn a total of just 180 Tier Points while a routing of Paris – New York – Los Angeles will earn a total of 240 Tier Points…and the aircraft between New York and LA will offer true lie-flat seating.
I’ve found these fares on Google Flights, AA.com…
…so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding and booking these deals.
Don’t forget that some credit cards like the Platinum Card from American Express only pay bonus points for airfare booked directly with an airline so, if using such a card, make sure you don’t book through a 3rd party site.
Make sure you get the best deal out of whatever fare you book by using a credit card that gives you a good return on your travel spending and, preferably, one that also comes with good travel protections.
The Platinum Card from American Express and the Business Platinum Card from American Express both earn 5 points/dollar for spending made directly with airlines while the Chase Sapphire Reserve card earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending and, very importantly, all three of these cards offer good trip delay, interruption, and cancellation protections.
The Amex Green Card earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending but doesn’t offer the same level of protection as the Platinum Card or the Sapphire Reserve, and although the Citi Prestige Card matches the Platinum Card with its earnings of 5 points/dollar on spending made directly with airlines, the fact that it offers no travel protections at all makes it a less appealing option.
British Airways is currently offering some good First Class and Business Class fares in its sale out of London (see here) but these fares out of Paris beat the London deals in most cases…especially on the longer US routes.
If you’ve been looking for a set of fantastic fares between Europe and the US this may be what you’ve been waiting for.