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$400 Off OpenSkies Flights on Ruelala.com

by on August 24, 2011 · 8 comments

in British Airways, Openskies, RueLaLa.com

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Ruelala.com, which is one of my favorite discounted high-end shopping sites, is selling $499 OpenSkies vouchers for $99 – essentially giving $400 off any roundtrip OpenSkies flight from August 29, 2011 through March 31, 2012.

“Within 24 hours you will receive an e-certificate confirming your purchase of a $499 travel voucher to be used toward a roundtrip OpenSkies business-class flight to Paris, and more information on the redemption process. Limit of one voucher per person, per booking.”

What I like about this promotion:
1) No blackout dates apply
2) Reservations are eligible to accrue British Airways mileage/elite status

The few restrictions that do exist are:
1) Flights must depart from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), arriving at Paris-Orly Airport (ORY). Voucher is valid toward roundtrip tickets departing from U.S. gates only.

2) Members may purchase up to two vouchers; limit of one voucher per person, per booking. Vouchers are transferable but may not be resold or bartered.

3) Valid in business class cabins, for Biz Bed and Biz Seats only.

4) Reservations must be booked by February 26, 2012, and are subject to availability.

I’ve never flown OpenSkies, but I hear decent things. The thing to note is that their business class seat isn’t a lie flat bed (that’s what they call their business bed). It’s basically a domestic first class seat, which isn’t surprisingly since they are usually priced in the premium economy range whereas business beds are more standard business class fares.

I priced a couple fall trips from Newark to Paris on OpenSkies and Biz Seats were about $2,000 roundtrip total and Biz Bed’s around $4,800 – including all taxes and fees.

Taking $400 off that price brings it down to a significant discount at $1,600 for a Biz seat (I still think Biz Bed is overpriced). There are even pretty strong bonuses for those seeking British Airways miles and status.

“Cabin Bonuses When you fly on OpenSkies you can earn even more BA Miles. When traveling in Biz Seat, you will earn a 50% BA Miles bonus. When traveling in Biz Bed, you will earn a 100% BA Miles bonus.
Tier Bonuses
As an Executive Club member, you can earn 120 Tier Points when you travel in our Biz Seat cabin and 180 Tier Points in our Biz Bed cabin. Tier Points allow you to move up through the different levels, enjoying the additional benefits each tier brings.”

Ruelala.com is a “private” site, but it’s very easy to get an invite – just click here to join using my invites (which are unlimited). Disclosure: I get $10 in Ruelala credit if you ever buy something.

Beyond OpenSkies, Ruelala frequently has travel-related products, like Tumi and Samsonite luggage, as well as high-end vacations at reduced prices.

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Max August 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I have to disagree with the value of this purchase. OpenSkies regularly sends out promotional emails that advertise discounts of this amount or more. About every few months I see a new one promoting $800 o/w fares and various discounts in the hundreds of dollars. I’ve even seen multiple promos running at once that can be used in combination with each other and which bring the fare down into the $1400′s. As far as I’m concerned, the RueLaLa deal is just asking me to pay $100 for something OpenSkies will offer anyway.

RakSiam August 25, 2011 at 2:47 am

but presumably this voucher could still be used in conjunction with Open Skies’ frequent sales. $400 off is $400 off.

Jqle21 August 25, 2011 at 3:44 am

I just bought this voucher on Ruelala, and it seems too good to be true for the ticket to Paris to be only $99.00 as the voucher implies. I am trying to understand what the $99 I paid for covers, and what exactly will be the total amount of this flight fare? Someone please help!

Mike August 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

You probably still have to pay taxes and fees. Does anyone know what the approximate taxes arefor departing Paris?

RakSiam August 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm

sounds like you just bought a voucher which is worth $499 towards the purchase of a ticket. You didn’t buy a whole ticket, just a discount off a ticket.

James August 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Hillary Stockton of Travelsort.com gives the non-lie-flat seats a less-than-stellar review:

http://travelsort.com/blog/openskies-business-class-biz-seat-review

Byxbee August 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

It appears that these certificates can’t be used with any other offer. It also appears that you have to make the reservations by phone which adds another $50 to the price of the ticket. This is no deal at all since you have to pay full fare, can’t use it with specials and get nailed for reservation fee.

Guest August 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

It appears that these certificates can’t be used with any other offer. It also appears that you have to make the reservations by phone which adds another $50 to the price of the ticket. This is no deal at all since you have to pay full fare, can’t use it with specials and get nailed for reservation fee.
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