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For the past couple years, I’ve noticed that airlines deeply discount business class travel to Europe. While I’ve always had plans that kept me in the US for the holiday, I’ve always been tempted to book a weekend trip to Europe over Thanksgiving, if anything to boost my elite status.
I checked and I’m once again seeing low business class fares for Thanksgiving weekend and the great thing is most of them will let you leave on the Friday after Thanksgiving so you can still enjoy your turkey at home and then jet off to Europe. Play around with your airline’s flexible search tools to get the best deals. For Delta, I always use the flexible weekend search which is at Delta.com -> Planning Tools -> Book a flight and then select “Flexible dates” and do Flexible weekend search.
Thanksgiving Business Class Fares
JFK-Dublin $1,380 total roundtrip (9,540 MQMs)
JFK-London $1,477 total roundtrip (10,300 MQMs)
JFK-Paris $2,047 total roundtrip (11,668 MQMs)
Atlanta-London $2,133 total roundtrip (12,636 MQMs via JFK)
Los Angeles-London $2,215 total roundtrip (18,470 MQMs)
Miami-London $2,258 total roundtrip (13,626 MQMs via JFK)
Newark-London $1,476 total roundtrip (10,398 EQMs)
Chicago- London $1,876 total roundtrip (11,859 EQMs)
Washington Dulles-Paris $1,957 total roundtrip (12,225 EQMs via EWR)
San Francisco-Dublin $2,194 total roundtrip (16,646 EQMs via EWR)
Los Angeles-London $2,287 total roundtrip (18, 639 EQMs via Houston)
I couldn’t get AA.com to price out at the $1,470ish price, but Expedia.com pulled up Iberia coded options that are actually operated by American for $1,476 total roundtrip JFK-London.
I’m sure there are many other options out there, so feel free to report your success/failure at getting cheap business class fares from your city.
While these aren’t super cheap and the cents per mile don’t make them full fledged mileage runs, since they are in business class and generally accrue 50% more elite miles, they are perfect for the busy traveler who is short on time and is willing to pay a premium for comfort. Most airlines have their premium lie-flat business class products on London routes.