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British Airways just launched a 3-day sale on business class fares from most US cities to the UK, bringing fares down to $1,952 roundtrip (including taxes) for travel between May 23 and June 9. However, I forgot to mention that if you are a current British Airways Visa cardholder, you can get an additional 10% off by using promo code CARDOFFERU at checkout, or by using this link. With the discount, a Miami-London roundtrip priced out at $1,752.84.
I priced a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland for the same dates and it came out to only $12 more, for a grand total of $1,764.87.
Competitors are also matching these fares, including American which means you can upgrade from Business to First class with a systemwide or miles. If you don’t want Oneworld status, the other major carriers have all matched as well. For the same dates, I was able to cobble together a Delta trip via Detroit and Amsterdam (to maximize miles, naturally) that would yield me 15,340 Medallion Qualifying Miles. I was also able to pull these fares up on Amex Travel for the same price and you earn 4 Amex points per dollar spent through that portal when you use your Premier Rewards Gold card, which is almost an additional 8,000 points.
United has also matched- $1,947 total roundtrip from Los Angeles to London
The only problem is that these fares are only good for travel until June 9, so the window is short. However, if you’ve got the cash and want to work on elite status requalification, these are great ways to rack up a lot of elite miles in a short amount of time and in comfort!