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On Monday, I reported about an under-the-radar summer business class sale to Europe with fares to London as low as $2,500 or so. Fast on the heels of that news, however, British Airways has just announced an official business class sale of $2,012 fares from several US gateways to London and Manchester this summer.
It’s not quite as good as the airline’s 3-day $1,952 sale celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee back in May, but almost. The sale starts Wednesday, June 27, and runs until next Tuesday, July 3, for travel between July 16-September 2, 2012, and the $2,012 fares include all taxes, fees and surcharges.
Among the US gateways are:
New York JFK (The JFK-London City service is also included)
(Note: There are also other sale fares from Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, as well Paris, Madrid, Dubai, Cape Town and Mumbai.)
You can find the rest of the terms and conditions here, but just note, bookings must be made a minimum of 14 days before departure, this is only for roundtrip fares, all travel must be completed by September 2, and a Saturday night stay is required.
I just checked on a couple different routes, and the availability seems to be great (including on Oneworld partner, American Airlines).
For example, I was able to book a business class ticket from Los Angeles to London in mid-July for actually less than the sale fare—a total of $2,007.07. That ticket normally goes for around $6,000 at other times of year.
Plus, remember, if you have the British Airways Visa, you will get an additional 10% off your fare if you enter the code CARDOFFERU into the Promo Code box, bringing the total to just $1,807. Incredible! If you used your BA Visa to pay for this fare, you’d earn 2.5 Avios per $1, bringing the total Avios you earn to 4,527 plus whatever you earn flying based on distance and a 50% mileage for flying business class. So all in all on this LA flight, for instance, you’d earn the Avios on spending plus 8,163 for actually flying for a total of 12,690 Avios.
Just to double check, I pulled up the itinerary for another sample route from Denver to Manchester via Chicago on American Airlines, and that came in at an even lower $1,956.67.
Virgin Atlantic doesn’t exactly seem to be matching the fares yet, but I was able to find some days in the matrix when I searched for that same Los Angeles flight that came up with the same $2,007 fare, so I suspect they’ll start matching most fares on most routes that British Airways holding the sale on.
$2,000 isn’t a small amount of money, but on certain routes like those from the West Coast, it is only about a third of what these tickets normally cost, and in many cases, just a few hundred dollars more than sky-high coach fares have been this summer, so if you were thinking about taking a trip to Europe (or to England especially), this is a great way to get there in style without spending an unconscionable amount of money and without having to pay the normally onerous taxes and fuel surcharges associated with flying through London. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.