Thanksgiving Discounted Business Fares to Europe: From Less than $1,500 Total Roundtrip!

by on August 8, 2012 · 12 comments

in American, Delta, Mileage Runs, United, US Airways

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For the past several years, most major US airlines have heavily discounted business class airfares to Europe over the Thanksgiving holiday. Luckily, this year many have already loaded these discounted fares- with certain roundtrip business class fares from the East coast to Europe as low as $1,439 roundtrip. This is a great opportunity to plan your last elite status run, especially if you get Thanksgiving and the day after off- it’s nice to plan a mini-mileage run vacation- in style. I’d also recommend checking to see if you have any vouchers that are going to expire. I recently checked my Delta account and found a couple hundred dollar voucher from a last minute flight I cancelled 6 months ago. (To check to see if you have any Delta vouchers go -> SkyMiles -> Manage My Account -> Manage Profile -> Certificates & E-credits.)

Fares are generally cheapest from NYC, though I’m sure there are exceptions out there. I found discounted fares over Thanksgiving on American, Delta, United and US Airways, though I didn’t check other carriers. I was curious if British Airways was running the sale, because I would have considered stacking it with the 10% off discount you get as a British Airways Visa cardholder, alas it seems all British Airways flights are regular price. Here are some of the good deals I’ve found- feel free to share your finds.

Delta from JFK to Dublin for $1,439 total roundtrip. S class, 9,540 Medallion Qualifying Miles earned.

American Airlines JFK- London Heathrow for $1,546 total roundtrip in business (fare class I). This is a great route to use a systemwide upgrade because the 777s have the Flagship first class lie flat bed. Less than $1,600 for roundtrip first class airfare to London is an absolute steal! Unfortunately American doesn’t give bonus elite qualifying miles for business class- only elite qualifying points, so you don’t enjoy the class of service elite bonus that most airlines offer on premium fares.

United from Washington Dulles to Amsterdam via New York for $1,846 total roundtrip- 11,610 Elite Qualifying Miles.

United New York to London via Washington Dulles for $1,560 for 11,715 Elite Qualifying Miles.
US Airways Philadelphia to Madrid for $1,789- 11,043 Preferred Qualifying miles.

Delta from Miami to London (with out of the way routing via Detroit, Amsterdam and Paris to maximize mileage) for $2,014 roundtrip- 16,012 Medallion Qualifying Miles!

American from Chicago to Madrid for $2,040 roundtrip.

Delta Minneapolis to London roundtrip for $2,066- 12,045 Medallion Qualifying Miles.

Delta from Atlanta to Paris via Miami roundtrip for $2,138- 15,550 Medallion Qualifying Miles.

United San Diego to London via Houston for $2,488- 18,411 Elite Qualifying Miles.
Air France Los Angeles to Paris for $2,544 (these flights can also be booked on Routing via Atlanta nets 19,020 Medallion Qualifying Miles for $2,558.

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  • Spirit

    Interesting that on United ORD – LHR – ORD is $1972 for Thanksgiving but LHR – ORD – LHR is $5K+ for the same dates….I wonder why they do that…

  • Zz

    Yes, I too wonder why they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving all over the world. Aren’t we all American’s?

  • Guest

    any chance we’ll see discounted biz fares for october? i noticed DL and AF have some in the mid-2ks, but was hoping for some love from LH or LX.

  • Andrew L

    Alitalia advertised JFK-MXP in J for ~$1600 in today’s WSJ.

  • brit

    There is also the East Coast to Dub fare with US Airways for $854 in business over on flyertalk.

  • Matt C.

    Great deals to Europe. I see United from JFK-FRA-ARN (Stockholm) for $1635 RT and 13,851 PQM on Lufthansa. Routes to Istanbul give the most PQM at just over 15,100 through Frankfurt, but cost slightly more at $2,015.

  • Spirit

    Thanks Z. I wasn’t aware of that.

    Seriously though, I just think that it is interesting that the mirror image itinerary has a very different price. Its not the like the planes dont go back and forth anyway…

  • thepointsguy

    Airline pricing is always baffling! Trying to figure out a reason behind it is an exercise in futility

  • MarkJ

    Booked a couple of days ago RSW-ATL-MAD-ATL-RSW on DL in Business for $1600. 10/6-10/16. It shows lie flat seats into Madrid. A deal!

  • Dorsalis

    Have you flown Turkish Airlines “Premium Economy” class internationally? It looks a lot like some other carriers’ Business class. Nice seat, but angled recline. Nicely presented meals, etc. Anyway, I found a Premium Economy from JFK-AUH in November for $1559! Sounds tempting, since I do need to get to Abu Dhabi in November, unless somebody tells me that Turkish is horrible!

  • thepointsguy

    I haven’t flown it but have heard good things

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