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Cheap Summer Business Class Flights to Europe: JFK- London on Delta from $1,395 Total Roundtrip

by on January 30, 2013 · 11 comments

in Delta, Discounted Business/ First Class, Mileage Runs, United

Last week I posted about unbelievably low business class fares to Istanbul- from $1,300 roundtrip from NYC. Well, it seems as it other airlines have also jumped in on discounting summer business class roundtrips to Europe. The key is that you need to stay for at least 10 nights and less than 31, but if that isn’t an issue, you can easily get business class for more than half off- and sometimes only a little bit cheaper than the lowest coach fare.

The best way to quickly search for available fares is to use the ITA Matrix calendar search. There are a ton of really good Delta fares to Madrid (one of my favorite cities), so let’s test it out:

Make sure you enter 10 day minimum and Business class is selected

Make sure you enter 10 day minimum and Business class is selected

A calendar will show with available fares. Note: The “Multi-airline” option often shows false results that are actually in economy, so always click “Details” to make sure the entire trip is in business class.
Disc Biz ITA Calendar

ITA is a great search engine, but you cannot actually book the ticket. Once you have the dates and flight numbers, instead go directly to the airline website or your preferred online travel agency and book the flight. Remember, most airlines and sites will give you 24 hours to cancel your flight, so if you see something great, book now and firm up your plans before the free cancellation policy is over. Great deals never last long! American will actually let you put your flight on hold for 24 hours, so you don’t even have to worry about a credit card charge. Check out this post for maximizing all of your airfare purchases by selecting the right booking site and credit card.

Once you identify the dates, pull up the fare on the airline website directly to purchase

Once you identify the dates, pull up the fare on the airline website directly to purchase

I searched a bunch of cities and found many options for sub $2,000. Most route on Delta, though I did see some United/ Star Alliance fares from LAX to London. I am personally going to wait for a Oneworld match, so I can work on re-qualifying for American Executive Platinum, but if you are looking to re-up Delta status, or simply want to fly in style (a lot of these Delta flights are on their 767-400 airplanes, which have fully lie-flat beds), then you may want to jump on these fares. They are discounted business class, which means you earn a 50% bonus on MQMs and regular SkyMiles, but if you need to change your flight, there is a $400 fee.

Some other great fares:

Seattle to Dublin through Dulles for $1,491!

Seattle to Dublin through Dulles for $1,491!

This Seattle- Dublin fare nets over 17,000 EQMs for $1,491, so just under 9 cents per EQM, which is pretty good for a paid business class fare.

Los Angles to London

Los Angles to London for $2,100

JFK to London for $1,395

JFK to London for $1,395

Las Vegas- Madrid

Las Vegas- Madrid for $2,054

Miami- Madrid for $1,833

Miami- Madrid for $1,833

Chicago to Barcelona on Star Alliance for $1,728 in May

Chicago to Barcelona on Star Alliance for $1,728 in May

Dulles to London for $1,630 on United

Dulles to London for $1,630 on United

Please share any really good deals that you find. I’ve already had a bunch of readers book trips at less than half of what they’d normally spend and I love hearing the sound of TPG readers saving money and racking up miles!

Hat tip Flyertalk Good Deal Premium Fares thread

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  • Michael

    Brian,

    Please post when you see the American match as I’m ready to pounce on them as well.

  • http://www.leeschneider.com/ leeschneider

    Suggestions for a trip from BOS to Europe with a 9 -11 month old? May/June/July. Tons of Chase Ultimate Rewards points, decent amount of Starwood points, and a smaller amount of American points.

  • thepointsguy

    Ireland is beautiful and a relatively short flight from BOS. I’d go in May/June when there are less crowds. But really there are lots of options- depends on what you want to see

  • http://www.leeschneider.com/ leeschneider

    Usually lean towards Spain (wife is fluent, lived in SVQ for a bit), and did eastern Europe 2 summers ago. Always traveled just the two of us – now we’ve got a third family member – opens up a crazy world of travel planning and arrangements. Think it’s going to be just a bit different traveling with an infant.

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  • Jon

    Myself as well – looking at a trip to Europe sometime during May-July. Very much looking forward on a nice deal with AA Business where I can possibly do a challenge to boot.

  • Suzannehendrix

    Many thanks to TPG for this post earlier today. I booked Delta PHX-LON then DUB-PHX in business class this July for $2100 RT. Checked the Matrix software and it showed numerous airlines with this fare and even lower…called United and they were ZERO help. The agent said they had nothing…looked on codeshares..sorry…nothing under $5500. I explained to him the entire screen I had with all these fares under $2k RT and he just couldn’t do it…I told him I was going to call Delta next…and I did. Got the fare at $2100 just as shown on the Matrix software…wonderful Delta service as usual for me. Delta sucks for using FF miles IMO, but when just booking and paying cash, I have to say they are great. Love the inflight service as well.
    The only thing is I had already booked this with FF miles as two one way trips-over using United and back using AA. Flights were horrible with long layovers but managed to reserve them at 100K per person. 50K United and 50K on AA. Now what? Do I hope for a huge schedule change and I won’t have to pay the miles redeposit fee? What are the parameters on that?
    I was trying to book on United hoping they would waive the redeposit fee since I was now buying cash tickets, but no luck. I don’t know what AA will do either. Both fares were 50K a piece and one ways..looks like I will have to pay double the redepsoit fees.
    Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea….however, my new flight schedule is exactly what I wanted.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated…

  • Chicago

    I keep getting false positives thanks to economy-seat tickets from Scandinavian Airlines showing up in the business/first class results. It’s really annoying.

  • Travelmac

    I don’t see how this is a deal. That’s so expensive. I just use skyscanner.com and the flights are all less than $1000 round trip in July and August, I just checked.

  • Suzannehendrix

    not in business class they are not…economy maybe

  • thepointsguy

    These are business class fares- not coach

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