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Business class fares to Europe tend to run anywhere from $3,000-$6,000 depending on the season and destination. But per this FlyerTalk thread, some intrepid travelers have uncovered fares as low as $1,100 roundtrip on Star Alliance airlines throughout the next year.
There are two catches, though. The first is that the fares are only being generated for trips originating in Europe. The second is that the only origin/destination where this seems to work is Copenhagen.
While that might seem to be a bit limiting, with a little strategy, this could be an amazing deal for some and you could even make two trips out of it by booking an award to Europe, then booking one of these fares to fly to/from once and then booking a final return award at the end.
The participating airlines are:
- Air Canada
- Brussels Airlines
You must book a roundtrip and it must begin in Copenhagen to generate these prices. You must stay over on a Saturday night and the maximum length of your trip can be 12 months.
Dates where these fares seem to be generating include:
- December 21-January 10
- March 28-April 11
- July 1-August 31 (here comes summer in Europe!)
- November 21-November 28 (Thanksgiving in Europe)
- December 24-December 31
There are also dates mentioned in 2016 on the FT thread, but these are not yet bookable, so keep them in mind for the future.
You cannot book a stopover, and your itinerary can include up to 5 transfers each way – two in North America and three in Europe.
These fares are not generating every single day of these date ranges, so you might have to play around with it a bit. To get a general idea of availability, you can check the ITA Matrix and price out airfares month by month.
However, if you just load United.com, it is very easy to find a ton of these fares just by searching various dates you might be interested in. The site will pull up fares on United, Austrian, Brussels, Lufthansa and Swiss.
The lowest fares are to/from Copenhagen-New York JFK, starting at about $1,110, and you should have a lot of choices depending on what you want to fly.
Here are sample itineraries on Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa.
Here is one on the same dates on SWISS instead.
There seems to be no issue checking out, either, with the itineraries pricing correctly.
You can also find decent fares to other cities including Atlanta for $1,204:
Washington Dulles for $1,181:
And to Dulles on United instead for $1,183:
Chicago O’Hare for $1,187:
And even decent deals to the West Coast fro around $1,500-$1,600 including to Los Angeles for $1,573:
Seattle for $1,578:
And San Francisco for $1,566:
You might also want to check flights on Air Canada as well since United.com is not showing AC’s transatlantic availability. The reason you might be interested in doing so is that Air Canada operates its swanky new 787-8 on the route from Toronto to Copenhagen, so this could be a great way to try it out cheaply.
Here is an itinerary flying Air Canada from CPH-JFK and back for just $1,127, with both transatlantic legs on the 787.
You’ll note that the business class fare is nearly half the price of premium economy!
Those are just a couple examples, but there should be many, many more. Be sure to book sooner rather than later because these kinds of tickets have limited inventory and they go quickly. In fact, fares have already shot up to $1,500-$1,600 on some dates for Copenhagen to JFK, so book now if you can.
Have luck booking these fares? Share your itineraries in the comments below!
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