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New York and Philadelphia have seen their fair share of business-class deals to Europe, but cheap flights from the West Coast are much more rare. Today, you can book nonstop flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco (in addition to New York) to London and beyond from just $1,400 round-trip. Even better, these fares are available from November all the way through the end of the schedule in July 2016!
You do need to be an AARP member to get the lowest fares, but anyone can join AARP for just $16 per year. You’ll get the deepest discount on flights operated by British Airways or OpenSkies, since you can apply an additional 10% off coupon (more on that below) when you pay with a Visa card. Note that flights are also available on American Airlines, though the additional 10% discount won’t apply. Additionally, because the AARP offer is only valid on flights through March 2016 and the additional 10% off coupon only applies through December, you’ll pay more for flights after those periods, up to $2,000 round-trip.
Airline(s): British Airways, OpenSkies, American Airlines, Iberia and others
Route(s): LAX, NYC, SFO to AMS, CDG, FCO, LHR, ORY, SNN
Cost: $1,393-$1,964 round-trip in business
Dates: November 2015 through July 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 10,320 elite-qualifying points
Fare Class: I
Booking Link: British Airways via AARP
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of flights we found:
Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) in business class on British Airways for $1,393:
New York (JFK) to London (LHR) in business class on British Airways for $1,393:
San Francisco (SFO) to London (LHR) in business class on British Airways for $1,393:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (ORY) in business class on British Airways for $1,434:
Here’s how to book in five easy steps:
Step 1: Head to AARP’s British Airways discount page to save $400 off this flight (per person). You do need to be an AARP member, but anyone can join for $16 per year (as low as $12.60 per year if you pay $63 for a five-year membership). Log in to verify your membership and click through to British Airways.
Step 2: You should be redirected to a special British Airways booking page. Select New York as your departure city and one of the cities listed above as your destination, enter your dates and be sure to select Business/Club class, then click Get Flights.
Step 3: Select your flights and click Continue to price. Remember: Only British Airways is eligible for the extra 10% off.
Step 4: On the next page, you should see a fare of about $1,548 round-trip, including taxes and fees. Scroll down to the Promotion Code Or eVoucher field and enter promotion code “CARDOFFERU” and click submit.
Step 5: Review your fare and click through to purchase. If all goes well, you should see an additional 10% discount applied, dropping the fare by $150 to $1,393. Confirm all flight details — you can cancel for a full refund within 24 hours of purchase, or you can cancel any time before departure for a $500 fee.
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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