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Cheap business-class flights to Europe are back! Airlines often discount business-class flights over the winter holidays each year, and that’s what we’re seeing here. For each of these deals, you need to depart during the week of Thanksgiving (including the weekend following the holiday) or during the second half of December. Low fares are available on many airlines operating transatlantic service, including those from oneworld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam, though you’ll need to fly oneworld (ideally British Airways or OpenSkies) to take advantage of the extra discounts outlined below.
You do need to be an AARP member to get these 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. First class is discounted as well — New York to London will run you $2,967 round-trip, for example.
Airline(s): British Airways, OpenSkies, American Airlines, Iberia and others
Route(s): NYC to AMS, ATH, BCN, CDG, CPH, FCO, FRA,
IST, LHR, LIS, MAD, MXP, OSL, TXL
Cost: $1,450-$1,870 round-trip in business
Dates: November 2015 and December 2015 (select dates)
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:
New York (JFK) to Lisbon (LIS) in business class on British Airways for $1,449:
Newark (EWR) to Paris (ORY) in business class on OpenSkies for $1,696:
New York (JFK) to London (LHR) in business class on British Airways for $1,798:
New York (JFK) to London (LHR) in first class on British Airways for $2,967:
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 $1,997 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 nearly $200 to $1,798. 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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