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Update: Delta is matching the post-AARP-discount fares on select routes and dates, including partner Virgin Atlantic:
British Airways just launched a phenomenal business-class sale, with fights from many US cities to London priced at just $2,015 round-trip for travel through August 2016. Discounted flights are also available to other destinations in Europe, including Berlin, Madrid, Paris, Rome and many more. This offer can be paired with the $400 AARP discount if you’re able to travel from now through March, though it may be possible to book with the discount if you select a date before March initially, then change your dates on the results page. You can also take an additional 10% off British Airways flights through 2015.
You do need to be an AARP member to get the biggest discount, 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. You must book by midnight ET tomorrow to take advantage of these discounted fares.
Airline(s): British Airways, OpenSkies, American Airlines, Iberia and others
Route(s): NYC, LAX, SFO, BOS, DEN, DFW, MIA to AMS, ATH, BCN, CDG, CPH, FCO, FRA, LHR, LIS, MAD, MXP, OSL
Cost: $1,440-$2,015 round-trip in business
Dates: October 2015 through August 2016 (some cities have limited dates)
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 10,320 elite-qualifying points
Fare Class: I
Booking Link: British Airways via AARP
Pay With: American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of flights we found:
Newark (EWR) to Paris (ORY) in business class on OpenSkies for $1,440:
New York (JFK) to London (LHR) in business class on British Airways for $1,449:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Barcelona (BCN) in business class on British Airways for $1,440:
San Francisco (SFO) to Rome (FCO) in business class on British Airways for $1,553:
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 $1,610 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 $161 to $1,449. 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® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Planning a trip to Europe this summer? Chime in below to let us know what deals you’ve found!