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Earlier this month, we shared fantastic business-class fares from a handful of US cities to many destinations in Europe, starting at just $1,659 round-trip. Today, British Airways is offering an even more exciting sale — if you’re interested in flying to Israel this summer. To take full advantage of this sale, you’ll need to book through AARP and pay with a British Airways Visa Signature card. The greatest discounts are available only on flights operated by British Airways. You do need to be an AARP member to get the biggest discount, but anyone can join AARP for just $16 per year. I’ll walk you through the process below.
The cheapest fares are from the East Coast, including New York (JFK and Newark), Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami, Tampa and Orlando, but you can also save quite a bit when flying from BA’s other US gateways. You’ll pay a bit more to fly from Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Houston or Austin. You can also depart from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco or San Jose, CA on the West Coast.
Note that these flights may be eligible for American’s very generous transatlantic bonus, so be sure to register before you travel.
Airline(s): British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and others
Route(s): Many US cities to many destinations in Europe
Cost: $1,430-$2,357 round-trip in business
Dates: June 2016 through August 2016
Booking Link: British Airways via AARP or British Airways
Pay With: American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of flights we found:
New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in business class on British Airways for $1,430:
Boston (BOS) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in business class on British Airways for $1,458:
Miami (MIA) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in business class on British Airways for $1,458:
San Francisco (SFO) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in business class on British Airways for $2,357:
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 $1,589 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 $159 to $1,430. 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 or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Will you be taking advantage of this sale?
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