Deal Alert: Business Class to Europe For $1,390 Round-Trip
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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
British Airways is running another one of its business class sales, and while it’s not as impressive as some past deals, there are still get some terrific airfares to Europe if you act now. We’re seeing flights from Washington, DC (IAD) to several cities in Greece — including Athens (ATH), Mykonos (JMK) and Corfu (CFU) — for as low as $1,390 round-trip. You can also find Chicago (ORD) to Sofia, Bulgaria (SOF) for a few hundred dollars more.
Getting the lowest airfares requires stacking a few of the longstanding British Airways third-party discounts together. If you search for these itineraries through Google Flights, you’ll find them priced between $1,700 and $2,100. If that price works for you, go ahead and book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. But if you’re a member of AARP (it only costs $12 per year and anyone can join), take advantage of the $200 AARP discount on British Airways business class flights — which has been extended through December 31, 2018.
On top of that, if you can pay with a Chase card, you can also use the Chase 10% discount by applying code CARDOFFERU at checkout. You’ll only be able to use that code on itineraries entirely on British Airways, so be sure to select only British Airways flights and avoid One World partners for this code to work.
For trips to Athens and Sofia, departures are available from August through June, while itineraries to Mykonos and Corfu are limited to August and September.
Airlines: British Airways
Routes: IAD/ORD to ATH/JMK/CFU/SOF
Cost: $1,390+ round-trip in business
Dates: August through June (through September for JMK/CFU)
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel) to use the 10% Chase discount, or The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express or Citi Prestige without the discount
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Washington, DC (IAD) to Mykonos, Greece (JMK) for $1,390 round-trip:
Washington, DC (IAD) to Athens, Greece (ATH) for $1,411 round-trip:
Washington, DC (IAD/DCA) to Corfu, Greece (CFU) for $1,555 round-trip:
Chicago (ORD) to Sofia, Bulgaria (SOF) for $1,711 round-trip:
Maximize Your Purchase
Be sure to use a Chase card such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel) if you want to get the 10% Chase discount. If you’re skipping that, opt for a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below.
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