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Deal alert: Domestic business-class round-trip flights starting under $200

Feb. 18, 2022
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To end the week, here's a roundup of some of this week's best domestic business-class fares across the United States, thanks to our friends at Scott's Cheap Flights.

This batch of deals features several nonstop business-class routes departing to and from Los Angeles and other cities, including San Diego and San Francisco, starting under $200 round-trip.

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Deal basics

(Screenshot courtesy of Scott's Cheap Flights)

Airlines: Alaska, American and Delta.
Routes include:

  • LAX to SJC/SFO/SMF/LAS/ABQ/DEN/PHX and others.
  • JFK to RDU/PWM/DCA/BGR.
  • DEN/PHX/SMF/SLC/SJC to LAX.
  • OAK/SMF/SLC/SAN/SFO/SJC to PDX.

How to book: Browse Google Flights and then book directly through the airline.
Travel dates: Vary based on the route, but they start in March and go as late as January 2023.
Book by: Two-three days.

This roundup includes deals for more than 60 routes. You can sign up for Scott's Cheap Flights, which sends out deals up to 90% off via its Premium membership. The service is free for 14 days and then $49 per year. You can also upgrade to the Elite tier for $199 per year and receive all the deals included in a premium membership plus premium economy, business-class and first-class alerts.

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Sample flights

(Screenshot courtesy of Scott's Cheap Flights)

There is wide availability out of Los Angeles, including the below routes:

  • LAX-SJC, starting at $178 round-trip.
  • LAX-SFO, starting at $198 round-trip.
  • LAX-LAS, starting at $218 round-trip.
  • LAX-PHX, starting at $256 round-trip.
  • LAX-SAC, starting at $258 round-trip.
  • LAX-DEN, starting at $376 round-trip.
  • LAX-ABQ, starting at $378 round-trip.
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

There are also some decent flights to and from New York City:

  • JFK-DCA, starting at $288 round-trip.
  • JFK-BGR, starting at $308 round-trip.
  • JFK-CLE/BTV, starting at $338 round-trip.
  • JFK-BNA, starting at $378 round-trip.
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

To search this deal, browse your origin and destination cities on Google Flights and be sure to select business as the class. The majority of flights you'll find for this deal are for business class on American and Alaska, which both offer one free carry-on, two free checked bags, more legroom, recliner seats, priority boarding, free meals and free changes.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5 points per dollar on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

Treat yourself for surviving another week by booking this business-class deal before it's too late.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Why We Chose It

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
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  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases