Deal alert: Lufthansa business class to Europe starting at $1,685 R/T
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If you're planning a Europe trip and you want to do it in style, or you have an upcoming mileage run, I have some deals for you. We're seeing business class deals from cities like New York (JFK), Miami (MIA) and San Francisco (SFO) to virtually every European destination served by Lufthansa. The cheapest deals we're seeing start at less than $1,700, a steal for Lufthansa business class.
The deal from Los Angeles was first reported by miken1999 at FlyerTalk. Make sure you check your home city as not all deals are represented.
The best deals can be found using Amex Travel’s International Airline Program (IAP), which is a perk you have if you hold The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, or The Centurion Card from American Express. Make sure you check there first, which drops the price to Reykjavik to $1,685. The deals are also bookable via Google Flights, but expect pay about $200 more. The deals appear to be available in April 2020 and note that some of the return legs may be on Star Alliance partners like Swiss.
Related: Solo seat in the nose: A review of Lufthansa’s 747-400 in business class from Seattle to Frankfurt
Most of the tickets are booked on Lufthansa's A380. TPG's Zach Honig recently reviewed Lufthansa's business class from Seattle (SEA) to Frankfurt (FRA) on the carrier's 747-400 and lucked out with a solo seat.
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To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.
Routes: JFK/EWR/LAX/MIA/SFO/ATL/IAD/BOS/ORD – European cities served by Lufthansa
Cost: $1,685+ round-trip in business
Dates: April – May 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $1,685 round-trip in business:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Warsaw (WAW) for $2,013 round-trip in business:
Boston (BOS) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $2,021 round-trip in business:
Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN) for $2,034 round-trip in business:
Washington (IAD) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $2,086 round-trip in business:
Chicago (ORD) to Dublin (DUB) for $2,115 round-trip in business:
San Francisco (SFO) to Frankfurt (FRA) for $2,118 round-trip nonstop:
Atlanta (ATL) to Frankfurt (FRA) for $2,248 round-trip nonstop in business:
Maximize your purchase
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