Fly Business Class to London for Less than Coach

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I try not to post too much about “sales” on premium cabin seats since even a discounted premium cabin seat usually costs more than most of us want to pay to fly (which is why we collect miles!).  However, this one is worth a mention since these business class seats to London are selling for less than the cost of coach.

French airline La Compagnie is launching all-business-class service from Newark – London (Luton Airport) on April 24th, and to celebrate they are offering all-in fares for $1,007  round trip per person.

La Compagnie

That is less than coach seats often go for to London, especially as we creep toward the business summer travel season!  These intro fares are valid for travel from April 24, 2015 – June 30, 2015, though some searching shows availability is not there on all dates, so I’d move quickly if you want in on this.

La Compagnie Cabin

One Mile at a Time has flown their Newark – Paris route and found that the airline certainly offers a better product than you would get in coach, but wasn’t up to par with what many airlines offer these days in business class.  However, for the price, I don’t think you can beat it!  It is also worth mentioning this could be a good option if you were looking to fly a premium cabin with a lap infant, as the 10% charge would be just 10% of the $1,007 ticket, coming to around $100, instead of potentially $1,000 or more that you may have to pay if you are flying a premium cabin on miles and then adding a lap infant based on the selling price of that ticket.

La Compagnie Seat

If you have a nice pile of points from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®, then you could just about 90,630 of them (after the 10% rebate for using points for travel) per person to fly this round trip flight.  This is a rare opportunity to get a good value out of those fixed value points for premium cabin travel!

I already secured economy seats to Europe for early spring on another airline, but if I hadn’t, I would be giving this offer some serious thought since the surcharge over what you can normally buy coach seats for is so minimal.

Anyone going to try out this new La Compagnie route?

 

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  1. Despite the fuel surcharges, I really enjoyed the middle seat configuration in business class on BA for our 3 person family. We were able to have our own “row” on the trip to London, and I liked that a lot. I’m also reluctant to add an extra leg to our trip when traveling with the kid (we’re based out of DC), and will definitely pay more in points or cash for non-stops. So I think it’s a great option if you’re based out of Newark, or have older kids, or have 2 or more kids, but it wouldn’t work for me.

    Congrats on the new bundle Summer, looking forward to seeing how it changes your travel and the blog.

  2. LTN is a rather less-than-ideal airport if your ultimate destination is London, compared to alternatives.

    I’d be surprised if this airline is still in operation by the end of the year, given the poor track record of previous similar attempts. But good luck to them.

  3. The seats look more like an improved Premium Economy than Business. However, the $1007 RT price is cheaper than most other airlines Premium Economy, so it is a good option if based in New York.

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