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I know most (all?) of us would like to just fly for free using miles all the time, preferably in a premium cabin. For some that is possible if you can earn enough miles and potentially take a limited number of flights using those miles each year. However, for others the goal isn’t always flying for “free”, but rather getting as good of a deal as possible using all available methods including purchasing flights when the price is right.
While I don’t often post about premium cabin sales as the prices to buy those seats are usually still pretty crazy and unattainable for the average family’s budget, I want to share this particular sale because it brings to life exactly a couple of points I spoke of in this recent post on Four Ways to Save on Business Class Flights to Europe.
The sale is a three day British Airways sale for Club World (which is their business class) and First Class seats from the United States to London over Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, though other dates are also discounted, just by a lesser amount. The sale started yesterday and runs through tomorrow (Thursday), and while prices are still expensive, they are much less than normal so worth highlighting how stacking available discounts on top of the sale prices works using a real life and bookable example.
The sale prices range based on city and date, but prices start at $2249 for round trip business class tickets from New York to London. On top of that you can stack the British Airways $400 round trip AARP discount for business and first class flights which brings your price down to about $1849. You can then drop that by another 10% by using the promo code CARDOFFERU if you have the British Airways Visa.
That means your final price for a British Airways business class ticket can be as low as about $1658 as shown above. That is still as much or more than many people’s monthly mortgages or rent payments, so I’m obviously not advocating you drop everything and book, but it is a very low price in terms of the normal going rate for a round trip business class flight to Europe. Of course you would also earn miles for the purchased flight. First Class seats are also available at a big discount over the normal rate, but obviously at a higher price point than business class.
Just for fun math, keep in mind that you could theoretically use fixed value points to purchase these fares. It would require 165,800-ish points and you would then get 5% of those redeemed points back for an actual cost of 157,510 points. Then factor in that this trip would earn roughly 10,374 British Airways Avios (you could instead credit to American or Alaska or another partner), and your total number of miles and points spent/earned isn’t that different than if you were to have booked a business class ticket to Europe via many standard airline award charts, only you aren’t tied to award availability and the flights will count towards elite status.
I think it is also worth a mention that other carriers are now matching this sale, but you won’t be able to apply the AARP and 10% Visa discounts to those fares, so British Airways is still likely the cheapest option. Even if you would never consider spending $1600+ on a round trip flight to Europe, it is still good to know that it is possible.
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