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United jumps in on cheap business class to Europe

by on Thu October 15, 2015 • No Comment
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British Airways launched a 48 hour fare sale offering Business Class tickets to Europe for around  $2,000 roundtrip from most major U.S. cities, including the West Coast for travel through next summer.

Delta quickly matched it.

And now United is onboard with its own twist.

  • Some fares are just below $2,000 roundtrip
  • You can book for travel until May 12, 2016 (so next summer isn’t part of the sale)
  • There isn’t any option to save $400 like the AARP / British Airways discount program
  • It’s available from most major U.S. airports, even big United hubs like Houston, San Francisco, and Newark
  • But it’s not available to most Star Alliance partner hubs  (Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Brussels, Warsaw, Geneva, Zurich, and Vienna)
  • You have to finish booking Friday October 16

This isn’t dirt cheap, but it’s a great way to get into Business Class at less than half the usual price.

Here’s a map of some of the destinations available next spring from Houston (ignore the cities mentioned above – those are available though on Delta or American).

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Here’s an example of a Denver to Madrid fare…

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And Los Angeles to Milan…

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With rules that state you can fly as late as May 12, 2016.

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Considering most of these trips cost 140,000 miles or more roundtrip, or 50,000 miles plus $1,100 to upgrade from a cash fare – you may want to bite if you can afford the extra cost.

 

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