Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
If you’re looking for a good value on Business Class fares this year all around the world, consider a visit to Canada.
The U.S. dollar is at longtime highs versus the Canadian dollar, with one U.S. dollar now getting you around 1.4 Canadian dollars.
And to make the bargains even bigger, many Business Class airfares in Canadian dollars are also much cheaper than U.S. equivalents, so you get to stack both the strong dollar and some good deals for Business Class travel.
If you live somewhere a short hop to Canada like the Northeast, Chicago, or Seattle, these deals can be really useful if you’re short on miles, or looking to save them for bigger values.
Below are some examples…all with lie flat Business Class seats, and fares verified by going through the booking process on the airline sites. While you may see prices quoted on the sites in Canadian dollars, these fares are all bookable from the U.S. versions of airline websites, so there’s no need to mislead your location when booking these fares.
Most require a 7 day stay and have change fees in the hundreds of dollars, and the best fares are appearing during June, July, and August.
Montreal – Honolulu with lie-flat seats via Newark: $1,042 roundtrip
Compare to $3,942 for Boston – Honolulu.
Toronto – Rome: $1,782 roundtrip
Compare to $3,019 for New York – Rome with a stop.
Toronto – Johannesburg: $1,877 roundtrip
Compare to $5,467 from New York with multiple stops.
Yes this fare is for the Southern Winter, but it’s perfectly warm and dry in Johannesburg, even if it’s a bit chilly down by Cape Town.
But getting 4 long haul legs in lie flat business class at this price, for a real, non mistake fare from North America is almost unprecedented.
And it’s even available from the West Coast (Vancouver) for just a couple hundred dollars more.
Toronto – Sao Paolo during the Olympics: $1,830
These price out right on the American Airlines website, compared to nearly $6,000 if you flew from New York.
To see more fares, just get into Google Flights and start using the ‘Explore destinations’ map from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Aside from earning big miles from these fares because they’re cash tickets in premium cabins, you can leverage points to get yourself to Canada on the cheap.
Until February 2, you can use your British Airways Avios to book flights to Canada on American Airlines and Alaska Airlines under 651 miles in length for just 4,500 points one way.
So you could fly:
All for just 4,500 points each way.
There’s no fee to cancel and refund an Avios ticket – you just lose some nominal airport taxes, so you can grab seats to visit Canada, and then jump off on one of these great Business Class deals. Remember to transfer and book with your Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards points before Tuesday to take advantage.
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