December 5, 2017 Flash Fares
Sample Savings for Business Class: Washington, DC to Athens goes for $2,055 round-trip (inclusive). Compared to a high fare no advance route, such as Paris at $8,204 (inclusive), a savings of $6,149 (75%).
For more on how to be an Opportunity Traveler and take advantage of low fare routes, go here.
Also, refer back to FCF’s article on How Open-Jaw Itineraries and Airfares Can Save You From Getting Bitten.
British Airways’ Business Class fares are slightly higher but with the AARP Discount (anyone of any age can join for $16) members save up to $200 when booked with British Airways before Jan. 31, 2018. The Chicago to Amsterdam fare is $2,591, but with the AARP discount the cost drops to $2,391. Refer back to British Airways cuts AARP discount.
Get an additional benefit of 10% off now until Dec. 31 with the British Airways Visa card, using promo code CARDOFFERU (the 10% discount will most likely be extended at some point into 2018). The Chicago to Amsterdam fare with the AARP discount is $2,444, but with the 10% off the cost drops to $2,199. Refer back to How to Save an Additional $200 + 10% Off on British Airways—Even with Amazingly-low Premium Flash Fares.
Upgrading on American: From Business to First Class takes 50,000 miles round-trip plus $1,100 co-pay. For more information, go here.
Upgrading on British Airways: From Business to First Class takes 36,000 to 45,000 miles during off-peak and 40,000 to 50,000 miles during peak season round-trip. For more information, go here.
Upgrading on United: From Business to First Class takes 40,000 miles round-trip plus $1,100 co-pay. For more information, go here.
Remember that Flash Airfares—which can change any time and probably will, generally within a day or two, more or less—can be extended on 13 airline websites (plus as many as 15 partner airlines). See FCF’s August report for details on How to Hold Amazing Business and First Class Flash Fares Before They Disappear into a Black Hole.
- Ticketing Deadline: Varies
- Advance Purchase: No advance
- Departure/Return Travel Days: Mon. through Thurs.
- Travel Window: Varies
- Minimum Stay: Varies
- Maximum Stay: Varies
For Travel Agents: If your travel agent or airline reservationist is having difficulty finding these fares, provide them the “Fare Basis Code(s)”, which they can use to pull up a “Fare List” in their computer, which will give them the fare’s “rules” to help navigate to the deal: Air France, Delta, and KLM, Z; American, British Airways, I; Lot Polish, Lufthansa, SWISS, and United, P.
Sample Business Class Fares to Europe
Screenshot of sample fare on Lufthansa.com:
Screenshot of Availability Calendar on Google.com/flights:
Screenshot of sample fare w/ AARP discount on BritishAirways.com:
Screenshot of sample fare w/ AARP discount + 10% off on BritishAirways.com:
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Everybody knows how frequently airfares change (some estimates claim that there are up to 500,000 fare changes daily). Because that’s a few too many for First Class Flyer to keep up with, FCF cannot guarantee that all fares discussed will be available when you go to make a booking. Also, for the sake of quick and easy “executive summary” format, all fare rules and restrictions can’t possibly be included. Fares quoted usually include the average taxes and fees for the routes in the chart.