Economy class round trips between SFO and Europe during peak summer travel season (July/August) are now approaching $1,500 round trip– and will continue to creep up to near the $2,000 mark over the next few months.
However, airlines have a tough time selling those big business class seats on transatlantic flights because a lot of business travelers are on vacation during July and August. Due to the drop in demand for business class during summer, airlines are dropping prices– from the standard $6,000-$8,000 round trip to as little as $2,250 round trip.
For example, Lufthansa’s round-trip, all-in business class fares from SFO range from $2,250 to $3,500 depending on your final destination. (See chart below.) You must book your trip by May 31 for trips beginning June 29 and ending before September 1.
These fares are good on Lufthansa as well as its Star Alliance partners Air Canada, Swiss or United. United has matched Lufthansa’s business class sale. So have SkyTeam airlines such as Delta, KLM and Air France. Virgin Atlantic has joined in the fun. However British Airways does not appear to be joining in on the sale at this time.
Lufthansa fares from SFO:
With fares that low for business class…would you pay the premium for a big seat up front?