Every year about this time I keep my eyes peeled for business class sale fares for summer travel.
Today, United jumped in the fray with some across-the-pond discounts, too. (Keep an eye out for other US carriers to do the same…)
The sale fares are not great, but they are certainly better than standard transatlantic business class fares which run in the $6,000 to $9,000 round trip range.
However, to get the deal, you must book 60 days in advance and stay over a Sunday night, which does not sit well with most business travelers– United is clearly after a leisure traveler with restrictions like this.
What’s interesting is how close these business class fares get to the high coach fares travelers pay during peak summer months. Many are already in the $1,500 to $2,000 range– even higher if you don’t stay over a weekend.
This means you can pay a few hundred or maybe a thousand dollars more for that nice, flat business class seat instead of the usual 4-5 thousand dollar premium over economy class.
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Some of the better roundtrip deals in the United sale (including all taxes and fees):
Washington DC – Rome: $2,500
Washington DC – Amsterdam/Munich: $3,000
Chicago – London $3,600
San Francisco – Frankfurt: $4,013 (One of the priciest in the bunch)
Fine print restrictions:
>Tickets must be purchased at least 60 days prior to departure, but no later than June 30, 2015. Roundtrip purchase is required.
>Travel to Europe is valid between June 26, 2015 and August 29, 2015 with return between June 28, 2015 and September 3, 2015.
>Sunday night stay is required.
Will you bite? Here’s the link to United’s sale page
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