If you’ve got a hankering to check out London before, during or after the Olympics, get this: British Airways launched a sale last week with fares of just $2012 ROUND TRIP (all in) on nonstops between ATL (plus all other US gateways) and London Heathrow. Delta and other US carriers serving London have matched this astoundingly low business class fare.
How astounding, you may ask? Well, get this: Economy class nonstop round trips between ATL and LHR during July and August now run about $1,200 round trip. So why not pay the $800 premium for business class (which normally runs in the $5,000 to $8,000 range)?
Not only do you get the nice business class deal (and a big seat), but you get the bonus miles for flying up front. For example, in business class on Delta, you earn a whopping 12,630 SkyMiles for the ATL-LHR roundtrip, plus the additional bonus based on your medallion status. When flying coach, you earn 8,420 SkyMiles miles roundtrip.
When I checked today, Delta was slightly undercutting BA with a $2007.10 roundtrip fare.
These are some of the lowest roundtrip business class fares I may have ever seen between ATL and London. It makes me wonder if the Olympics are going to be a boom or a bust for the travel industry. What do you think? Is $2008 round trip business class enough to make you jump for a last minute trip to London?
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