Business class to the US from £940
Sadly this is not a BA offer for those of you that want the tier points or Avios, but to be honest at these prices who cares?! It is less than you would pay for premium economy to the West Coast most of the time. The fares are available between £940-980 to the following destinations:
- Phoenix (see my guide here)
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- New Orleans (Mardi Gras is 5 March 2019!)
- San Jose, California
- San Diego
- Austin, Texas
Although these may not be the usual US city breaks there are some great options there. It is the perfect time of year to visit Phoenix and Arizona. It is also over Mardi Gras time for New Orleans. Austin would also be worth considering as a great US city break and there is likely to be some warmer weather at this time of year. It could also be very useful for a ski break from Denver.
The fares must be booked by the end of today and here are the rules:
- Minimum 6 months advance purchase
- Minimum 7 nights stay
- Must travel Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday outbound and Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday inbound
- Available for travel periods:
- from UK –
permitted 28oct 18 through 11dec 18 or 24dec 18 through
31dec 18 or 01jan 19 through 02jan 19 or 15feb 19
through 29mar 19 for each transatlantic sector.
- to UK –
permitted 29oct 18 through 31dec 18 or 20feb 19 through
06apr 19 for each transatlantic sector.
- from UK –
- Must be booked by 30 April
The catch is that you will have to connect in the US to get to these destinations. Across the Atlantic, you can fly with either Virgin or Delta.
At Heathrow you would have access to the Virgin Clubhouse which is my top lounge at Heathrow, if not in the world. With creative cocktails, all table service, a great spa where you can actually get an appointment and even a roof terrace – what’s not to like?
Delta have surprisingly OK seats on the A330 and B767 – unfortunately, the new Delta One suites are not available to the UK yet. The A330 has reverse herringbone seats in a 1-2-1 configuration and the A330 also has 1-2-1 with the throne type seats. You can book via Delta or Virgin Atlantic, just make sure you check the flights carefully so you know what your flights are on.
Other business class deals
Here is a quick round-up of some other deals. They are not as exciting as the Delta/Virgin one but they fit my criteria or under £2000 for long haul business class. These flights all start in London but are indirect with one stop:
- Bali £1765 with Garuda travelling on Tuesdays or Thursdays
- Tokyo £1557 with Garuda (it’s a long way round)
- Maldives £1843 with Sri Lankan from September to November (collect Avios and tier points)
I will have more bits and bobs flight deals tomorrow.
British Airways ‘100 years in the air’ TV program
On Tuesday a 2 part series begins which charts the history of British Airways from its origin 100 years ago when passengers sat in wicker chairs and there was no onboard toilet. The program has an incredible archive of footage with interviews with historians and ex BA crew. The show is on Channel 5 at 9 pm on Tuesday 1 & 9 May.