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£1,100 business class fares ex-Scandinavia across all alliances to US West Coast

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Just after Christmas I wrote about some of the excellent deals available in the British Airways sale in Club World if you were willing to start your trip in Dublin.  Prices are (they are still bookable) as low as £1,100 return to Hawaii.

Something odd is clearly happening in the Scandinavian airline market as oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance are all now fighting it out with similarly priced fares to the US West Coast.

These fare are available for travel from now until the end of October.

Los Angeles

Basically, you can take your pick from various airlines and various alliances if you are looking to build up status with someone in particular.  Taking a random set of dates (1st – 10th July) Expedia offers me for Oslo to Los Angeles:

£1,069 return – KLM via Amsterdam (SkyTeam)

£1,086 return – Lufthansa / Air Canada via Frankfurt and Montreal (Star)

£1,087 return – Brussels Airlines / United via Brussels and New York (Star)

£1,101 return – Lufthansa via Frankfurt (Star)

£1,161 return – British Airways via London

It is also worth checking fares from Copenhagen which are similar – albeit with a little less choice.

You should shave a couple of pounds off these fares by avoiding the Expedia fees and booking directly at,, etc depending on alliance.

If you want to head to the East Coast, SkyTeam business class tickets to New York start at £921, albeit Oslo is a major diversion from the UK to head to NYC!  Good for British Airways tier points of course.

Comments (74)

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  • mycity says:


    Slightly OT
    I’ve got booked Man to Mco returning Mia to Man in business using at 241 so cost around £1000 plus 100,000 Avios. Looking at the deals currently I’m thinking of booking ex Dublin in business same routing just through Philadelphia on US Airways (think its Envoy across the Atlantic each way ) cost for two is £1800. I’d get Avios and tier points as well, I’d also get my 241 back etc.
    The advice I’m looking for is are there any pitfalls going through Philadelphia ie changing planes and terminals for the hassle that goes with it and is it worth me paying and getting my 241, 100,000 Avios back plus getting tier points for a layout of say £750?
    At this point I’m ignoring the positioning flight and would also book a leg to return London to Dublin but not take it.
    Any advice please?


    • Guesswho2000 says:

      I connected to BOS via PHL in November. Had the usual wait to clear customs, as you expect.

      However, we were delayed taking off at LHR, so arrived late and missed the connection – someone was waiting with new boarding passes and we were on our way, arriving in BOS only about an hour and a half after schedule.

      (The weird routing was me fulfilling my 4x AA/US segments to retain AA status, by the way!)

    • Speedbird_ABZ says:

      I did exactly the same for a LAS trip in July and don’t regret it. Earning the tier points was well worth it. I’m on the new AA 767 business class, Transcon 321 and the new 777-300 business class rather than a crappy old BA 747 as well.
      I’d certainly d it if I wer you.
      Only problem I have is finding something worthwhile to use my 2-4-1 voucher on.

      • Speedbird_ABZ says:

        Oops, sorry for the grammar. Fat fingers, not ignorance or alcohol!

  • Andy says:

    The above link was of interest to me and I recently booked via my Bronze BA Exectuive Club membership 2 tickets from DUB to LAX

    I did the booking via the iphone app – My account – book a flight with Avios. My dates were 23/09/15 to 04/10/15 – 2 people booking DUB-LAX via Heathrow.

    On the book a flight page, I seclected upgrade with Avios, entered my FROM and TO, DEPART and RETURN selections and the class (before upgrade) – which I selected as Premium Economy – believeing that I would be upgraded to Business.

    I was charged £1284.38 plus 18000 AVIOS points for the 2 tickets.

    I believed that I was getting an upgrade from premium economy to Business for the entire journey.

    When the e-ticket came through after purchase it turns out that only the Dublin to Heathrow part of the journey is upgraded?

    The rest of the journey is not upgraded.

    I have now cancelled the ticket (within 24 hours to get a full refund).

    BA customer services simply tell me that the upgrade is not to all flights. This is not what I was sold.

    I am bemused and want to complain. Is this right? The Link talked about discounted business class flights to the West Coast of America ex Dublin.

    Many thanks for any pointers.

    • @mkcol says:

      I think you’ve misunderstood 2 basic points:
      – the sale was for booking in business class, not for booking & upgrading;
      – your travel dates do not qualify for sale prices.

      I’ve just run your dates through for business class & you’re looking at Euro 3981 for 2 people. The cheapest I can see on a quick scan on ITA Matrix is Euro 1776 per person.

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