A bunch of good Business Class fares to the US has been launched by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Star Alliance.
These fares are all from the UK so you don’t need to position yourself in Europe to take advantage.
British Airways to the West Coast
BA is offering Club World fares from around £1500 return to the West Coast.
In theory you need to travel between:
28th October – 11th December
24th December – 31st December
1st January – 29th March
…. although, in reality, there isn’t much available before 2019. Feel free to check but don’t waste too much time trying to find anything with a 2018 departure. A Saturday night stay is required.
Destinations available for Spring 2019 include:
San Francisco (around £1500)
Los Angeles (pricier, around £1700)
Las Vegas (around £1600)
Seattle (around £1500)
Vancouver (around £1500) etc
As always with BA, I strongly recommend checking the Club World section of BA Holidays before you book – click here. Pop in your dates, add a car or the cheapest hotel they have, and you may make a decent extra saving, paying less for the package than you would otherwise just pay for the flight!
You also get extra Avios when booking with BA Holidays, and you can just pay a deposit now (varies depending on booking size) with the balance only due five weeks before you fly.
Virgin Atlantic to the West Coast
Virgin Atlantic has matched the British Airways pricing and dates so you should also take a look at what they can offer.
Here is San Francisco for £1454 in March for example (click to enlarge):
You can learn more about Virgin’s Upper Class product here. We also have a new review of the amazing Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow Terminal 3 next week, as Anika was recently there for the first time.
You can book on the Virgin Atlantic website here.
Star Alliance business class deals for 2019 to the US – from £1,300
If you are looking elsewhere in the US, Star Alliance has some deals for you.
You could find yourself on Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, SWISS etc. The good news is that these deals also work for Lufthansa or SWISS-served regional airports if they can be routed via Germany or Switzerland.
Destinations available are:
- Salt Lake City
You will pay around £1300 return. Here are some sample Detroit options from Expedia (click to enlarge):
You must book by tomorrow (29th) night. You must travel from 22nd February 2019. In theory you are meant to return by the end of March but in reality you can book the full 11 months in advance, so well into next Summer.
Because of the mix of airlines involved, you are best booking via Expedia, Opodo or similar. If you have a ‘£100 off a £1000 Trailfinders’ booking offer on one of your American Express cards, you could try that.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)