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Exceptional sub-£1000 BA and other oneworld business class deals to the US from Germany

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British Airways launched a new sale on Tuesday – you can see the details here.  We are currently running through the best deals and we will do an article tomorrow.

However, nothing will beat the excellent £1,000-ish business class fares to the USA from Germany just launched by BA.

If you’re a long time reader here you’ll know that some of the best business class deals to the United States can be had when connecting from European airports.  Airlines have to try a little harder to attract connecting passengers as it is competing with carriers that can offer direct routings.

This is good news for us, since (if you don’t mind a positioning flight!) you can get some exceptional deals.

These are typical of the current flight deals from Berlin, with connections at Heathrow (BA), Madrid (Iberia) or Helsinki (Finnair):

New York (€1014, £925)
Boston (€1024, £934)
Philadelphia (€1073, £979)
Chicago (€1170, £1067)

You should find similar fares from any other German airport served by BA, Iberia or Finnair.  Other US destinations are available.

The travel dates are quite specific however, targetting Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter:

23rd – 28th November, return 29th November – 1st December
26th March – 12th April 2020, return 28th March – 15th April
26th June – 22 August 2020, return 3rd July – 26th August

The fares can be booked via the British Airways website. Don’t forget that you can often save on hotel or car rental costs by booking with BA Holidays, too.

If you want to travel at other times, I recommend you have a look at the BA sale prices for UK departures.

What will you get?

Don’t feel obliged to book British Airways flights with this offer – you’ll earn Avios and tier points regardless of carrier.

With a range of possible routings you’ll also have a choice of business class products. You can see our review of the Iberia A350 here, which it flies to some US destinations including New York. Finnair typically flies the A330 across the Atlantic but you can read our review of the A350 business class seat here (photo below).

If you are on a British Airways long haul flight you are likely to get the existing Club World seat although you may get lucky and have a Club Suite refitted Boeing 777 or A350. You can see the list of destinations Club Suite will be on here.

In general, unless you can guarantee Club Suite then I would be tempted to try Iberia or Finnair instead, especially if travelling solo – you get a lot more privacy on those carriers as there are solo seats.

You will earn identical tier points and Avios on all three airlines since these are codeshare flights and you will be travelling on a British Airways flight number if you book on ba.com. Don’t forget you’ll also earn Avios and tier points for the connecting flight from Berlin.

Assuming you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best bet when paying is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays.  You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card.  Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency, because it triggers both the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.

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Comments

  1. Any other US cities available? Any West Coast?

  2. “You will earn identical tier points and Avios on all three airlines since these are codeshare flights and you will be travelling on a British Airways flight number if you book on ba.com. ”

    The Tier Points will be the same but are you sure you will earn identical Avios on Finnair even with a BA flight number?

    I thought flights operated by Finnair result in lower Avios than on BA or Iberia as they don’t award the status bonuses for being Bronze, Silver or Gold. I thought it was the operating carrier that determined the Avios awarded not the marketing carrier. Happy to be wrong.

    • This should be correct. OneWorld earnings are usually based on the marketing airline.

      I think it may be Star Alliance that bases them on the operating airline.

    • Many of the better prices I was finding were through AA not BA.

  3. MudIslandMlungu says:

    OT: with the renovations happening at Helsinki Airport just a heads up that the LHR-HEL B2B is now painless.

    Just like AMS you literally get off and join the queue to get back on. Becoming an open plan transit Terminal without the need to go through PP control and security.

    On my way back to LHR. BAEC Gold dome for another year.

  4. Choosing not to fly direct to east coast and Chicago seems dumb.

    • Shoestring says:

      horses for courses

      there are plenty of people who like tacking on a stay somewhere interesting with the ex Europes, effectively for free; enjoy the flying & lounge experiences in themselves; do the convoluted routes for the tier points as well

      as a pensioner (not yet, folks!) – I could quite see myself getting into the convoluted routes for all of the above reasons, where time is not a problem and it’s far more interesting than sitting in your front room with a nice cup of tea

      • I’m half retired and I love the convoluted routings. When you have time it’s good fun, nice lounges, people watching, some stop overs for as you say a near no cost break. I like flying and airports.

      • Try the convoluted routing to an ex-EU start point from a regional via BA 🙂
        520 Tier Points If you use Club Europe for your positioning and returning sectors.

    • Is there a reason why it’s dumb for east coast and Chicago? Is it less dumb for west coast or some eastbound destination? Do you just mean for <9 hour flights?

  5. TravelDuck says:

    Just booked two returns from Berlin-Philadelphia for under £1,000 each. Managed to tie it in to a trip we were already planning to Berlin. Philadelphia has always been on our “to do” list so it doesn’t count as a tier point run even though it helps us get Gold status back with BA! Excellent value. Thanks for this.

  6. Is it possible to book ex-EU via BA Holidays?

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