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Back, cheaper …. £852 British Airways business class flights to the USA from Paris

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The coronavirus is bad news for the travel industry. There is, however, one silver lining for consumers: extremely low air fares.

Last week, British Airways launched a new Luxury Sale from the UK  – you can see the details here.  We wrote about the best BA Club World and First Class sale deals here.

This week, it is offering sub-£1000 business class fares out of Paris to a variety of destinations in the US. These are pretty much as low as it ever gets.

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 they are competing with carriers that can offer direct routings.

In addition, you’ll also pay lower Government taxes when departing from European airports, potentially saving you several hundred pounds.

This is good news for you, since you can get some exceptional deals. Paris is one of the easiest (and cheapest) European cities to get to – there is plenty of competition between airlines and Eurostar, and you could also double up a trip to the USA with a few days in Paris.

The following prices are typical for fares from Paris with connections in Heathrow.  These are business class return prices, taken from September.  You need to travel on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday:

Atlanta – £1098 £1024
Austin – £1098 £1024
Boston – £924 £870
Chicago – £924  £870
Dallas – £1098 £1042
LA – £1272 £1191
Miami – £1098 £1019
Nashville – £924 £852
New Orleans – £924 £852
New York – £901 £870
Philadelphia – £924  £870
Phoenix – £1271  £1196
Pittsburgh – £924  £870
Washington DC – £924  £870

There are no specific dates for travel.  I found these fares right into January 2021, although this will vary by route. You may even find other US destinations not listed – these were just from a quick search.

The flights will be operated by British Airways or American Airlines (review here)  – and if you’re lucky, you may even get BA’s new Club Suite.  For those looking for extra variety, some cities can also be flown on Iberia via Madrid or Aer Lingus via Dublin.

Before you book Aer Lingus, remember that you won’t earn any BA tier points from the flight.  You WILL earn Avios however.  I have not shown Aer Lingus options in the price chart above, but where available they are a little cheaper than the BA flights and you get to clear US immigration in Dublin or Shannon.

You can book on the British Airways website here.  Don’t forget that you can often save on hotel or car rental costs by packaging your flight via BA Holidays too.

You will be charged in Euro when making bookings for flights from Paris.  With that in mind you should use a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees.

If you don’t have a credit card with 0% FX 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 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.

For the benefit of new readers, you MUST take the first flight from Paris to London.  You cannot just get on in London as your ticket will have been cancelled by then.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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:

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Comments (26)

  • marcw says:

    Thanks God someone said IAG is not going to slash prices 🙂

    • Rob says:

      This is just to annoy Air France. They are not selling more than a handful.

      We just ran the numbers comparing the current BA sale with the last one. The difference in Club World is just £15 on average.

  • Lady London says:

    I am more worried about the “revenge” pricing when things settle down.

    I’m still not excited because I’m not seeing much different than has been regularly available for West Coast ex-EU for past couple of years

    • AndyF says:

      Lady London the west coast ex-EU pricing the last couple of years what countrys and airlines offer the best pricing for this?

      • Lady London says:

        Skyteam has been the most aggressive followed by Lufthansa. Most of Western Europe. Sorry to state the obvious but you won’t always get these offered by the airlines themselves. Also fahgeddabahtit in any airline’s particular home market. Other than that it’s been open season for the past 2 years. Maybe longer but I wasn’t paying attention earlier.

        • Lady London says:

          And ahem.. as in Robs recent articles it’s now worth taking a look at Skyteam as you can now earn and burn Virgin on those. Watch out for booking class on anything cheap though. Airlines are getting smarter and you may find it’s cheap cash price but unlike earlier, whereto credit for com will reveal you will get b***** all for some cheap tickets. Or it only works to credit them some places that you might not have thought of (and no, that’s not meaning where the sun don’t shine)

  • PaulW says:

    Why no tier points on aer Lingus ? I thought as long as the flight was a BA code?

  • AndyF says:

    What’s the best website to see pricing above in a calendar view if I am flexible with dates, when looking at these prices?

  • Steve says:

    Hi, on the return leg do you have to take the second flight from London to Paris or can you leave at London with no issue?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      If you are hand luggage only you can leave no issue

      If you aren’t you could probably leave with an excuse (on a long connection so getting your bag back isn’t such a problem.

      Though BA could technically reprice you it’s unlikely to happen because you dropped a last leg once

    • ChrisC says:

      If you dont want to use the last leg then price the fare as CDG-LHR-JFK-LH

      Yes it will be a little more expeensive than ending in CDG but you can walk away with a clear conscious (and no complications with bags) in that you aren’t breaking any of the fare rules / conditions of carriage.

      I ALWAYS price up ending a trip in LHR as well as the direct LHR-XXX route and a full ex-EU route.

      • Lady London says:

        You are right @ChrisC the difference to finish your ticket as above in London might be as little as £15 or so.

  • Andrew says:

    Already been pulled again I think?

    • GT london says:

      think you may be right – i was just looking for LAX and MIA over the late may bank holiday and prices have gone up to almost double.

    • Paul says:

      Can’t find the fares either, google flights says “Unfortunately, the price that you saw on the previous page has changed” every time

  • Jase says:

    Yep, these fares have been pulled again.

  • Graeme A says:

    As a Scot, and regular INV user, I’m seeing INV-BNA/MSY for £1038 in club. GLA/EDI for £1400. My dates are Jan and Feb 2021. Might help someone!

    • Josh says:

      Hi Graeme, any tips on getting one-way to INV? I’m in the central belt, so thinking o/w car hire. Late afternoon BA dep. Thanks!

      • Graeme A says:

        Hi Josh,
        Yes mostly I book one way car hire, avis/thrifty/enterprise operate out of Inverness. In the sales I’ve never paid more than £20 one way fee. I just hire for 24hrs. My booking for next month from avis for a Ford Focus was £47 total. However I have recently seen Glasgow central to Inverness selling for as low as £18 one way. Then it’s either a bus (£4.50) or taxi (£20-25) to the airport. I also believe there is a Courtyard by Marriott being right next to INV. Hope that helps!

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