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(Deal dead) Crazy €750+ BA / AA business class fares to New York, Boston, DC

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If you have plans to fly to New York – and possible further afield – you may want to move fast. British Airways is selling sub-€1,000 business class fares.

EDIT: It appears British Airways spotted the error and has now updated its pricing, sorry! If you booked, do NOT make any non-refundable hotel arrangements for a couple of weeks in case BA decides to play tough.

Take a look at this example:

British Airways cheap business class to New York

I managed to find this within five minutes. It includes a direct flight from Paris to New York on American Airlines, connecting via Heathrow on British Airways on the return.

This is a phenomenal price, given how expensive premium flying currently is.

There’s a minimum 3-night stay required. During my search, I only saw these prices when I included a Saturday night. You may get lucky and find one without a weekend, but it’s unlikely as British Airways doesn’t want to discount to high-margin business travellers.

British Airways €750 business class to New York

The flights are NOT available from London. You need to be searching from Paris. For total clarity, even if transferring in London, you MUST board in Paris or your entire trip is cancelled. If you come back via London and are only on hand baggage, you can slip out at Heathrow with no issues.

Remember that flying via Heathrow will earn you an extra 40 British Airways Executive Club tier points each way, and a few more Avios, but you may decide that the direct Paris flight is more convenient on the way out.

Dates vary, but you need to be searching between February and May, or September and December this year.

Tickets are obviously non-refundable BUT there is the standard 24 hour cooling off period, so if you want to book now and ask your partner tonight you should be fine.

Other cities are available from Bucharest

Also available are are €750 fares from Bucharest to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC. These are far more restricted – you seem to have more chance in February than in Summer.

Here’s an example:

British Airways €750 fares New York business class

You can book on the British Airways website here. You may not find these fares on flight comparison sites.

In terms of paying …. if you book at you will earn 3 Avios per £1 (double the usual amount) on a British Airways Premium Plus American Express card and 2 Membership Rewards points per £1 (double the usual amount) on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. Both of these cards charge a 3% FX fee, however, so you may prefer to use any 0% FX fee card you have instead.

Good luck!

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You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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Comments (113)

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  • JoeP says:

    It has been over 48 hours since this deal expired, and I have had no communication from BA to say that they won’t honour these bookings. Has anyone else heard anything regarding what action they plan to take (if any)?

    • Marc says:

      Same here… booking is still visible in my account, no mail, no refund whatsoever. My e-ticket has not been canceled as well.

  • Jman says:

    I regretted at the time not pulling a trigger but in hindsight I’d be too stressed about it cancelling. So glad I didn’t book!

  • DublinFlyer says:

    Anyone know how much notice they would need to give if they are going to cancel? I successfully got DUB-JFK departing October 5, but don’t want to arrive on the morning of the flight or even shortly beforehand to be told my ticket isn’t valid!!

    • JoeP says:

      If a party to a contract wishes to assert unilateral mistake as a basis for rescinding the contract, they are normally required to do this as soon as practical after the unilateral mistake is discovered. Since BA pulled the fares from their system on Tuesday within few hours after having published them, it could be easily argued that they discovered these contracts existed at that time. So I t gets harder for them to assert unilateral mistake as time goes on. Past behaviour is also taken into account. If they were able to cancel all erroneous tickets within 4 days of issuance 5 years ago, it becomes hard to argue that they should not be able to do so now.
      Another problem they’ve got is that some tickets were issued for 750-950€, but then others for 450-600€. They might not get away with asserting that a 950€ ticket is an obvious mistake, but where do they draw the line? It makes it difficult for them to cancel some tickets issued based on an error fare but not others.
      But as has been pointed out, they might take the risk of legal action being brought against them, so despite the issues I pointed out, I wouldn’t count on anything yet. But as time goes on, I wouldn’t worry as much

  • JoeP says:

    Still nothing to indicate any problem after 9 days.
    I decided to do some research in the meantime to see what we could do if BA decided to cancel these bookings.
    One issue BA has is that the sale is to US cities. US Department of Transport would require them to reimburse any of us for any non-refundable costs we incurred due to booking these fares. USDOT has taken enforcement action against BA before (not for this issue) so we would have rights under DOT regulations if they decided to cancel.
    Also, UK law does not apply to these tickets. Instead, the law of the country of booking applies (you can find the country on your ticket). Contract law in many continental jurisdictions is much more in favour of the consumer than in the UK. Irish law is closer to English law however. But still, I don’t think they’d get away with asserting a unilateral mistake on the Dublin tickets since so much time has elapsed.
    I honestly think that given these variables, and given the fact that 9 days have passed with no communication from BA, but instead everything being normal with these bookings, they will honour them.

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