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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 ba.com 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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Comments (113)

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  • Alex says:

    On a related note, what actually allows an airlines to cancel a ticket. Can they just cancel anything they want per T&Cs? I guess what I’m asking is where is the burden of proof that the fare is an error?

    Sure, £1 return or whatever is fairly clear and sure €500/600 is cheap, but not necessarily obvious, especially to someone who doesn’t travel often.So really, are they just allowed to cancel anything if they wanted? Or do they need to prove its an “error”?

    • JDB says:

      Who knows what BA will or won’t do, but at this stage there is no onus on BA to prove anything. If they choose to, they can simply cancel the booking citing unilateral mistake and it’s then up to the passenger to sue them, claiming it wasn’t a mistake and the booking should stand.

      The onus is then on BA to prove (on the balance of probabilities) that it was a mistake. The same principle can be applied to most contracts. If anyone were to pursue BA, it’s more likely to be a more frequent traveller who will probably also be less likely to win, particularly once the court is told of the background to the bookings, their pattern of travel, prices previously paid etc.

      • Harry T says:

        Why would someone who more frequently travels be less likely to win in court? I don’t think they will be facing an FBI investigation into their previous bookings.

        • JDB says:

          Simply on the basis that it would have been more obvious to the frequent traveller that the fare was an error. Of course there won’t be any investigation but you can be certain that if BA didn’t honour the fare and someone chose to fight them, they would list the fares you had previously paid for starters. The claimant might also be asked questions about the circumstances and if they were evasive, the case would crumble rather quickly.

  • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

    As I posted the other day when someone raised error fares it may be that BA does honour these fares simply because in the scheme of things not many tickets at these prices have actually been sold and given the extra revenue they will earn with lots of people wanting positioning flights to/from DUB/CDG/OTP etc

    • Marcw says:

      Wishful thinking. IB had an error fare to Chile (around €1k)… And offered travellers a refound or to travel in economy. The interesting bit is that IB contacted passengers 1 month before travel dates.

      • Harry T says:

        It was a lot less than 1000 euros!

        • Harry T says:

          1000 euros is just the normal sale price of a ticket on that route from Europe.

          • DZOO says:

            Really? Many had their 1k tickets cancelled also…

          • marcw says:

            Please tell me where I can get a FULLY FLEXIBLE BUSINESS class ticket to South America for €1k.

          • Mart16 says:

            Pretty easily from Iberia a few months back (albeit some did indeed get cancelled which was pretty unfair)

  • Alfred says:

    In my experience, whenever a OneWorld fare across the Atlantic seems a likely error, I always book on AA.com and try to combine BA and AA metal. If it is a big error, BA will more than likely cancel and AA are more likely not to. This has happened several times over the years. Biggest win was Mexico in First from Prague, when BA cancelled all of the BA issued tickets – but AA maintained all the AA issued tickets. I remember getting a warning at the gate in Prague ‘you probably won’t be let on in London’ but that was the last I heard of it. Best £400 or so I’ve ever spent on flights I think. 🙂 That was clearly a massive error though. £700 on business is much more of a grey area.

    • Scott says:

      Well, there used to be the £1000ish DUB-LCY-JFK-LAX-HNL fares in business, and I’m sure some people managed £700 or so ex-JER.

      They’ve also done things like the £787? fare to ICN, but that was limited to just there as part of a new route.

      Only “error” fare I’ve had cancelled was BFS-LHR-(SIN or DXB?)-MEL for around £315 with Qantas in economy. Booked under a week before the travel dates and that was cancelled, being cited as an error fare, 2 days beforehand.

      Possibly a WT+ price?

  • Talay says:

    Would it be the case that if you were flying from Italy, then as long as you notified the airline that you were not taking the first flight, then they would not be able to cancel your onward flights due to a court ruling some years ago which stops flights booked in Italy from suffering this cancellation ?

    Thus, in this example, you could book MXP-LHR-JFK and simply turn up for LHR-JFK ?

    Also on any skiplag return, just get your bags checked to where you want to get off, not through to your final destination.

  • Catherine says:

    I got DUB-LAX via Heathrow for £1200 return in club world for November later in the afternoon. Price is still the same this morning. Was even cheaper for flight via Helsinki with Finnair. I was happy with that.

  • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

    I’ve started a forum thread to track cancellations/downgrades.

  • Marc says:

    I managed to book DUB->CUN return in business in mid-October. E-tickets have already been issued. Hopefully BA will honor those. How long should I wait before looking for flights to/from DUB. A few weeks maybe? What do you recommend?

  • Kieron34 says:

    “If you come back via London and are only on hand baggage, you can slip out at Heathrow with no issues.”

    Is this correct? I had read previously that BA sometimes follow-up with a fare adjustment and even threatens legal action if all sectors are not completed.

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