After Oneworld started selling business class tickets from Spain to the USA for €1,313, now Star Alliance member Air Canada has decided to sell its tickets even a tiny bit cheaper. Air Canada is selling business class flights to the USA and Canada for roughly €1,300.
There’s high availability in the late summer and entire autumn. You cannot fly Friday through Monday.
The flights are cheapest from Barcelona:
- Toronto: €1,289
- Montréal: €1,294
- Quebec City: €1,294
- Orlando: €1,310
- New York: €1,310
- Miami: €1,310
- Philadelphia: €1,310
- Boston: €1,310
- Seattle: €1,310
- Houston: €1,310
- Washington: €1,310
- San Francisco: €1,310
- Dallas: €1,315
- Chicago: €1,332
You can also fly from Madrid for €1,293. All flights have a layover in Canada, either in Montreal or Toronto.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
Flights within Canada are often sold in economy class. It is usually possible, though, to get those short segments in business class too by paying a small surcharge. In any case, 2 x 23 kg of luggage is always included.
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The minimum stay requirement is 3 days. The business class tickets have to be booked at least 180 days before departure. Stopovers are not permitted. Google Flights shows all available dates. We recommend booking directly on Air Canada’s website.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
The business class tickets are issued in booking class P. To give you an example, flying to Toronto from Barcelona with a layover in Montreal (and back), would get you:
- 16,694 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 16,380 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,948 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 15,948 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 12,522 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 11,966 Award Miles + 2,394 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 11,962 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 11,962 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 11,962 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 9,968 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 9,968 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 9,968 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 8,348 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 8,348 Miles on Asiana Club
- 8,346 Miles on Miles&More
- 7,974 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 940 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 788 Award Miles + 784 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
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