Oneworld stalwart British Airways is offering very generous fares for FIRST CLASS flights to North America. Several nonstop destinations are available from London-Heathrow for a fare of £1,861 / €2,051. If you decide to fly from Inverness, prices will be about £170 / €190 cheaper.
These tickets are on sale until September 24, 2019, but will likely run out of availabilty much earlier.
These nonstop destinations are included in this offer (prices are per person):
- Mexico City from €2,051
- Dallas from €2,065
- Seattle from €2,102
- Chicago from €2,102
- Houston from €2,159
- Vancouver from €2,190
- Miami from €2,219
- New York from €2,392
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According to the fare rules a minimum stay of 1 night from Saturday to Sunday is required. The deal is available until September 24, 2019. Travel period is restricted and only permitted during the following dates:
- Outbound: January 8 to March 31, 2020
- Inbound: January 8 to April 4, 2020
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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.
These tickets are issued in booking class A. This is a full fare first class ticket – most Oneworld programs grant at least 150%, but most likely 200% of your travel distance in award mileage. This is the expected output for flights to New York:
- 30,980 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 17,210 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 17,210 on British Airways Executive Club
- 17,210 on Iberia Plus
- 16,620 on Finnair Plus
- 10,320 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 10,320 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 10,320 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 10,320 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 10,320 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 10,320 on LATAM Pass
- 10,320 on American AAdvantage
- 10,320 on Asia Miles
- 10,320 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
Further, a roundtrip to America is worth 420 tier points in British Airways Executive Club, going two thirds of the way to Oneworld Sapphire (600 tier points). You can turn this offer into a viable mileage run by adding a departure from Inverness and an American domestic flight:
Thanks two to European Business segments and an American Airlines Domestic First leg you can earn up to 540 tier points on the ticket above. It also includes all four British Airways flight segments you need to get Oneworld Sapphire.
Thanks to our source YHBU!
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