All three major airline alliances (mainly their American members) are currently selling decent priced business class trips from London to Hawaii. For just £1,598 (~€1,872), you can take a premium ride across the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean in the final quarter of 2021. All flights mentioned include just a single stop, with the US West Coast cities of Los Angeles, Seattle or San Francisco being the place to change planes in most cases.
The link above shows the offer by Star Alliance member United Airlines. You have plenty of other options within the Alliance as well as with SkyTeam or Oneworld members. If you are willing to add a stop, you can also depart from other UK cities like Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Manchester.
All transatlantic flights take place in an American carriers’ business class cabin like United Polaris, Delta One or American’s business class. Depending on the aircraft type, you’ll sit in another long haul business class seat or in domestic first on flights from and to Hawaii.
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.
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All three alliances offer similar fare rules. Although this offer is valid until February 2, 2021, it may be withdrawn earlier. To get the cheapest tickets, you need to stay at least one night from Saturday to Sunday at your destination. All sets of fare rules define specific travel windows, but flights at the lowest price are available almost daily in October, November and December 2021.
We recommend using Google Flights to find suiting flight dates (instructions). While you can save up to £100 (~€117) when booking with the OTAs our flight search has to offer, we recommend booking directly with an airline (e.g. Lufthansa). If you’re booking on British Airways’ website, make sure not to select the flights that are operated by Alaska Airlines, as that will lead to an error or higher price later on in the booking process.
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.
Star Alliance member United Airlines issues all tickets in booking class P. A roundtrip via Los Angeles earns you the following mileage:
- 38,606 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 31,984 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 23,990 Award Miles + 3,200 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 23,988 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 19,990 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 19,990 Miles on Vistara Club Vistara
- 15,992 Miles on Miles&More
- 15,992 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 15,992 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 15,992 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 15,992 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 15,992 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 15,992 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 15,992 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 15,992 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 15,992 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 15,992 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
- 15,992 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 15,992 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 15,992 Miles on South African Voyager
- 15,992 Miles on Asiana Club
- 11,194 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
SkyTeam’s Delta will book you in booking class Z. When choosing this airline, you will most likely change planes in Seattle.
- 36,030 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 30,028 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 29,852 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 29,852 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 24,022 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 22,390 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 22,390 Miles on Delta SkyMiles
- 22,390 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 18,658 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 18,658 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 18,658 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 18,658 Miles on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 14,926 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 14,926 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 14,926 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 14,926 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 14,926 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 14,926 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 14,926 Award Miles + 72 XP on FlyingBlue
Finally, Oneworld’s American Airlines issues your tickets in booking class I. A trip with a change of planes in Los Angeles earns you the following mileage:
- 38,606 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 32,172 Points on Finnair Plus
- 23,990 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 23,988 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 23,988 Miles on Etihad Guest
- 23,988 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 23,988 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 21,268 Award Miles + 200 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 19,990 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 19,990 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 19,990 Avios + 1,450 TP on Iberia Plus
- 19,990 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 19,990 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 19,990 Avios + 560 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 15,992 Qmiles + 90 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 15,992 Award Miles + 31,984 EQMs on American AAdvantage
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