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 (~€1,801), 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 Although this offer is valid until February 2, 2021, it may be withdrawn earlier.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 (~€113) 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:
- 38,600 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 31,980 on TAP Miles & Go
- 23,980 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 19,990 on Vistara Club Vistara
- 19,990 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 15,990 on Asiana Club
- 15,990 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 15,990 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 15,990 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 15,990 on Azul TudoAzul
- 15,990 on Miles & More
- 15,990 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 15,990 on SAS EuroBonus
- 15,990 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 15,990 on EgyptAir Plus
- 15,990 on South African Voyager
- 15,990 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 15,990 on Air India Flying Returns
- 15,990 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 15,990 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 11,190 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 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 30,020 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 29,850 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 29,850 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 24,020 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 22,390 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 22,390 on Saudia Alfursan
- 18,650 on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 18,650 on Air Europa Club
- 18,650 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 18,650 on Korean Air Skypass
- 14,920 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 14,920 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 14,920 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 14,920 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 14,920 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 14,920 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 14,920 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:
- 38,600 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 32,170 on Finnair Plus
- 23,980 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 23,980 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 23,980 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 23,980 on Etihad Guest
- 21,260 on Asia Miles
- 19,990 on Iberia Plus
- 19,990 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 19,990 on British Airways Executive Club
- 19,990 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 19,990 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 15,990 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
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