Major airline alliances currently engage in competitive pricing for business class tickets from Madrid to Bogota, Colombia. Oneworld member Iberia, for example, is selling tickets for a non-stop trip between Europe and South America at prices starting just above €1,550.
All fares in question feature lie-flat-seats for all Atlantic crossings. The flights feature Iberia’s A350 business class and Lufthansa’s A340-600 business class.
Maybe flying from Madrid doesn’t suit you at all. In that case, here are some other business class deals to Bogotá:
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The fare rules for the Oneworld flights state that tickets will be available until March 12th. While the minimum stay requirements for Star Alliance flights allow for a stay of 6 days, Oneworld will make you spend at least a week at in Colombia. However, all airlines set the longest period to 12 months.
We recommend searching Google Flights (instructions) for possible flight dates and using your data to look if there is a cheaper fare on the same date via our flight search (there usually is). However, when booking premium tickets it is always safer to buy directly with the airline (iberia.com or lufthansa.com). This way, you will get better customer service in case any problems arise.
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.
To save you some time, looking for available dates, we’ve compiled two calendars, showing the availability for both airlines, for trips of up to 2 weeks. First, here are the dates for Iberia flights:
Here are the available dates for the Lufthansa flights:
Further, a roundtrip is worth 280 tier points in BA Executive Club. Consequently, you’re already close to becoming a Bronze member.
This is where things get interesting. Lufthansa issues tickets in booking class P for all routings via Frankfurt. This alone results in some attractive mileage in most Star Alliance frequent flyer programs:Mileage calculation is currently unavailable.