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 below €1,500.
All fares in question feature lie-flat-seats for all Atlantic crossings. Products feature Iberia’s A340-600 business class and Lufthansa’s A340-600 business class. You could also route your Start Alliance flight vie Newark. If you choose to do so, an United Airlines Boeing 737 will carry you to New York, while a Boeing 767-300ER hosts you enroute to Madrid.
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The fare rules for the Oneworld flights state that tickets will be available until January 19th. The offer is valid for trips commencing between January 14th and November 30th, 2020. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find any details for the Star Alliance.
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 use 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 directely with the airline. 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.
- 20,080 on LATAM Pass
- 20,080 on Finnair Plus
- 14,970 on British Airways Executive Club
- 14,970 on Iberia Plus
- 12,470 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 12,470 on Air Italy Meridiana Club
- 12,470 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 12,470 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 12,470 on American AAdvantage
- 12,470 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 12,470 on Asia Miles
- 12,470 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
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- 6,980 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Further, a roundtrip is worth 280 tier points in BA Executive Club. Consequentely, 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:
- 21,020 on LATAM Pass
- 21,020 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 16,320 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,060 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,060 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,060 on United MileagePlus
- 12,790 on Miles & More
- 12,790 on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,170 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 9,140 on ANA Mileage Club
- 1,760 on Asia Miles