Oneworld carriers British Airways and American Airlines offer a bunch of insanely cheap Business Class tickets to Canadian airports with departure from Paris. Fares go as low as €1,128 for a roundtrip to Toronto!
British Airways operates alls short haul flights as well as services to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Toronto is served by BA’s brand new Airbus A350 cabin that features their new Business Class. Flights to Calgary start with a long haul trip from Paris to Dallas on an American Airlines Boeing 777.
Search & Book
All connections in question are displayed accurately by Google Flights. At time of writing, availability is outstanding. For flight dates 2020, you can find these fares daily! We recommend to us Google Flights’ calendar function to find matching dates (instructions). Put that data to good use by purchasing low priced tickets via our flight search or directly at ba.com.
Fare rules state that you have to stay at least one night from saturday to sunday in Canada to take advantage of this fare. Your maximum stay may not exceed one month. This offer will expire on July 16, 2019, but may very well run out of availability earlier.
British Airways issues tickets for European connection in booking class J and international segments in booking class I. Those are full fare booking classes, returning at least 100% of your travelling distance as award mileage. Without any tier bonuses, you can gain the following award miles for a from Paris to Vancouver:
- 25,540 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 19,810 on Finnair Plus
- 16,620 on Iberia Plus
- 16,620 on British Airways Executive Club
- 15,620 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 12,310 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 12,310 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 12,310 on Asia Miles
- 12,310 on LATAM Pass
- 12,310 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 12,310 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 12,310 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 12,310 on American AAdvantage
- 12,310 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Further, long haul segments in booking class I will be awarded with 140 tier points in each direction. Combined with 40 tier points that you receive for each flight between London on Paris, you can gain a total of 360 tier points by purchasing a €1,155 ticket to Vancouver. This results in more than half of what you need to gain Oneworld Sapphire status.
Business Class Products
British Airways’ Club Europe
British Airways’ European Business Class Club Europe can be found across their Airbus A320 family short haul fleet. It uses the exact same seats as in Economy Class. The main diffenrence is that the middle seat is blocked within the usual 3-3 seating arrangement. Unfortunately, this still results in extremly small legroom (less than 80 cm). In contrast, the main benefits of Club Europe are lounge access (if available), free meal service and generous baggage regulations (2 checked bags up to 32kg). You can find a more detailed review of the product here.
British Airways’ Club World Business Class
BA’s Business Class is subject to some mixed reviews. While it offers lie-flat seats in most aircraft configurations, they are deemed to narrow by some costumers. Since not all seats are facing forward, you might have to endure a long trip facing to the rear end of the cabin.
Further, that some business fares do not include free seat selection is critized, as it may cost €60 to select the seat of your choice. A more detailed review of BA’s 777 Business Class can be read here. Their Boeing 787 features a similiar layout that is reviewed here.
American Airlines’ Business Class
American’s Business Class is generally well received. Their food and beverage service gets positive feedback as well as their lie flat seat. In contrast, their lackluster lounges and bulky air bag seat belts are main points of criticism. You can read a more detailed review in English or German.
Information & Tips for Canada
The North American country of Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of surface area. In Canada, English and French are the official languages. Tourists visit Canada because of its many natural attractions and large cities, and the flight prices vary between the east and west coasts. Flights to the east coast e.g. to Toronto or Montreal regularly cost less than 400€. For flights to the west coast, e.g. to Vancouver or Calgary, prices are closer to 400€ – 600€. Other destinations are mostly only reachable with an additional domestic flight. Just like in the USA, most airlines now only offer cheap fares that do not include checked baggage. For checked baggage you should budget an additional 50€ per direction.
Best Time to Travel
Canada is a huge country with many varying climate conditions, but it is safe to say that the winters (November to March) are very cold and snowy in most regions. Summers are relatively mild and partly rainy.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 6 months. However, an electronic travel waiver (eTA) must be applied for, similar to the ESTA required for entry into the USA. This costs about 5€ and is valid for up to 5 years.
Canada’s national currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). One euro is approximately $1.50 CAD. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% to pay in CAD.
Transfer from Canada to the USA
Canada is located north of the USA and is the only other country apart from Mexico that shares a border with it (2 borders, actually: Alaska borders Canada in the southeast!) At many airports in Canada US immigration is already done before departure, so you arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger in the domestic terminal which can potentially save you lots of time since you do not have to stand in line at customs upon arriving. By land the same entry formalities take place as at the airport or by train at the station in Canada. Most EU citizens don’t need a visa and can instead make use of the digital ESTA procedure.
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