Here are my tips to find the cheapest First or Business Class flight tickets to Europe from North America, on airlines like Delta, United, American, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
I have already put together an article on the cheapest flights to Europe in economy. Spoiler Alert – The cheapest way to get to Europe this Summer and Fall is to book via Norwegian Airlines which are offering $99 flights.
My tips incorporate booking Business Class tickets during sales and crucially not on the airline website direct.
1. Use A Business & First Class Specialist Like Our Luxury Concierge
This tip is really quite simple. Don’t book through the airline’s website direct. Our Luxury Travel Concierge will usually quote you cheaper for Business and First Class flights to Europe that start in North America. In fact, we are worth a try for Premium flights travelling to and from anywhere in the world.
2. Book Sale Tickets
Most airlines offer sales from time to time and if you add yourself to the mailing list of each major airline that you use, then you will be notified when they have a sale. You can then get a quote for the same sale ticket from Luxury Travel Concierge.
3. Book Unusual Routings
Business and First class tickets can vary significantly depending on which country the flight originates. Blogs like HeadforPoints for ex-Europe flights and View From The Wing for ex-US flights tend to keep readers up to date with incredible fares that involve travelling via hubs you might not have thought of, in order to snag Business Class tickets on the cheap.
4. Consider Other Airlines
I have written in depth about Norwegian Airlines excellent Premium Economy which is comparative to Domestic First, and offers excellent prices for routes to and from North America. They currently offer the cheapest transatlantic flights to America in a premium seat, although their premium seat is not nearly as good as Business Class lie flat seats you will find on airlines like British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, American and United airlines.
Another option for a Premium Business Class transatlantic is La Compagnie which offers 100% Business Class seats in its planes and is currently offering return tickets for around $1,200 between New York and Paris.
La Compagnie Business Class seats are better than those “Premium” seats offered by Norwegian, but Norwegian wins in my top 10 best Premium Economy Airline listing and is a great option for those wanting to travel to Europe in a very good Premium Economy seat for leisure, as their fares are so much cheaper than “proper” Business Class.
5. Use Frequent Flyer Miles
Another way to snag First and Business Class airfares is by using frequent flyer miles or points collected via credit cards. Credit cards also sometimes offer upgrade vouchers as a bonus for hitting certain spends on your card.
I collect free British Airways Avios with my Lloyds Avios Rewards Credit Card. This also gives me a return upgrade voucher for one trip when I hit my spending limits. Alternatively, you can convert points like American Express Membership Rewards into air miles. This means I earn my flights for all my online spend, I even earn Avios when I buy Bitcoin!
Remember that availability of these mileage seats can be low and redeeming miles for airline tickets often means that you still have to pay a surcharge for taxes and “fees” so these flights are not free.
I have also reviewed the best American Airline has the best Business Class and have also looked into which British airline offers the best Business Class transatlantic, British Airways Or Virgin Atlantic.