Here are my tips to find the cheapest First or Business Class flight tickets to London from North America, on airlines like Delta, United, American, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
If you want to travel in economy, I have already put together an article on the cheapest flights to Europe in economy.
If you prefer to travel in luxury, there are still a number of ways you can save significant cash when flying from the US to London and London to America. These tricks will enable you to travel in the same level of cabin, in the same seats that you would ordinarily book, but by using the tips below, you should get your Business Class ticket cheaper than the person in the seat neighbouring yours.
My tips incorporate booking Business Class tickets during sales and crucially not on the airline website direct. It is also worth checking my long haul flight reviews to work out which airline offers the most prestigious Business Class. For this you can read my:
British Airways Business Class flight reviews.
American Airlines Business Class flight reviews.
Virgin Atlantic Business Class flight reviews.
Delta Business Class flight reviews.
and my United Business Class flight reviews.
1. Use A Business & First Class Specialist
This tip is really quite simple. Don’t book through the airline’s website direct. Our flight experts will quote you cheaper for Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class flights to Europe. In fact, contact our experts for discounted 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 our flight experts. We will almost definitely be cheaper for all classes, Coach, Premium Economy, Business and First.
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.
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. It is worth reading my tips on how American flyers can get free flights and air miles with 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.
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