British Airways business class $1,200 tickets from SFO to Italy deal expired in the past hour before 10am PT. Delta still has low Biz fares from select airports in the USA to Germany and other places, except Spain looks like it dropped out along with the BA Italy Biz fares. See my morning recap of the fare war for list of cities offering cheap Delta/Skyteam Business Class tickets to Europe.
Now I can get back to my bread and butter economy fare deals. In addition to the AARP $400 Business Class discount for British Airways, there is also a $65 AARP discount on British Airways economy class tickets and $130 discount on BA Premium economy tickets.
Anyone can join AARP and purchase BA tickets through their special reservation booking link and the discount is calculated automatically off eligible fares. I renewed my membership back in March primarily to be able to get this AARP BA discount rate.
AARP discount $65 off economy class round trip tickets; $130 off Premium Economy
Missed Italy? How about flying to the rest of Europe on cheap BA economy tickets
While the BA Business Class deal offered cheap tickets to Italy and Malta, there is currently a much wider sale to airports across Europe with Oneworld airlines.
From California ticket prices to London are around $650 round trip after the AARP $65 discount is applied.
Los Angeles to London $652 round trip Economy
British Airways Los Angeles LAX – London LHR (nonstop flights)
$652.18 Wed Sep 14 – Tuesday Sep 27
Prices were about the same at $646 from New York JFK for dates I checked.
Since so many cities across Europe are on sale, this is also a good opportunity to book an open-jaw ticket to fly into London and back to the USA from a different airport for around the same ticket price as London alone.
Open Jaw Los Angeles to London / Paris to Los Angeles $631 economy round trip (World Traveler class)
British Airways Los Angeles LAX – London LHR (nonstop flight outbound)
Paris CDG – London LHR – Los Angeles LAX (one stop inbound flights)
$630.60 Wed Sep 14 – Monday Sep 26
British Airways Premium Economy World Traveller Plus
I tried several Premium Economy itineraries (World Traveller Plus), however the prices were about $500 more round trip and I could not find a low fare flight back from London in Premium Economy that offered the AARP discount. The total fare was in the $1,000 to $1,100 range. Some economy itineraries I saw from New York JFK allowed purchased upgrade to Premium economy for lower one way price at $150.
British Airways New York JFK – London LHR (nonstop flights)
$1,095.50 Premium Economy Wed Sep 14 – Monday Sep 26 (no AARP discount)
Other British Airways USA-Europe economy fares (dozens of USA airports offer low economy fares around $600 to $700 round trip).
- $688.04 Seattle – Edinburgh Sep 13-21 (after AARP $65 discount)
- $652.18 San Jose SJC – London LHR Aug 23-31 (nonstop flights) (after AARP $65 discount).
- $640.61 Dallas DFW – Frankfurt FRA Aug 28-Sep 8 (after AARP $65 discount).
- $669.28 Chicago ORD – Athens ATH Aug 28-Sep 8 (after AARP $65 discount).
These are random cities I picked to random places in Europe and this short list should give you the correct impression that these $600s round trip economy fares are available from across the USA to airports across Europe for travel from late August into 2017.
Other Loyalty Traveler articles related to this ongoing fare sale to Europe in Business Class and Economy Class
Loyalty Traveler – Hotel Promotions Guide May 2016.