Last week, British Airways announced a Business Class fare sale on flights departing London between December 21, 2014 – January 3, 2015. Despite dubbing the promotion “Two for £2014 ($3,145.50),” you don’t have to book in pairs to get the discount. A single ticket will set you back around $1,570 depending on your travel dates. The discounted fare must be booked by 11:50 PM (GMT) on December 4. Outbound travel must be completed by January 3, and inbound travel by January 11, 2015. The discounted business class fares are valid on a variety of routes departing London, including to the following US cities:
- San Francisco
At $1,572 per person roundtrip, is this fare better than redeeming miles?
This discounted business class fare falls below the minimum $1,775 threshold – a price I’ve designated as the point under which it’s cheaper to buy a ticket and redeem Arrival Miles than to manufacture spend the airline miles required for it. It takes a minimum of 100,000 airline miles roundtrip for a business class award between the US and London. This requires $80,000 – $100,000 in manufactured spending. On the other hand, a $1,570 business class ticket requires 141,400 Arrival Miles (after the 10% travel redemption discount), which requires $70,650 in spend on the Arrival Plus card. Factor in the taxes and fuel surcharges that are tacked onto award flights to London and the “Two for £2014” business class fare even more of a bargain.
The only negative to this fare is that it’s only valid on roundtrip flights departing London, so you will have to fly out of and back into London. You could book yourself an off-peak economy return ticket with American Airlines for 20,000 miles one-way (18,000 if you’ve got a Citi AAdvantage Platinum card). This part may be a deal breaker for some or an incentive for the more adventurous travelers. In theory, $1,572 for a roundtrip business class ticket is better than redeeming miles, though if you factor in the restrictions, it ends up being less than practical.
Are you taking advantage of British Airways’ Business Class fare sale this holiday season?