American Airlines is running all of its Europe and deep South America flights from New York JFK with Boeing 777s. That’s too much capacity even for a joint venture partner’s hub like Madrid (Iberia). They really ought to be basing some smaller aircraft, like Boeing 787s, out of New York and serving more destinations profitably.
During peak summer months and during fall and winter holidays there’s often fare compression, business class tickets go down in price (especially for restricted fares that leisure flyers can buy) while coach gets more expensive. We’re certainly seeing that on American’s New York JFK – Madrid route, where they’re discounting business class. For about the same money you can also fly their partner Iberia’s business class non-stop as well.
Here’s a mixed-airline itinerary for $1953 roundtrip:
Key details of fare basis VLX4C1P5:
- Books into I (discounted business) inventory
- Departures from the US permitted Sunday through Wednesday
- Returns from Europe permitted Tuesday through Friday
- Outbound travel available July 24 – August 19, November 25 – November 30, December 24 – January 1
- Return travel permitted August 21 – September 8, November 25 – November 29, December 29 – December 24, December 29 – January 4
- 60 day advance purchase required
- Saturday stay required
- $900 refund fee prior to departure of first flight
- $500 change fee
One of Two American Airlines Boeing 777-200 Business Class Seats, This One is ‘Concept D’
If you’d rather credit the trip to a SkyTeam frequent flyer program like Delta’s, Skyscanner will pull up Air Europa business class itineraries from $1835 roundtrip.
There’s likely too much capacity between New York airports and Madrid, with 7 flights a day between American, Iberia, Delta, Air Europa, United, and Norwegian. That’s great for anyone still looking for a summer deal to Europe.
Departing New York JFK American Airlines (and oneworld partner) business class passengers have access to American’s Flagship Lounge, which is my favorite of the airline’s business class lounges thanks to their ‘Bridge Dining’ area with made-to-order food.
(HT: Premium Flights)