There’s a real business class fare war to Europe going on right now, mostly initiated by United, for business class travel out of many airports that aren’t United hubs (or co-terminals with United hubs, and except on specific routes that are pretty unique to Delta like New York JFK – Venice).
So you can buy business class tickets for less than $1500 roundtrip this summer — about what you’ll pay for coach for summer travel in many cases.
Fly from cities like:
- Allentown, PA
- Westchester, NY
- Fort Lauderdale
- Las Vegas
- San Jose
- Orange County
To cities like Rome, Milan, Venice, Paris, Amsterdam, Florence, Nice, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Barcelona, and Madrid.
- Book on Orbitz, or at United.com
- Must purchase at least 60 days in advance (not a problem, since travel can’t commence until June 27)
- Outbound travel has to be between June 27 and August 30; return travel must be between June 29 and September 4.
Here, for instance, is what an availability calendar looks like for Baltimore – Rome business class roundtrip in July.
A ‘normal’ discount advance purchase business class fare for the route, if you can talk about such a thing, is twice as much.
I don’t think this is a mistake fare, just a fare war, but I do not expect it to last even through the day so act now if you’re interested in summer travel to Europe.