Why the coronavirus crisis is your best chance to bag a business-class flight: BA and Virgin offering up to 60% off lie-flat seat deals from London to the U.S (and throwing in a hotel for free)
- Travel expert Gilbert Ott says that these business return tickets are often £3k
- The frequent flier says some deals from Paris to the U.S, meanwhile, are ‘insane’
- He says: ‘Up to 60 seats on every flight that would be filled are going empty’
The coronavirus crisis has hit the airline industry hard.
But the silver lining for travellers is that there are some incredible luxury deals to be snapped up.
One travel expert told MailOnline Travel that British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, for instance, are offering up to 60 per cent off business class tickets from London to the U.S – and throwing in a few nights in a hotel for free. And he says that deals like this are ‘almost certainly’ related to the coronavirus crisis.
Travel expert Gilbert Ott told MailOnline Travel that British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are offering up to 60 per cent off business class deals from London to the U.S. Pictured is BA’s new business class seat
Gilbert Ott, who runs the flight tips site God Save The Points, said: ‘Business travel is one of the hardest-hit sectors, so one could argue that the luxury deals are even more prevalent.
‘Many companies have imposed travel bans for all non-essential travel, which means up to 50 to 60 seats on every flight that would usually be filled are currently going empty.
‘Deals that would typically last 12 hours are lasting days, which never happens. Obviously, there’s risk, and everyone must conduct their own risk assessment, but I personally am taking advantage.’
Father-of-one Gilbert, who lives between New York and London, reveals on his site that BA is offering deals for around £1,200 per person for round-trip flights from London to America and three or four nights in a hotel.
Gilbert Ott, pictured here in BA’s A350 business class suite, says that because of the coronavirus crisis ‘deals that would typically last 12 hours are lasting days’
He writes: ‘On any given day, paying £1,200 for business class from London to the USA is a great offer, but when it comes with four nights of hotel included, that’s baller.’
Virgin Atlantic, meanwhile, is offering ‘deals [to the U.S] that give you round trips in flatbeds for lower than premium economy prices’, he says.
He pointed out that £3,000 for flights alone, for any airline flying from the UK to America, would be ‘pretty standard pricing’ and that in-between sales, ‘business class is constantly above £2,000 as a minimum’.
The travel expert also points out that if you’re willing to start your British Airways USA trip from Paris there are even better deals to be had.
Gilbert describes the prices as ‘insane’.
For example, BA is offering Paris to the East Coast via London in Club World for around £850-£900 all in.
He writes: ‘Oneworld is having a crazy sale out of Paris that makes flying business class in just about any month in 2020 cheaper than it can be in economy.’
THE LUXURY DEALS IN DETAIL
All business-class flights between London and any American city are typically £2,000 to £3,000, depending on when you book and when you’re flying.
But as Gilbert Ott says, the coronavirus crisis has brought prices crashing down. Here’s how to snare a cut-price lie-flat deal and some of the routes on offer.
BRITISH AIRWAYS FROM LONDON
London to Boston, New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia in November 2020 – around £1,100.
London to Nashville in November 2020 – around £1,190.
London to Miami in November 2020 – around £1,300.
London to Seattle in September 2020 – around £1,500.
London to Los Angeles and San Francisco in November 2020 – around £1,500.
To take advantage of the BA deals, customers must book by March 17. BA says the advertised flight sale prices are discounted from the lowest price available in the 21 days before February 27, 2020.
BRITISH AIRWAYS CODESHARE OFFERS FROM PARIS
Paris to New York JFK via Madrid flying on Iberia and returning via Dublin on Aer Lingus in early June – £864.
Paris to Los Angeles via Dublin flying Aer Lingus and returning via Miami on American Airlines in early June – £1,210.
VIRGIN ATLANTIC DEALS
Virgin’s deals, says Gilbert, ‘pop up on a Friday and rarely make it to the weekend’.
They’re called ‘flash deals’ and currently include JFK and Boston in business for around £1,000 ‘for Monday departures from London in April and May and are cheapest for stays of eight nights or more’, says Gilbert.
They can be booked directly through Virgin or through Skyscanner.
Get in quick and you could fly business for less than flying premium economy.
Source: God Save The Points.
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