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God Save the Points highlights an excellent business class airfare sale on British Airways that has many routes on sale for prices around $1800 round trip. If you have an AARP membership (which is cheap and a bit cheaper yet if you have the Chase Offer for AARP – remember that anyone of any age can join), you can save $200 off these fares, dropping them to the $1600s. Furthermore, you’ll earn a boatload of Alaska Mileage Plan miles if crediting the flights to Alaska. In most cases, the reduced fares are available at least through the end of 2021 and in some cases into 2022.
- British Airways has a number of routes from the US to Europe on sale in the $1800’s round trip. Use the AARP discount to drop prices by $200.
God Save the Points has a list of routes including examples like New York to Paris, Amsterdam, and Vienna, Chicago to Naples, Boston to Rome and more. Using Google Flights to explore for other deals, I also found New York to Porto for $1583.50 round trip (hard to get a good screen shot of the total, but see the amount by “Your booking today” under the credit card advertisement).
Unfortunately, in that example, you’d have to transit between Gatwick and Heathrow in both directions, which would quickly eat up savings. I also find it rather British Airways of them to add a $113 fee in each direction to select a seat in business class.
Still, in some situations this will be quite appealing with quite a few routes around $1800 before the AARP discount.
I have been a card-carrying AARP member for a couple of years now (mostly just to write about deals like this). There is no age restriction — anyone can join AARP.
A 1-year membership costs $12. After $8 back from the Chase Offer, you’d pay a net $4 — which is well worth it for the $200 discount if you’re going to book one of these fares.
For more on how to use the AARP discount, see Extreme Stacking British Airways, AA, and Iberia flights. Note that the AARP discount is only valid on flights operated by British Airways, so you’ll need to avoid those itineraries that are mixed with American, Iberia, and/or Finnair.
As noted above, you’ll also earn a boatload of Alaska miles on these fares. I didn’t double check the fare class, but I expect these are R or I business class fares, which means earning 250% mileage flown in redeemable miles before any elite bonuses.
That means the trip to Porto, which is one of the shortest possible itineraries to Europe, should earn more than 21,000 redeemable miles.
If you’re looking to book a trip to Europe, this could certainly be a relatively cheap way to do it. I’d recommend checking out the cancellation policy in case travel situations change in the coming months despite the fact that many destinations in Europe are now open for vaccinated travelers.