While you’ll often find great one-way international fares to the US (especially in first and business class), it’s exceedingly rare to find cheap one-way fares from the US. That’s simply because of how airlines price tickets, and they assume they can get away with charging more for these tickets.
That’s why it’s noteworthy that as noted by Steven at samchui.com, at the moment American, Delta, and United all have excellent one-way business class fares from several US cities to Seoul Incheon, starting at just $1,200 one-way. Here are some basic things to be aware of:
- These fares are valid for bookings through August 7, 2018, though the fare could be pulled earlier
- These fares are valid for departures between August and November
- The fares are valid from Baltimore, Boston, Indianapolis, Raleigh, and possibly more
- You can search fares on ITA Matrix or Google Flights, and then book directly with the airlines
For example, you could fly a Delta One Suite on the A350 through Atlanta for $1,267, which is a great value.
Delta business class A350
With American you could pay $1,266 and fly via Dallas to Seoul Incheon, with the longer flight being on their 787-9, featuring reverse herringbone seats.
American business class 787-9
Or if you’d like you can get a bit more creative and route through Hong Kong. The benefit could be that American flies the 777-300ER from both Dallas and Los Angeles to Hong Kong, so you could upgrade to first class using a systemwide upgrade, if you wanted to.
American first class 777-300ER
A ticket from Boston to Dallas to Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon would cost $1,440.
Or if you wanted you could fly from Boston to New York to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon for $1,424.
The fares are also available on United, though at the moment the Seoul Incheon flight out of San Francisco is operated by a 787, featuring business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration.
These really are exceptional fares for travel originating in the US. Roundtrip fares are slightly less than double the cost of a one-way, though the fact that they’re available at such good rates one-way is what surprises me. This could be useful if you want to pay cash to fly in one direction and redeem miles in the other direction.
If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earn. The Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.
Is anyone considering taking advantage of these great fares?