Ben just posted about fantastic business and first class deals available from Dublin, Ireland to various cities in the United States.
As it turns out, if you’re originating in the U.S. and you have last minute travel to Europe this summer, there are still some terrific fares available, at least as of today. I’d act quick!
Lordy, these premium fare roller coaster rides are giving me whiplash.
Fares aren’t just spectacular from Dublin (although it’s hard to beat a ~$1,650 roundtrip business class airfare from Dublin to Honolulu). oneworld seems to be offering a tremendous fare sale of sorts to Dublin, Ireland from nearly every major U.S. gateway, although the prices are a few hundred dollars more expensive originating in the U.S. versus originating in Ireland. In some cases, the other alliances are following suit.
From Chicago, fares start at $2,022 in business class, nonstop, on American Airlines. If you’d prefer to fly British Airways via Heathrow, that’s $2,038. If you’re a United loyalist, you can fly business class via Newark for $2,027.
Remarkably, you can fly in paid First on American from Chicago to Dublin via London for $2,598.
From Charlotte, fares are $2,024 roundtrip and from Dallas, $2,117.
From Los Angeles and San Francisco, business class fares to Dublin can be had for as low as $2,136 roundtrip.
It’s $2,156 roundtrip from many other American cities, including San Diego and New Orleans.
Finally, it’s $2,198 roundtrip in business class from Seattle, Portland, Phoenix and other departure cities.
Though not quite the bargain the Dublin-bound fares are, there are some fantastic fares to the rest of Europe from Chicago across the alliances and in many cases on nonstops.
To Paris, you can fly nonstop on American for $2,350 in business class roundtrip, or for $2,354 you can fly on United or Delta, with stops.
To Athens, you can fly on SkyTeam for $2,642 roundtrip in business class.
And to Rome, you can fly nonstop on all alliances (via United, American or Alitalia) for $2,665.
From Philadelphia, you can fly nonstop on either Delta or USAirways to Paris for around $2,100.
Lisbon is $2,032 nonstop on USAirways, or $2,030 on United nonstop from Newark but ticketed via Amtrak from 30th Street Station, and $2,081 on Lufthansa from Philadelphia via Frankfurt.
Madrid, too, is $2,030 nonstop from PHL on USAirways, or $2,037 on Air Canada via Toronto.
Amsterdam is $2,092 nonstop from Philly. On SkyTeam with stops, roundtrips start at $2,057, and on Star Alliance, from as low as $2,043.
Istanbul starts at $2,347 on Delta and Air France from Philadelphia, and you can even fly to Morocco (Casablanca and Marrakech) for $2,332 via SkyTeam from PHL.
From Charlotte and Dallas
Charlotte and Dallas, meanwhile, appear to be targeted by SkyTeam.
Charlotte to Brussels is $1,856 roundtrip on Delta via Atlanta. Geneva starts at $1,961 and Zurich at $1,949, all from Charlotte via Atlanta on Delta metal in Delta One. Hamburg is $1,995 roundtrip and Berlin is $2,004.
Meanwhile, Dallas to Brussels is as low as $1,857, to Zurich as low as $1,914, to Munich as low as $1,977, and to Berlin as low as $1,997. These fares are only available on SkyTeam, which means this is a fare war targeted at American and USAirways hubs.
There are good fares to be had later in the summer and this fall from nearly every major U.S. city to Paris Charles de Gaulle on American and oneworld, though in some cases the fares must be booked through Iberia.
Additionally, there are nonstop fares from JFK to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Air France for $2,405.
From Charlotte, USAirways nonstop is $2,359 roundtrip in business class, and from Dallas the fares start at $2,444 (though the nonstop is a couple hundred dollars more).
Fares are between $2,450 and $2,550 roundtrip from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Houston, Denver, Salt Lake City, and many, many others.
Other Good Fares
There are some decent business class fares from Milwaukee to various cities in Europe, on each of the alliances, for under $2,500 roundtrip, including a $2,345 fare to Madrid on Delta and a $2,263 fare to Madrid on USAirways.
I should add that these are just the fares I found with a twenty minute search. It goes without saying that there may be equally great if not better deals to be had from other U.S. airports. It’s always worth checking.
There really do seem to be a lot of great premium fares still available for travel this summer on every alliance to Europe with a little bit of research, luck and ingenuity.
It’s worth playing around with the “Explore Map” tool on Google Flights to see where the best deals are from your home airport.
This is a terrific way to combine a summer vacation with a treasure trove of elite qualifying miles regardless of whether you’re an American, Delta or United loyalist.
Good luck, and bring me back some croissants and a bottle of Burgundy, please! 😉