Making Lemonade?: ~$500 Roundtrip Business Class Flights (Europe to USA) via SkyTeam

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Let me start this post by emphasizing that obviously there are more important things going on in the world, but I think for everyone’s sake, some distraction is actually a good thing.

Make no mistake about it – airlines desperately need bookings right now! Is it time to feed that wanderlust and upgrade your future travel experience?

Before you click away, it’s worth noting that these deals run through to 2021. In other words, you don’t need to book for next week, or next month or the month after that. In fact, the availability is wide open all the way into February of 2021. Let’s just pray that the world isn’t still going bananas in February 2021.

THE DEAL

There is an amazing business class fare sale available from Budapest to the United States on SkyTeam carriers, with roundtrip business class available from ~$500’s on Air France, KLM, and Delta.

PRO-TIP: The fares are bookable through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal for just over 34,000 Ultimate Rewards points roundtrip if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve and 40,000 Ultimate Rewards points if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

HOW DO I BOOK THESE FARES?

Right now, you can book round trip business class, including Air France 777, Delta 777 suites (yeah, the ones with the doors) or KLM 787. I’ve made some easy to links to help you get started in your search.

FINAL STAMP

These deals can be booked directly with Air France, KLM, and Delta. The best part about this deal is that – unlike most economy fares – generally, business class fares are refundable. In other words, if you no longer want to travel because the world is still going bananas later in the year, you can get actual money back, instead of a “voucher to be used at a later date.”

Delta is likely the best booking option, since it allows you to select fully refundable as a booking class.

But if you like the adventure, I would be quick as these fares can disappear at anytime. I would search Delta.com using “flexible dates.” For example, I searched BUD-LAX and the final price was 247,400 HUF (~$800USD roundtrip). Again, be sure to look for the fully flexible options on Delta.

Personally, I’m not booking anything at the moment because:

  1. These are unprecedented times that no one has ever seen before (particularly airlines) and I would rather have my money in my own pocket than in the pocket of the airlines.
  2. Airlines have been known to pull “tricks.” This is another reason that I invest in the “currency” of points and miles and not use my own money when it comes to airlines.

Anyone planning to take advantage of these cheap fares?

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