How to get cheaper business class flights to Europe

A strong U.S. dollar has made Europe more affordable for Americans than it has been in years. While European destinations may be on sale, business class fares to Europe have continued to increase. However, there are strategies available to U.S. based travelers to access cheaper business class tickets. According to Passport Premiere, a subscription based company specializing in finding the best business class travel deals, travelers should use the devalued Euro to begin a pattern of European originations. In plain English, use frequent flyer miles or a cheap one way fare to get to Europe and then buy a round trip ticket starting in Europe to the U.S. for lower priced business class tickets

By deploying a strategy that travel professionals call “offshore originations,” savvy international travelers from the U.S. can take advantage of lower business class fares with relaxed penalties by starting a pattern of round-trip flights that originate in Europe, instead of in the United States. This tactic saves money in the long run because business class fares between, for example, Istanbul and New York are currently 50 percent less expensive compared to business class fares with the same airline originating in New York.

Here’s how it works: First, travelers arrange a one-way “positioning trip” using money or miles from their home city to Europe. Then, they start purchasing round trip business class travel from Europe to their home city. After the initial positioning trip, travelers will have a ticket returning to Europe ready to use for their next trip. This takes some advance planning, but with the help of companies like Passport Premiere, the savings can be substantial.

For example, on British Airways as of May 19th, business class fares originating from New York and going to Istanbul started at $3,840 + taxes for round-trip travel from June 10 to June 24. Now look at the price difference for the same trip, but originating in Istanbul. Business class fares on British Airways between Turkey and New York start at $1,664 for round trip for travel on the same dates. That’s a savings of nearly 60 percent. British Airways routes travelers via London Heathrow and features 180 degree business class flat beds on the long haul segments.

Business class tickets starting in Europe also have more relaxed cancelation policies compared to flights originating in the U.S. For example, the higher $3,840 fare from New York to Istanbul is non-refundable and carries a $450 penalty for any changes. The lower $1,664 business class fare originating in Istanbul with British Airways, on the other hand, is refundable after a €400 ($447.62) penalty. Changes incur a €240 ($268.57) fee. Similar business class savings is also available from Istanbul to other U.S. cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington.

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