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British Airways and American Airlines are currently offering some very good Business Class fares for direct flights from London to various destinations on the West Coast of the USA and Canada – starting at just £1,316 return!
London to Vancouver: £1,316
As regards dates, it varies a bit by destination, but generally September, October, November, December this year and January + February in 2019, look good.
The best way to find the cheapest fares is to start your search using Google Flights in order to see a wide range of dates at once, then check specific dates on Momondo, Kayak and Skyscanner to see whether they can find any cheaper options available via online travel agencies.
As a rough ‘rule of thumb’, you can probably knock off ~£100 from the prices shown on Google Flights. For example, the £1,316 fare via Momondo above to Vancouver is showing as £1,441 on Google Flights:
Similar fares are available to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and possibly other cities too.
If you happen to live up near Inverness (or don’t mind repositioning), you can do even better, with fares starting from just £1192 to Los Angeles!
Where to credit these flights?
The flights I looked at are in Fare Class ‘I’, so if you credit to British Airways Executive Club, you would earn ~16,300 Avios (worth about £163) and 280 Tier Points for a return from London to Los Angeles, for example.
As usual, I’d suggest crediting British Airways Business Class flights (American Airlines is a different situation) to Alaska Mileage Plan instead, because you earn more Miles and the Miles are more valuable. London-LA return in ‘I’ would get you 27,280 Alaska Mileage Plan Miles, which I’d value at about £450.
There seems to be a glut of very solid Business Class fares from the UK at the moment. They aren’t quite as eye-catching a some of the ex-eu fares we sometimes see, but they have the big advantage of being direct and obviously there are no repositioning costs to factor in either.