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Note: There is a known miscoding on ITA and elsewhere, where fares on EI (Aer Lingus) are showing as being in first class. This is not correct, as Aer Lingus does not offer first class. If you see this fare, please ignore it and do not post it here as it is completely unbookable in every sense of the term. The mods are summarily deleting these posts in order to unclutter the thread.

Note: There is a known miscoding on ITA and elsewhere, where Z fares on EY (Etihad) are showing as being in first class. This is not correct, as Z fares are discount business on EY. These fares will not receive chaffeur service. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/etiha...assengers.html

List of known, active deals:

JNB-DXB-SFO in EK F, $4k-ish one-way
MLE-HKG-US (various) in C, $1400 +/- available only on CX's website.
CMB-MIA, other US cities, for about $4400 in F, round-trip/return

BA AARP $400 discount for J/F bookings is now valid again for booking until 31 Oct 2014 but departure to EOS seems to get the discount. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...ts-aarp-4.html
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Old Oct 13, 14, 3:54 pm
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Originally Posted by mannyJ View Post
First time posting ... please be gentle ... I've gained a lot from this thread so trying to give something back (just snagged VS SJC-LHR round trip for ~$2300 in upper class based on a previous posting)

It looks like the on-again, off-again Oneworld business class deals for west coast to Europe are back on again, with, e.g., SJC-CDG-SJC pricing at ~$2100, similar to LYS. About $2200 for PDX-CDG-PDX. I was looking in August but availability seems to be wide open and fast turn-arounds possible. Found on Google flights and confirmed on AA.com, although I didn't go all the way through to payment. Flights on BA slightly more expensive.

Also seems to be targeting AMS at similar prices. MXP, FCO etc. are decent but not as great a deal (~$2500) from SJC or PDX. For some reason, from SEA, nice prices to both FCO and destinations in France, from ~$2100 to $2200.
What dates and routing?
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Old Oct 13, 14, 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by olouie View Post
What dates and routing?
Pretty much all days until April next year:

Outbound flight
Wed, Apr 8

9:50 am 3:15 pm
San Jose Dallas SJCDFW
American 1224 First Class MD-80
3h 25m
Layover in Dallas DFW1h 25m

4:40 pm 9:15 am+1
Dallas Paris DFWCDG
American 48 Business Class Boeing 767
Overnight flight
Often delayed by 30+ min
9h 35m
Return flight
Wed, Apr 22

11:30 am 3:30 pm
Paris Dallas CDGDFW
American 49 Business Class Boeing 767
Often delayed by 30+ min
11h 00m
Layover in Dallas DFW2h 00m

5:30 pm 7:05 pm
Dallas San Jose DFWSJC
American 2307 First Class MD-80
3h 35m

$2103
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Old Oct 13, 14, 6:04 pm
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Originally Posted by hamburglar View Post
Pretty much all days until April next year:

Outbound flight
Wed, Apr 8

9:50 am 3:15 pm
San Jose Dallas SJCDFW
American 1224 First Class MD-80
3h 25m
Layover in Dallas DFW1h 25m

4:40 pm 9:15 am+1
Dallas Paris DFWCDG
American 48 Business Class Boeing 767
Overnight flight
Often delayed by 30+ min
9h 35m
Return flight
Wed, Apr 22

11:30 am 3:30 pm
Paris Dallas CDGDFW
American 49 Business Class Boeing 767
Often delayed by 30+ min
11h 00m
Layover in Dallas DFW2h 00m

5:30 pm 7:05 pm
Dallas San Jose DFWSJC
American 2307 First Class MD-80
3h 35m

$2103
Nice. Will have to book a spring trip. Looks like Skyteam has cheapish fares from SJC through the year. Delta mixed with Virgin Atlantic.
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Old Oct 13, 14, 6:48 pm
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SU: JFK-DEL RT business $2613, books into Z, bookable on orbitz. Works til end of schedule
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Old Oct 13, 14, 7:48 pm
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Originally Posted by hamburglar View Post
Pretty much all days until April next year:

Outbound flight
Wed, Apr 8

9:50 am – 3:15 pm
San Jose – Dallas SJC–DFW
American 1224 First Class MD-80
3h 25m
Layover in Dallas DFW1h 25m

4:40 pm – 9:15 am+1
Dallas – Paris DFW–CDG
American 48 Business Class Boeing 767
Overnight flight
Often delayed by 30+ min
9h 35m
Return flight
Wed, Apr 22

11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Paris – Dallas CDG–DFW
American 49 Business Class Boeing 767
Often delayed by 30+ min
11h 00m
Layover in Dallas DFW2h 00m

5:30 pm – 7:05 pm
Dallas – San Jose DFW–SJC
American 2307 First Class MD-80
3h 35m

$2103
If my math is correct, as PLT or EXP with AA, 3 RTs for $6309 with code USF14 (bonus miles for booking Business flown before 1/10/15) will get you:

(12772 x 1.5)3 = 57,474 EQP and
([(12772 x 2) + (12772 x 0.5)]3) +125,000 = 220,790 RDM

Even non-elite will earn close to 200k RDM and reach PLT.

Plus, you get to visit Paris 3 times and get really familiar with the FAs flying the route.

Last edited by bhamsan01; Oct 13, 14 at 9:51 pm
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Old Oct 13, 14, 9:17 pm
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Old Oct 14, 14, 2:42 am
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For those of you in Asia. These fares have been around for a while, but still much cheaper than competitors. CX J Bkk-Sin RT approx $356usd all in on the nonstop.

Also Bkk-Hkg RT for $459 Ek J or $484 CX J.
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Old Oct 14, 14, 3:58 am
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Originally Posted by riced View Post
For those of you in Asia. These fares have been around for a while, but still much cheaper than competitors. CX J Bkk-Sin RT approx $356usd all in on the nonstop.

Also Bkk-Hkg RT for $459 Ek J or $484 CX J.
Thanks for the post! For those who are curious, KQ (had to look that one up) has BKK-HKG in Z for only $302 RT. Not a bad price for a flatbed & 787 experience.
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Old Oct 14, 14, 6:29 am
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Originally Posted by SKYravefever View Post
Thanks for the post! For those who are curious, KQ (had to look that one up) has BKK-HKG in Z for only $302 RT. Not a bad price for a flatbed & 787 experience.
Nice! But, where do you see that fare and do you know what dates it is available?

edited to say: Found it. Can be booked on Kenya Airways site, good until the end of February. Many dates available - check the Kenya Airways site. Only good BKK -> HKG and back, if you start in HKG and go HKG -> BKK and back it will cost about $700.

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Old Oct 14, 14, 6:47 am
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Kenyan website, 27/11-2/12 works out to 190
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Old Oct 14, 14, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by riced View Post
For those of you in Asia. These fares have been around for a while, but still much cheaper than competitors. CX J Bkk-Sin RT approx $356usd all in on the nonstop.

Also Bkk-Hkg RT for $459 Ek J or $484 CX J.
Cheap fares have been on this route for many years as you have 4 major airlines. EK and KQ are usually super cheap as it's a tag route. Sometimes CX and TG try to go lower, but they are usually much more expensive.

Also you can try EK F for around $500 or so usually. With the full A380 shower experience. I've done it several times.
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Old Oct 14, 14, 9:57 am
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
Also you can try EK F for around $500 or so usually. With the full A380 shower experience. I've done it several times.
Oneway or return? If the former, which is the price/quality ratio departure airport?
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Old Oct 14, 14, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by remymartin View Post
Oneway or return? If the former, which is the price/quality ratio departure airport?
One way. I think it's a slight bit more if its ex-HKG. I've gotten it a good bit cheaper in the past, but prices and currencies go up and down as you know. The EK lounges aren't great at either airport, but you will appreciate the on board shower more when leaving from hot and steamy BKK. And if you are like me, you will drink the fare in vintage Dom Perignon anyways.
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Old Oct 14, 14, 10:33 am
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KL Business Specials

KL Business Class Sale from Switzerland:

http://www.klm.com/travel/ch_en/plan...ers/index3.htm

Some picks:

JKF CHF 2350
RIO CHF 2950
BKK CHF 2530

North America restrictions:
Sales period until 28.10.2014; Travel period: from 23.11.2014 to 30.11.2014, from 23.10.2014 to 02.01.2015, from 27.03.2015 to 12.04.2015 and from 24.06.2015 to 31.08.2015. Minimum stay: Saturday night. Maximum stay: 3 months. Advance purchase: 14 days.

South America restrictions:
Sales period until 28.10.2014; Travel period: from 01.11.2014 to 15.04.2015. for Lima from 01.01.2015 to 15.04.2015. Outbound flights on Saturday, Sunday or Monday and inbound flights on Thursday, Friday or Saturday are excluded from the promotion. Minimum stay: 7 days. Maximum stay: 3 months. Advance purchase: 28 days.

Asia and Africa restrictions:
Sales period until 28.10.2014. Travel period: from 01.11.2014 to 15.04.2015. Outbound flights on Saturday, Sunday or Monday and inbound flights on Thursday, Friday or Saturday are excluded from the promotion. Minimum stay: 7 days. Maximum stay: 3 months. Advance purchase: 28 days.

Note: other departure countries might have other destinations on sale, I didn't check.
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Old Oct 14, 14, 11:01 am
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Originally Posted by KL803 View Post
North America restrictions:
Sales period until 28.10.2014; Travel period: from 23.11.2014 to 30.11.2014, from 23.10.2014 to 02.01.2015, from 27.03.2015 to 12.04.2015 and from 24.06.2015 to 31.08.2015. Minimum stay: Saturday night. Maximum stay: 3 months. Advance purchase: 14 days.
I assume my bolded and underlined section is a mistake, and is supposed maybe to read "23.12.2014 to 02.01.2015", no?

Otherwise, why have the first restriction on a travel period of "23.11.2014 to 30.11.2014"?
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