As I shared last month, I’ve moved to Austin.
I was searching one-way fares from Dubai to Austin as part of playing around with a trip I’m considering and deciding also whether or not to burn Alaska Airlines miles now that you can use Alaska miles again for Emirates first class.
And I came across something interesting. One way, Dubai – Austin, brings up some pretty cheap first class (note: this is a search for first and not business class) fares.
Sure, on some days the cheapest fare is about $7300 one-way. But much of the time I’m seeing fares as low as $1300 – $1500… and $1198 on Saturdays.
Here’s a sense of what this normally costs.
This $1200 fares are clearly about 10% – 20% of the usual price for this ticket.
The $1198 version of the itinerary is somewhat less than desirable. It gets you British Airways business class (Iberia codeshare) for Dubai – London and then British Airways first class across the Pond.
You can fly that in British Airways first class for a bit more. Or consider flying Qantas flight QF1 onboard an A380:
The Qantas flight will get you Emirates first class lounge access in Dubai. And the British Airways segment gets you the Concorde Room in London.
In either case, much of the fare consists of fuel surcharges.
Some people, therefore, might even pay less.
I’m not sure if Dubai-Austin will be useful to anyone. It does appear to be a British Airways-filed refundable fare. That’s why it works with British Airways flights across the Atlantic. There aren’t any seasonality or day/time restrictions on fare basis F1MEOW.
Later on in the year I’m seeing it price at $1333 and under with Royal Brunei flying the Dubai – London segment in business class on a Boeing 787.