We’re seeing more deep discount airline flash sales than ever before, but most of those are for economy travel.
Business class sales are more rare, at least outside of peak holiday dates like Thanksgiving and Christmas where there’s no business travel so while planes are full that’s driving up coach prices but few people buying international premium cabins out of pocket.
You see cheap fares on new routes from Chinese airlines and ongoing cheap fares from Central Asian carriers.
But outside of Delta and American running a sale last month, business class deals between the US and Asia at least are limited. Europe is more common thanks to British Airways which has a ton of seats and a mediocre product to sell, exacerbated by Brexit, and booked strategically with the $400 AARP discount and co-brand credit card discount.
Thanks to bangkokiscool via One Mile at a Time Delta is offering cheap business class fares between Toronto and Montreal and Beijing and Shanghai. They’re deals many will find good enough to position to Canada for.
These aren’t mistakes, they’re “MIDWEEK 2ND LEVEL BUSINESS CLASS Z EXCURSION FARES” —
Key rules of the fare:
- Travel is permitted Monday through Thursday in each direction
- 50 day advance purchase is required
- 3 day minimum stay and 6 month maximum stay
- $450 change fee
The base fare and fuel surcharges total $1588, so a non-elite member earns 7940 Delta SkyMiles. Crediting to Alaska Airlines you earn distance flown plus a 25% class of service bonus.
For this itinerary you’ll fly 13,691 miles and earn over 17,000 Alaska Airlines miles.