American and its joint venture partners British Airways and Iberia, along with United and Air Canada seem to be battling it out with crazy low fares between the U.S. and Paris.
$149 each way is even cheaper than transatlantic discounter Norwegian’s fares at the moment, and you fly a mainline carrier as long as you’re not booked onto British Airways LEVEL.
The absolute lowest prices are between New York area airports and Paris, and during the September through March time period, but great deals are also available from Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Boston.
OpenSkies Becomes LEVEL in the Fall
Taking a look at Iberia’s fare basis ANLNOBGK which puts you on British Airways non-stop New York – Paris,
- Travel permitted Tuesday/Wednesday?Friday/Sunday between September 4 and October 14
- More broadly, these cheap fares are available originating in the U.S. September through mid-December(so not peak holiday dates) and starting January 7 again
- $200 change fee, so if you book one ways the change fee is greater than the fare.
- Bear in mind that the cheapest transatlantic fares on American and partners are basic economy fares
These are one way fares which give you tremendous flexibility. For instance you might book an award ticket one way and buy a paid fare the other. Or you might use the one way fares to position yourself to Europe, where you can often find better premium cabin fares than if you start in the U.S.
For instance right now there are business class roundtrips starting in Europe for 1350 euros transatlantic.
And the fares are so good that even if Paris isn’t your destination, fly there and take the train (or a European low cost carrier) somewhere else.
(HT: God Save the Points)