5 Secrets To Finding The Best Business Class Deals

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love a good deal. Ok scrap that, I love a GREAT deal! I get genuine thrills from finding incredible travel related bargains and get particularly excited if the words ‘heavily discounted airfare’ fall into the same sentence. Over the last few years, I’ve picked up some great tips on finding business class deals because I love to travel in style but without the hefty price-tag! Read on for my top 5 secrets to finding the best business class deals.

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Error Fares

Error fares can quite literally save you hundreds and sometimes thousands $£$£!! If you haven’t come across this term before, then all you need to know is that the price of an airfare has been incorrectly published.   

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An error fare will be classed as such until the airline notices and amends the price back to what the flight should cost. Sound too good to be true? Yes it does but I promise you, they do exist and they will forever remain a great tip for flying business (or economy) for less! 

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You don’t need to spend hours crawling through airline websites to try and find those lucrative airfares. There are websites out there that do the hard work for you! My favourite go-to website is www.secretflying.comAll you need to do is select the region you live in, i.e. Europe and wait for the latest error fares to show up.

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Here’s an example of a recent error fare published by Virgin Atlantic from Manchester to Boston in early April. If you scroll down and read the small print, you’ll see that departure dates are restricted to April and May 2017. Different error fares have different terms but these are updated on a daily basis, so make sure to add this to your favourites as there are some amazing business class deals to be had!

Change Your Departure Point

As crazy as it sounds, some airlines do penalise you for flying out of a popular hub like London. Take British Airways as an example. If you do a search on their website for a return business class flight from London to Hong Kong, departing in two months time, the price that comes up in the search is £3,611.47.

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But if you change your departure point for a less popular airport hub like Berlin, then the price of your business class airfare reduces to €2,116.28! In today’s exchange rate, that equates to £1810.3o – an £1800 saving!

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The only downside is that you’ll need to fly to Berlin beforehand but there are cheap flights to Berlin if you book in advance, so this shouldn’t pose too much of a problem from a cost perspective. Not only will you save yourself a ridiculous amount of money, you’ll also get additional airmiles and tier points to use in future.

 

Become an Airline Loyalty Member

Subscribing to an airlines frequent flyers programme means you’ll automatically be one of the first to hear about any upcoming sales or one-off promotions. 

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Airlines such as Etihad and Qatar run business class promotions a few times a year which include ‘Buy One Get One Free’ Business Class deals. These promotions are short-lived and tend to only run for 48 hours but it’s a great way to fly in luxury for less.

 

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Last Minute Upgrades

If an airline hasn’t sold out their business class cabin in the hours leading up to a flight’s departure then nine times out of 10, they will offer passengers a last minute upgrade at a heavily discounted price.

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As an example, my parents flew out to Lima last year with KLM. When they arrived at check-in at Manchester airport, they asked if there were any last minute business class deals available. Their question was met with a resounding yes along with a price-tag of £250 per person!!

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Needless to say they didn’t think twice about upgrading! In total, their flying time hovered around the 16 hour mark, so  having the additional comfort of flying business class was totally worth the price tag! 

Credit Cards

Another fabulous secret to flying business class for less is through credit card offers. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways offer credit card holders the chance to earn a companion voucher if you spend a certain amount of money within the space of 12 months.

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I subscribed to the British Airways’ American Express Credit Card a few years ago as I travel with the airline a lot. The benefits are great and you earn avios for every pound spent. Once you’ve earnt your companion voucher, you can then use it book a flight to most destinations operated by the airline using avios whilst your companion flies for free. All you need to do is pay the taxes and have enough Avios to purchase an airfare.

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I’ve only ever used a Companion voucher to travel Business or First Class but they can also be used for economy or premium economy tickets. Also, if you don’t have enough AVIOS, then you can purchase additional avios to bring you to the total amount that you need for the fare of your choosing.

Do you have any business class travel hacks that I haven’t already mentioned?

Maggie Oxox

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15 Comments

  1. April 12, 2017 / 8:46 am

    I am all about those avios points!

    • April 15, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      It’s great to buy them in the sale too if you need an Avios top up as you can earn an extra third!

  2. April 12, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Our biggest challenge is using our avios quick enough, such a terrible problem! But Mr P keeps earning them 🙄

    • April 15, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Haha in a similar boat – we have 3 companion vouchers at the minute and I think at least one will expire before we have chance to use it because the availability (or lack of rather) is just ridiculous at the moment!

  3. Zoe
    April 12, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I love secret flying website and totally swear by Amex! Good score for your parents getting an upgrade at that price!

    • April 15, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      I know right?! I was seriously impressed with their upgrade and am literally trying it on every flight I go on now lol!

  4. Suze - Luxury Columnist
    April 12, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    I must have a look out for the error fares but in the meantime I need to use up my Avios points!

    • April 15, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      I love error fares – they’re a great hub for bargains if you’re flexible and travel at relatively short notice

  5. April 16, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    I love flying business class, especially when it’s a long haul flight. We chose business class when we last flew to America and it was so much nicer x

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  6. Gabrielle
    April 17, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Changing departure point is something I’d never considered before when travelling out – what a great tip, and I’m completely amazed at the difference in price of that round-trip! The last-minute upgrade price your parents secured is equally amazing. Thanks SO much for the tips Maggie!

    ps. keep on finding those great deals because I LOVE reading your luxurious travel diaries!!

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • April 23, 2017 / 7:36 am

      Thank you so much Gabrielle – I’m so pleased you found my tips useful 🙂 – I’m an avid deal hunter so I’m definitely going to start sharing more of my travel tips 🙂 xx

  7. April 24, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Such good tips and I have not heard of some of them before! Thank you for sharing, I hope I’all be able to use them sometime.

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