Fly to London in business class for less than ,600

Fly to London in business class for less than $2,600

It feels like everyone wants to fly to London in the summer, and as a result, fares are getting insanely expensive.

Now, though, you can fly business class to London at a discount during the city’s peak tourist season: airlines sell business class fares to London for $2,600 and less. If you want to avoid the massive crowds of London summer tourists, there is also plenty of availability of discounted business class fares during the spring, autumn and winter.

Business class fares to London can be as high as $6,600, so with these deals you can fly to London in comfort without paying the hefty business class price tag.

Fares on a deal like this can change regularly, so we strongly recommend that you book your flights as soon as possible.

ANTOINE BUCHET/VISIT LONDON

Deal basics

Airlines: Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Icelandair, TAP Air Portugal and United Airlines.
itineraries: From Boston, Chicago and New York to London.
How to book: Search Google Flights to find your best dates, then book directly with the airline of your choice.
Travel dates: April to December.
Book by: ASAP.

Sample flights

Currently there are numerous discounted business class flights from Boston, Chicago and New York to London; you can fly to London anytime this year from late spring to winter and find a good business class deal. While the three major US airlines have cheaper business class fares to London, we found Icelandair to have the most availability.

Here are some of the flights we’ve highlighted:

  • Icelandair: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to London Gatwick Airport (LGW), from $1,900 (including a layover in Reykjavik).
  • Icelandair: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to LGW, from $2,042 (including a layover in Reykjavik).
  • Icelandair: O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to LGW, from $2,256 (including a layover in Reykjavik).
  • Air Lingus: BOS to LHR, from $2,146 (including a stopover in Dublin).
  • Icelandair: ORD to LGW, from $2,194 (including a layover in Reykjavik).
  • United: EWR to Heathrow Airport (LHR), from $2,427.

We recommend using Google Flights to determine availability and then booking your flights on the airline’s website; direct airline bookings are more reliable if your flight is cancelled, delayed or has a booking change.

Finding a good business class deal to London is a matter of playing around with the data on Google Flights. We found that April and May, along with September to December, had many business class fares under $2,000. If you wanted to visit London in the summer – which is one of the most popular times of the year – fares were typically less than $2,500.

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For example, if you were flying from one of New York’s three major airports to London, Google Flights in June and July showed some business class fares for just $2,101.

Google Flights June and July fare calendar for flights from New York to London. GOOGLE FLIGHTS

Let’s say you decide to fly from New York on June 20. In that case, Google Flights gives you two options: an Icelandair flight that departs from Newark and has a stopover in Reykjavik, and a slightly more expensive United flight that also departs from Newark but is non-stop. .

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

Suppose you do not want to make a stopover and therefore opt for the United flight. The carrier also offers a round-trip flight from London that keeps the fare in the $2,500 range.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

Remember that rates can change quite often, especially if it’s a good deal. At the time of publication, we found that United fares to London for the week of June 20 rose from $2,434 to $2,576, which is still a pretty solid deal, but it’s slightly more expensive.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

Fare differences may also occur on Google Flights due to the availability of third-party booking sites. In this case, Google Flights shows a business class ticket from United to London for $2,335, but that’s only if you book your flight with a third-party site.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

These seats are part of United’s Polaris business class – and we at TPG are big fans. United’s Polaris business class comes with reclining seats and access to the United Polaris Lounge. Passengers also receive priority boarding, free hand luggage and two checked bags.

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It boils down

This is a really solid deal for business class flights to London, especially during the city’s peak tourist season. However, we recommend that you order these tickets as soon as possible, as fares can change regularly. Even when we looked at United flights, fares suddenly increased, so book with caution as deals like this don’t come around very often.

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