Discount business class fares

Old Jul 7th, 2006, 12:04 PM
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Discount business class fares

Has anyone ever booked a business class fare using any of the numerous websites that advertise "discounted" business class? I got a quote from one of these sites and the price was certainly attractive. Maybe too attractive?
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 12:14 PM
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Cindi...No, but it appears that many carriers offer "published" discount business class fares.They are capacity controlled, and most require fairly hefty advance purchase.IE, I got a BC fare to London (from LAX) $2,950.00.I have also gotten reduced business class thru AmericanAirlines Vacations for under $3K DFW to Paris.The AA Vacations package included hotel/hotel tax/and transfers.But I have not used any discount sites.Hope this helps and best of luck!
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 12:22 PM
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Sometimes the "discounted" business class tickets through these websites are award tickets.

Have you checked the airlines directly? As BeachBoi said, most carriers offer published discount business class fares.
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Old Jul 7th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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What sites have you checked? Ebay always has people auctioning off plain white envelopes that have upgrade certificates thrown in for "free."
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Old Jul 12th, 2006, 04:24 AM
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The site that I got the quote from was planetamex.com. I was looking for business class to the Maldives on Emirates. They quoted me a fare roughly 50% off the Emirates business class fare listed on the Emirates website. I questioned whether this was a "bulk" ticket and they replyed that it was not.
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I fully understand you getting such a deal with Emirates, in the Gulf/Asia region airlines discount First and Business just as much as they discount coach/economy. If I heard of someone paying 'full published fare' I'd be dazed!
I recently had to get a relation a Business Class booking Singapore to Shanghai, about 7.5 hours flight, was just under USD 800 return, a Business Class fare from South East asia to Europe would range depending on season and airlines probably between USD 1.5 to 2k.
It's normal to go through brokers/agents who advertise in the local press, another ticket we bought ( Coach ) for an 8 hour flight duration was about USD 320 return on a good airline ( Gulf Air ).
I think a lot depends on the route you are taking and what airlines operate, the Cindik example with Emirates is an example, they are now uping to 3 flights a day from JFK to the Gulf and onwards and they have 'always' heavily discounted 'all classes'.
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