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Old Jun 24th, 2005, 07:20 PM
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business class air tickets

Can somebody recommend a website for business class air that has reasonable prices?Sometimes price difference for the same flight can be tremendous from my experience.Usually I get good deal via travel agent,but not currently.
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Old Jun 24th, 2005, 07:35 PM
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Many of the airlines are offering very good business class fares to Europe right now if you book directly with them. I noticed a BA rate of $3600 from SFO to LHR. Both Dleta and UA are offering special business class fares (on UA it's a "z" class fare but I am not sure what it is on Delta) so long as you book at least 50 days out. Beyond these ideas, I have never found a decent website offering discount business class tickets. Good luck.
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Old Jun 24th, 2005, 07:41 PM
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Where from, where to, when?
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Old Jun 24th, 2005, 08:00 PM
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I paid about $2000 for business class from South Bend IN to Copenhagen in September. I looked on Orbitz. It's on a Delta/Airfrance code share with the ticket being issued by Air France. It's a special fare so nonrefundable. Continental and Northwest had comparable fares. Booked with Delta for the same flights I'm using was over $5,000.

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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 05:16 AM
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Try this one:

www.1st-air.net
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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 05:27 AM
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Intrepid1,

That site doesn't seem to be all that hot. I have reservations in Sept for US-ZRH biz at $2300; that 1st-air site priced the same dates for me at $5000.

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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 05:36 AM
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Sorry,I should clarify,going from New York to Istanbul in July-August.
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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 05:39 AM
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To swandav2000 - how did you book?
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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 06:00 AM
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Continental has BusinessFirst fares to Europe for very cheap in the summer. For example, EWR-FRA is about $1,600, tax included. <b>Must book 30 days in advance.</b> Today is already 6/25, so you don't have much (or any) time left. Many cities to choose from.

From Europe to IST, just book any low fare. Most European airlines only have &quot;Intra-Europe business class&quot;, which is often the same as coach, but with a blocked middle seat - or worse.

A roundtrip from most European cities to IST is about $350-400 tops. May have cheaper ways. Total, $2,000.

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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 06:10 AM
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profi111,

I booked directly with Delta.

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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 07:11 AM
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Americana Vacations is a UK company that specialises in cheap posh class long-haul tickets. They don't have a web site, but have been advertising in the UK press for years. Try contacting them at [email protected].

Incidentally, &quot;business class&quot; on intra-Europe flights really isn't most of the time. You might have to accept that the intra-Europe leg is only a free glass of wine better than being in the back.
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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 10:04 AM
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When I looked about a month ago Air France had a fare from Dulles to Paris for about $2100--which is amazing.
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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 11:52 AM
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Swanday2000:

I didn't say the site was any good; I just said to go there (LOL).

I agree with Rkkwan about the CO possibilities. We purchased two open jaw tickets in February Dulles-CDG-LGW-Dulles (for use in July) which cost us each about $1300 in Business/First...just too good to pass up in our particular case.
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Old Jun 25th, 2005, 01:11 PM
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On ITA I can find JFK-WAW-IST on LOT (Polish) for around $2800, which given the late hour may be an acceptable solution. The problem is that very few Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) serve IST, and those that do go to Sabiha airport not IST. Thus flying for even $2100 on CO to some intermediate destination (and those fares may be long gone, depending on the OP's dates) still might lead to a total more than the LOT flight if one then has to shell out $500 or more for the IST connections, in coach no less.

My obvious suggestion would be to save money all the way around and go on BA World Traveler Plus, taking either the Newark or the JFK morning flight, thus reducing the need for a bed-like experience for sleeping purposes, overnight at LHR, and then take the morning BA flight to Istanbul. My bet is that much money would be saved, and the overnight at a Heathrow hotel (Priceline, probably around US $75 or so) would make for a more restful journey. The money saved over business class tickets can be used for hotel or restaurant upgrades, and WT+ is not half bad on a 6 or 6 1/2 hour daylight flight.
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I rarely bother paying for business class (or better) fares as I never really reap the benefits. I can't sleep on a plane regardless of how comfortable the seat is, engine noise is omnipresent. I don't care much about what films i can watch as I'll bring my laptop if I'm that concerned, and enjoy them on a bigger screen. As for food, anything cooked in an aircraft is dire, and I remember when I flew first to New York once, there were dire after-effects. It still takes the same amount of time. As for lounge access, you can pay for it, or if you've enough loyalty points then it's free anyway.

Also, the people in business class on weekdays/business times are pretty vile and have even worse manners than those in economy.

On the occasions that I've decided to pay for a business fare myself, I never really think that it's worth the money.

You're far better spending the extra money (and it's usually a sizeable amount) on upgrading to a suite and/or a more deluxe property. This is something that you'll enjoy for the entire duration of your trip, and the amenities offered far exceed those you'll experience on a plane.

It always amazes me to find people who've paid for business fares out of their own pocket getting taxis to hotels that aren't the best in town...a little like driving a Ferrari and living in a dumpy property. One must get their priorities in order.
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Old Jun 26th, 2005, 05:24 PM
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Thanks again,to everybody who replied.
So far I got best deal from Delta.I want to go non-stop from JFK to IST.I will be flying from IST to Ukraine and back,then from IST to JFK so will be lots of stops anyway,so at least I will have one flight direct.I always sleep on a plane (non-coach),so it works for me.Looking forward to go there!
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