What do we want? Cheap flights! When do we want them? Now!
What’s better than flying in business class in your very own flat bed while sipping champagne and tasting to-order meals at 30,000 feet above ground? Not a lot. Affordable premium-cabin flights are those elusive, yet attainable, deals that everyone wants to get in on, and I’m here to show you where to look.
As with many things in life, there isn’t a cut and dry answer because multiple ways of finding business-class airfare deals exist. So, let’s talk about some of the ways you can find yourself feeling fancy while flying in a premium cabin.
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For Those Know Where They Want to Go
In most cases, picking a vacation destination beforehand won’t be the least expensive option. Flight deals pop up unexpectedly, usually to random destinations not necessarily on your travel radar, and you have to be flexible to make such deals work. However, if you’re patient, you can choose a destination and wait.
Popular search engine Google Flights lets you track prices for a certain city pair, dates and cabin of service, and set up alerts for when the prices drop. When a significant change in cost occurs, Google Flights will send you an email notifying you of the change, and you can decide whether you want to book or wait longer. Keep in mind that this might not happen, and you could end up waiting a long time for that desired destination, so it’s better to be flexible with your travel plans and destinations.
For Frequent Flyers
For those who like to browse the internet for the best deals, I recommend FlyerTalk’s Premium Fare Deals page. FlyerTalk community members scout the best airfare prices at the time and share them on the forum for anybody looking for a deal.
It’s there where we saw those $600 business-class flights from Los Angeles to many destinations in Asia on Hong Kong Airlines, a variety of inexpensive flights from Istanbul to the United States on various airlines, and many other options. Multiple new premium fare deals are posted daily. All you have to do is pick one and go.
You have to be creative because not all of these fares originate in the United States. The deals include all kinds of destinations for citizens of the world, but they might come in handy if you’re working on a complex itinerary that includes travel across multiple continents.
For Those With Too Much Time on Their Hands
If you have free time, I recommend browsing websites that specialize in flight deals or mistake fares. Take a look at Fare Deal Alert, Secret Flying and The Flight Deal. These sites list fantastic fares to worldwide destinations.
With Secret Flying, you can narrow down your search to a continent and look at everything posted for that day. When a fare is gone, the site marks it as expired so that you don’t end up wasting time looking for a deal that’s gone. Most of the fares are in economy class, but the site does list some business-class gems when available.
All of these websites have Twitter feeds, which is another way of getting notified of airfare sales. Simply subscribe to the desired feed, and you’ll receive push notifications on your smartphone every time a new tweet is posted. This way, you’ll be the first to know about an airfare sale.
However, because not all sales will be applicable to you and your departure city, you might end up with tons of unwanted notifications. If you have lots of free time, you might choose to check each website individually instead of flooding your phone with Twitter notifications. Of course, in this case, you risk missing a fare deal as most of them die rather quickly after being posted.