One World carriers (American, British Airways and Iberia) are having a fantastic business class sale from Houston to Milan for summer travel. For $1,600, a small premium over what you’d pay in economy, you can fly in business class and enjoy the 10,834 mile journey.
- Search for your desired flights on Google Flights – I’ve linked directly to some sample dates (leave Friday, July 26th and return Sunday, August 4th), but these fares are available throughout July and August. The flights are pricing out to around $1,800
- `Want to save an extra $200? Head over to the British Airways AARP discount page I know what you’re thinking “I’m not a retired person.” Don’t worry! You can sign-up for an AARP membership irrespective of age or employment status for as little as $12.
- Once you login to your account you’ll be taken to this landing page:
4. Enter your search criteria:
5. You’ll be presented with various flights for the outbound. I recommend selecting flights with the shortest duration or one that works well with your positioning flight:
6. Then scroll down and select your return flight:
7. You’ll then be brought to a landing page showing your total:
8. Continue to checkout. Now I’ve had luck in the past getting an additional 10% off using the promotion code CARDOFFERU, which is meant for British Airways Signature Visa cardholders, but it wasn’t working when I attempted to use it, but it’s worth a shot.
I think this is a fantastic deal for summer travel. If you don’t live in Houston it’s not a problem. Just book a “positioning” flight to IAH. I booked a similar deal last summer from IAD to Greece. Also, if your final destination isn’t Milan it’s not a problem. There are tons of connecting flights on low cost carriers from Milan to pretty much everywhere in Europe.
If you credit your miles to American AAdvantage you’ll earn 2x elite qualifying miles (“EQMs”) for this flight – 21,668 EQMs and $2,709 elite qualifying dollars (“EQDs”) since American uses a distance based calculation for British Airways flights (10,834 * .25). You’ll almost qualify for American Gold status with this flight alone.
Book fast because these deals typically don’t last long.
h/t to Mighty Travels on Flyertalk who first reported this