Business class SFO-London, July-Aug: just $2008 roundtrip

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If you’ve got a hankering to check out London before, during or after the Olympics, get this: British Airways launched a sale last week with fares of just $2012 ROUND TRIP (all in) on nonstops between SFO (plus all other US gateways) and London Heathrow. Both United and Virgin Atlantic have matched this astoundingly low business class fare.

How astounding, you may ask? Well, get this: Economy class round trips during July and August now range from about $1300 to $1900 round trip. So why not pay the small premium for business class (which normally runs in the $5,000 to $8,000 range)?

Not only do you get the nice business class deal (and a big seat), but you get the bonus miles for flying up front. For example, in business class on United, you earn a whopping 16,104 Mileage Plus miles for the SFO-LHR roundtrip, plus the additional bonus based on your status. When flying coach, you earn 10,736 Mileage Plus miles roundtrip.

When I checked today, United was slightly undercutting BA with a $2008 roundtrip fare. Here’s the evidence:

Screenshot of United fare matrix today


Screenshot of United fare matrix today

These are the lowest roundtrip business class fares I may have ever seen from the West Coast to Europe. It makes me wonder if the Olympics are going to be a boom or a bust for the travel industry. What do you think? Is $2000 round trip business class enough to make you jump? 

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