Reasonable Price Bus Class Tickets?

In my other posting on the shrinking economy class seats, someone posted a response that if your are flexible and book in advance (who doesn't?), you can get reasonable priced business class tickets. I have read similar advice offered on other travel sites. But what is the real experience? Two years ago this Fall I made an all out effort to find a reasonable priced BC ticket. I was very flexible looked at the whole month of October, early Nov, out of a number of different airports, the best price was about $3600 and the price was pretty uniform across several airlines. The coach price was about $1200. I thought $2000 to $2500 would be in the reasonable range but not $3600. (Referring to international flights) SO, I curious?? Other than using ff points has anyone been able to obtain reasonable priced business class? If so, under what circumstances,conditions? I would define reasonable as about double coach. And I not asking about a one time lucky shot (we all have had those) but some method that works the majority of the time.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6826 posts

Are the other travel sites referring to domestic or international business class? There is a big difference in price and availability.

Posted by Sean
New York
148 posts

Why you want to shell out an extra 2000$ to sit with uptight snooty businessmen is beyond me.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10845 posts

I was asking about international. I know there is a difference. I know it wasn't clear but we discuss mostly European travel here. I edited it to reflect that. I guess I want to avoid sitting with people like Sean in economy class. Two thousand might be cheap.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8727 posts

I'm glad you clarified ... when I saw the thread title I thought you were asking about various classes on buses. Then I saw $2000 and thought it must have been something else. As far as the other, just like in France, when people talk about rudeness - you know what? Rudeness begets rudeness. If Sean had been nice in the beginning he would have had no nastiness back.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

I have not seen biz class tickets for less than $3500 or so in several years. Open Skies had a promotion a couple of years ago and the RT price from the east coast to Paris was $2400. But now their price is $3600. We fly Biz class with miles on British Airways and it costs around $2400 (plus miles). Well worth it to us for the long haul flight from Seattle to London. We arrive rested and hit the ground running--- no time lost to travel fatigue. And I have yet to see a snooty businessman in Biz class. Maybe they are all in First?

Posted by Bets
Bloomington
1963 posts

Icelandic business class is much less if bought early enough. Seat pitch is 48. To compare, lie-flat seats on Air France are 55 (A380) to 71 (7771, while economy premier are 38.