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Cheap business class on Delta/Virgin?

I'm checking into flights to London from Tulsa next spring, and Delta is offering round trip business class for $1700 per person via either Delta or Virgin. Can that be right? What am I missing?

Posted by
21655 posts

It could be a deal but I don't know. Does it include taxes and fees? Sometimes just the fare is advertised. But it is, then it is a deal and I would grab it now. Try walking through the reservation and see if additional charges pop up.

Posted by
4939 posts

The last screen I was on claimed the price included "taxes, fees, and charges." It is changeable, but nonrefundable. Refundable is $3900+. It seems to good to be true. You're right; I should try going on up to checkout to see what happens.

Posted by
2396 posts

the best way to check is to shop it around. Check out Kayak, YAPTA, Google Flights, as well as the usual Expedia. See if you can find it in more than one place.

Posted by
1886 posts

I have gotten that pricing in the past. Especially on a sale or a new routing. If you are on the Delta site grab it :)

Posted by
1886 posts

Stephen, .you really have me tempted. From Atlanta I can do the trip I already had planned for $1600. Decisions, decisions. (I start a new job next week so there's a risk since I don't really know the vacation policy!)

Posted by
4939 posts

Thanks for the link, Stephen. I haven't been able to get past the "verify membership" screen, even when I go in through the aarp.org website. I just signed up for the .org today, although we've been aarp members for years. I'll try again later today; if it doesn't work I'll call aarp again. Anyone else having trouble?

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1838 posts

Yes, Jane. Also old AARP members but new to this bit. Seems to be trouble verifying, or updating my account. Says to try again later or call 1 866 839 0463 for assistance. This post caught my eye, thank you Jane and others. I looked quickly at economy fares from Columbus OH to London this past summer that were very high in my book.

Posted by
920 posts

Jane/Denny - which web browser are you using? I am able to access it with Internet Explorer as well as Google Chrome. You may want to clear your browser history and try again. If you go to discounts.aarp.org, you can then select "travel" then "air and rail" and then click on the BA logo. You will be taken to another web page where you can log in. Once you log in, it should take you the BA web site. You will see "AARP member discounts on BA" in the upper right of the screen. You should NOT be able to select anything other than "economy" (not sure what that's about?!?!?) and when you enter your departure city and dates, you will see economy, premium economy and business class pricing. Good luck!

Posted by
4939 posts

Stephen, we use Firefox. But I think I just needed to reverify my email with aarp.org - I had an email to that effect. I'll try again. Thanks.

Posted by
4939 posts

Okay, we got in. About $1700 each, round trip from Tulsa, business class. They do want extra for choosing your seat, but I may wait on that. Or I may weenie out - I'd hate for us to fly all the way across the Atlantic in different parts of the cabin.

Posted by
1838 posts

Thanks for the information and assistance. I continued to have some difficulty and in the interim decided that other destinations hold more appeal for us in Spring 2016. England is in the running and this fare sounded very attractive, but there you are. Glad to hear others were able to take advantage of it. Happy and safe travel.

Posted by
7427 posts

Wow Jane that's fantastic! I've paid almost that much for just an economy ticket. Congratulations on getting a great deal! Now if only I could convince my parents to buy themselves some business class tickets . . . because I don't think they're making it across the pond again any other way.

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4939 posts

Yes, Kim, we were very pleased. The flights we were looking at were running $1300 - $1400 for coach. And if we paid extra for slightly more legroom, there's another $100 + per major leg of the journey. (We don't bother for the short hops - between Tulsa and hubs.) Urge your parents to check out the sales; maybe they could get a travel agent to hunt down cheap business class tickets? Or use a service like Kayak or Hipmunk. I know if my parents ever go back to Europe, it would have to be business or first class. No way could they spend 12 hours in a coach seat.

Posted by
136 posts

Thanks to Stephen I was also able to get a great deal on flights from St. Louis to London - $1600/ticket in business!

Posted by
12939 posts

Is that deal on British Airways still available?

Posted by
1425 posts

Lola, I'd like to know that too. When I go in to check it's discounted by $400 but not as cheap as you are all saying. I am an AARP member and registered but I'm probably not doing something right??

Posted by
12939 posts

The original deal reported by Stephen with a link said October 15-16. So I am thinking that while the $400 AARP discount is still available ( that is an ongoing promotion), the great low fares are gone.

Posted by
4939 posts

Yes. but one of the websites said the sale was on all month (October.) Try going through aarp.org, and look for the "discounts" tab or icon. It took me several tries, as well as a call to AARP to get to the right screen. There's a link Stephen posted further up the page we're on now.

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74 posts

I would try looking at the route you want to fly every single day....I did this for a couple of months when looking for tickets to London and last week (even before the horrific events in Paris) it paid off....I paid $1700 with Virgin in Premium Economy for non-stops to and from Gatwick....the next day they went back up to $2200.