My husband has a terrible time sleeping on planes and he lost the first 1.5 days of our last trip to Europe because of jet lag and having not slept. We upgraded once to business at the airport and he was fine (who isn't with full sleeping pods?!) so we're planning to splurge and do open jaw with business class on the way over so he can enjoy the whole trip.
What are typical business fares on airlines like BA, Lufthansa, etc. that time of year? I'm very possibly being unrealistic but was hoping for something more like $4k per ticket.
I've been watching fares and they seem astronomical but I've never purchased business class ahead of time and it's been a few years since I've gone to Europe. The budget airlines seem reasonable at $2500-$3500 but those airlines don't have pods and some don't have lie-flat seats at all. The biggies that fly direct from here are all around $8-$10k for a ticket. We won't splurge that much. Our destination is Italy but we're happy to go on any direct-to-Europe flight business and then do a cheap flight or night train to our final destination. I've been to Italy off-season before and was hoping to get better prices but am getting nervous the closer we get to November.
Advice on business class of budget airlines (Condor, Icelandair, etc.) or other creative options? Any of your tips are welcomed!