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Pick a Color, Pick a Class, Pick a Promotional Fare
November 26, 2016 -- I won't lie to you: I've lost track of all the colors and all the days people are using to offer holiday-themed promotional prices on everything from power tools to pashmina shawls. It's a blur of post-Thanksgiving hucksterism.
Still, you will find honest-to-goodness deals if you look down the list of special prices being promoted by the international airlines. Fares start below $400 in coach to Europe and around $500 to Asia. There are good premium economy fares, too, and British Airways has broken a sale that knocks business class prices to Europe down to as low as $1,500 roundtrip.
Here's what we know now, as of 1 p.m. ET. Several other carriers (including Alaska Air, LAN of South America, Air New Zealand and El Al of Israel) are promising sales in the following days. All prices highlighted here are roundtrip except where specifically noted. They include all taxes and fees. Valid travel dates and purchase-by dates vary wildly by carrier and destination, so read the fine print carefully.
British Airways offers business class fares as low as $1,880 roundtrip on connections to Europe (New York to Barcelona) and $2,026 roundtrip on nonstops to London (from New York). The catch? The price is per person when TWO people travel together. The opportunity? These prices can be lowered by another $400 roundtrip each when you book via the AARP discount portal. That brings the effective price down to less than $1,500 per person roundtrip.
Emirates is also promoting a business class sale for two people traveling together. Prices start at $5,539 roundtrip for two between Chicago and Cairo.
Air France has premium economy prices starting at $1,285 roundtrip (Washington-Paris) and at below $1,500 roundtrip to Paris from Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Cathay Pacific is discounting premium economy travel from all its U.S. gateways. Prices start at $1,292 roundtrip from Los Angeles to Beijing or Shanghai.
Singapore Airlines is promoting selective discounts on its "fifth freedom" flights between the United States and connecting points in Europe and Asia. Premium economy travel starts as low as $1,099 roundtrip from Los Angeles to Seoul or Tokyo.
Aer Lingus is selling fares as low as $499 roundtrip (Hartford-Dublin) from all of its U.S. gateways. Sale prices are lowest in winter, but are available for spring and summer, too.
Air Europa, the Spanish carrier, is discounting fares by 30 percent when you use the code BLACKFRIDAY.
Alitalia has prices as low as $597 roundtrip nonstop (New York-Rome) and $507 roundtrip for connections around Italy (Boston-Pisa). Connecting flights to elsewhere in Europe (and Tel Aviv) start at $666 roundtrip to Bucharest, Romania.
Etihad, the Gulf carrier based in Abu Dhabi, has coach and business class fares on its connecting network. Prices start at $655 roundtrip from New York to Manila.
EVA Airlines of Taiwan is promoting a sale to its Taipei hub and around its Asia network. Prices start at $494 roundtrip (Chicago-Taipei).
Finnair is selling fares as low as $497 roundtrip to Stockholm or London or nonstop to Helsinki.
Hainan, the privately owned Chinese carrier, has promotional fares starting as low as $460 roundtrip (Chicago to Beijing or Seattle or San Jose to Shanghai).
Iberia offers promotional fares to Spain and around its connecting network. Prices start at $381 roundtrip to Madrid.
LOT Polish is knocking 20 percent off all coach fares when you use the promo code BLACKFRIDAY at purchase.
Lufthansa has a sale for all of its destinations worldwide. Prices start at $849 roundtrip (Chicago-Mumbai).
Qantas is promoting flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from the United States. Prices start at $999 roundtrip from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas/Fort Worth and $1,099 from New York.
TAP Air Portugal has fares as low as $411 roundtrip (New York to Barcelona). Sale prices are valid to both Portugal and around Europe.
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