Oneworld carriers American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia have been fooling around with open jaw flights from Europe via America to Spain over the past weeks. This time, the offer consists of open jaw bookings with an economy class trip to America and a business class trip back to Europe that is in most cases available for less than €900 per person.
Not only can you reach most major US and Canadian airports by taking advantage of this deal, you can start your journey from almost any point in Europe.
Your itinerary always has to consist of two legs and these must look like this:
- Outbound: [Not Spanish European City] – [North American City] in Economy Class
- Inbound: [North American City] – [Spanish City] in Business Class
While the inbound always includes 2x23kg of checked bags, the outbound is usually in economy light. That means only Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald status holders can check a bag for free. And even this, rule only applies if you don’t choose British Airways.
Here are some examples of what’s possible with this fare (prices w/o checked bags, business class in bold):
- Zurich – Seattle | Seattle – Madrid for €707
- Copenhagen – New York | New York – Madrid for €742
- Oslo – Seattle | Seattle – Madrid for €745
- Stockholm – Seattle | Seattle – Madrid for €751
- Hamburg – Seattle | Seattle – Madrid for €788
- Hamburg – Toronto | Toronto – Barcelona for €806
- Berlin – Dallas | Dallas – Barcelona for €813
- Cologne – Houston | Houston – Madrid for €823
- Hamburg – Montreal | Montreal – Barcelona for €825
- Munich – Philadelphia | Philadelphia – Madrid for €831
- Dusseldorf – New York | New York – Madrid for €839
- Dusseldorf – Chicago | Chicago – Malaga for €849
- Munich – Washington D.C. | Washington D.C. – Barcelona for €852
- Stuttgart – San Francisco | San Francisco – Madrid for €854
- Hanover – Miami | Miami – Malaga for €863
- Cologne – Denver | Denver – Madrid for €876
- Dublin – Los Angeles | Los Angeles – Madrid for €868
- Berlin – Austin | Austin – Madrid for €878
- Zurich – Puerto Rico | Puerto Rico – Madrid for €884
- Frankfurt – Los Angeles | Los Angeles – Malaga for €900
- Berlin – Las Vegas | Las Vegas – Madrid for €923
You can also fly double open jaws, like A → B | C → D:
- Vienna – New York | Seattle – Madrid for €801
- Berlin – San Diego | New York – Madrid for €829
- Berlin – Las Vegas | Los Angeles – Barcelona for €831
- Basel – Honolulu | Los Angeles – Bilbao for €943
This fare is available for departures between January and June 2024. The easiest way to book is British Airways’ website. You need to select the Economy Standard fare for outbounds and business on the inbounds. The cheapest fare without luggage is available on American Airlines’ website, though the booking process is more complicated and requires some skills with the ITA Matrix.
Operating airlines and carriers vary wildly, but you can choose between any airline of Oneworld’s Atlantic joint venture. These are American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia.
Even if American Airlines doesn’t enjoy a good reputation for many, its business class is very good. Every seat has direct access to the aisle and the service, as well as the food and the seat, are at a very high standard. Travel-Dealz founder Johannes tested the Boeing 777 and really enjoyed the flight.
British Airways was the first airline to offer lie-flat seats – over 20 years ago. Sadly, many seats are still from that time and no longer reach today’s standards in other aspects. Especially in the Boeing 747, the seats were extremely narrow. Furthermore, it is unusual that every other seat is facing backward. If you, however, fly in a plane that has the new Club World seats installed, you’ll be flying in a much better product, sometimes even with Suite seats that offer a lot of privacy. A general downside at British Airways: there is no free seat reservation, which is unusual for a business class.
Finnair, the Oneworld member from Northern Europe, offers a very modern and comfortable business class in its Airbus A350. Their A330 product is comfy, but the seats do show their age. A remarkable thing about Finnair is that they’re planning to introduce a Light fare (on some routes), which doesn’t include luggage – an absolute novelty for this travel class.
Iberia is one of the few airlines that has the same product across its entire long-haul fleet. A positive is that every seat has direct access to the aisle. The seats which are directly next to the window (in every 2nd row) offer especially high privacy. In total, it’s a very good product, as Travel-Dealz founder Johannes could witness on his short test flight on an A340.
Search & Book
This fare is valid without an expiration date for flights in the first six months of 2024. You need to spend at least one night from Saturday to Sunday in America to get the lowest price.
Google Flights cannot help you find flight in mixed cabin classes. There are two viable ways to find these fares and book them:
British Airways’ Website
You can find all advertised fares on BA’s website. The website only lets you select a business class inbound if you chose economy standard on the outbound. This is why booking via ba.com is often €40-60 more expensive than booking with American Airlines.
In this case, the business class fare might be even cheaper than economy class. You might have to scroll down a bit to find the cheapest option.To find suitable dates, you are still reduced to trial and error.
American Airlines’ Website via the ITA Matrix
If you don’t need checked a checked bag on the outbound flight (because your frequent flyer tier allows them for free, you want to go on a shopping spree in the US or you just hate clothing anyway), you can find cheaper tickets on American’s website. However, you need to fulfill some requirements:
- Basic knowledge of the ITA Matrix. Here’s a tutorial.
- A browser add-on called ITA power tools. Read about it here.
You can follow this link to set up your search. Then, you need to enter some extension codes to narrow down results and speed up your search. Enter
alliance oneworld for the outbound and
alliance oneworld;f bc=I on the inbound leg.
While the example link proposes a Zurich-Seattle-Madrid ticket with dates in April, feel free to fool around with origins, destinations and dates.
After choosing an itinerary, you can use the power tools to request the flights on American Airlines’ European website.
While this method will save you some money, you still need to research availability for each date and city trio individually.
While carriers vary, almost all economy tickets are booking class
O while business class or Domestic First flights are ticketed in
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