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When Is The Best Time To Buy Business Class Tickets?

You may have heard different claims about the best time to book a Business class ticket. Some websites say it’s 30 days or even 2 months before your flight. Others say it’s on Black Friday or on a Wednesday.

However, these claims are not true. Instead, prices depend on various factors such as demand, seasonality, and availability.

When is the best time to buy Business class tickets?

Business class tickets can be expensive, but there are ways to find cheaper fares. Airlines publish throughout the whole year special fares, or let’s say cheaper fares, those are the deals that you can find on our website.

However, it’s impossible to predict when airlines will offer these fares.

It is possible to stumble upon the best price for business class tickets by booking 30 days in advance, as some websites suggest. However, this occurrence is purely a stroke of luck as it coincides with the date when an airline decided to offer a sale or discounted ticket.

We monitor the special fares from airlines every day, subscribe to our newsletter (for free), and you will get updated about the latest deals once a week.

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Is there a best time to book a Business Class ticket?

We’ve published 1000s of Business class or First class “deals” so far.

Over the past few months, we have observed a new trend, cheap business class tickets are often sold at least 3, 6 or even 9 months before the scheduled departure date. This wasn’t always the norm. We believe that this shift is a result of the increasing number of people wanting to travel again after the pandemic era. As a result, airlines are able to sell more tickets than the number of available seats. Therefore, it seems unnecessary for airlines to offer discounted business class seats for the upcoming months.

Based on our experience, we advise that if you come across a reasonably-priced business class ticket that meets your budget, go ahead and book it without hesitation. It is not worth the risk of waiting to see if an even better deal comes up.

Throughout the year, business class tickets may go on sale at various, and unfortunately unpredictable, times.

Set yourself a price limit, when a ticket pops up which is below that price, simply book it and don’t wait any longer.

While it is possible to find an even better deal later, the opposite may also hold true. It might happen, the price for the ticket will never be that good again. At some point, when the travel date approaches, you will have to book for a much higher price.

We can assure you that this scenario is not uncommon, out of our own experience ;).

Be Flexible!

Above, we mentioned the best time to book cheap First or Business Class Tickets. But just as important as that is, that prices vary significantly depending on which country or city the itinerary originates.

You can use this to your advantage and get some excellent airfare deals. For that, you simply need to start your journey from another city or even another country.

For example: A ticket from Frankfurt nonstop to South America in FIRST class could cost you over 4000€, with Lufthansa. If you start from Paris, with 1 stop in Frankfurt, you would only pay 2800€ for that ticket.

You would even sit on the same plane and possibly in the same seat, on the leg from Frankfurt to South America!

In such a case, it makes sense to start your trip in Paris instead of Frankfurt and save a lot of money ;).

Always think about that before booking a fare. If the destination is the one you are looking for, it often can make sense to buy a separate ticket to the place where the cheap flight originates. You just need to be flexible.


How to find the cheapest First or Business class tickets?

As mentioned already, airlines publish cheap business or first class tickets from time to time during the year.

We track the best deals and special fares from airlines, so you don’t have to. By checking our page regularly, you will be updated each day about cheap business class or first class tickets.

We will send out “deal alerts” as well, but only for extraordinary cheap business or first class fares.

For the deal alerts, you need to subscribe to our newsletter or download our app to never miss one of those deals.

Here’s a link to the current top deals published on our page.

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  • Lollie

    When flying to Europe, does it ever make sense to buy a 1-way biz class going over and then return on a 1-way economy? The main advantage of the biz class is being able to sleep lying down on the way over. Coming back business class is not such a big deal.

    • premiumflights

      A few years ago TAP was selling cheap one-way tickets from the US to Europe, under $1000, in that case it could have make sense.
      But now one-way tickets in business class are too high, quite often even higher than return tickets.
      So, I would say it makes no sense if you don’t want to spend more money than a business class round trip ticket that is on sale would cost.

  • Marry Walker

    I mostly travel out of country every year and i prefer to book flights before three months. And as per my suggestion, This is the best time for Booking Business class tickets. I agree with your ideas. Keep posting!

  • Eszter Favics

    This post is very thoughtful although I was not particularly worried. 🙂
    It’s true that last year after I jumped on a Swiss deal in early November AMS-ZRH-LAX for 1600 and then around Black Friday there was a cheaper version directly from ZRH plus then I saw a HNL deal as well(which was our final destination from Luxemborg) I was a bit sad but since that was my first long haul business class journey I was still super happy and excited with the final deal. I guess after one get the good deal and don’t plan other trips it’s better not to check the website to avoid disappointment.
    And for example couple of weeks ago there was AMS- Hawaiian Islands deal but I though there will come better one later. We will see; now we are still waiting LOL.

    • premiumflights

      I booked last year as well for Black Friday LUX-SEA-MIA-LUX for 1300€ with Oneworld, I was hopping for a similar deal this year, but there was realy not much to North America. I still have time, so I am not worried, not yet.
      But there’s one points I can’t agree 🙂
      You say don’t check the website to avoid disappointment, don’t do that, visit us and read tutorials or stories…
      But I know what you mean 😉

      • Eszter Favics

        I understand your point 🙂
        It is just for those who really maxxed out their yearly travel budget both time and finance wise and don’t want to bang their head into their desk seeing a 300eur(so 600 for a couple) cheaper deal than booked weeks before for almost the same trip.
        And indeed thank you for your precious work!
        On the app is there a way to request notifications appearing on the phone(I would even pay a bit more for that option 😉 )

        • premiumflights

          Via the Android app you should already get push notifications for Deal Alerts. If not, there’s maybe a problem with enabling push notifications on your phone. With the iOS app we still have some bugs. That should be solved soon with an update.

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