Long-haul business class Canada-Hawaii $1,000, London-Rio $1.8,000 and above
It’s bargain time again, and this week our friends at Mighty Travels have come up with three great deals to take advantage of the winter sun this year. If you’re traveling from the UK, US or Canada, we have extended business class specials available to book this week.
Deal of the Week – Calgary to Honolulu just over $1,000
The absolute deal of the week is a business class deal with United Airlines all the way from Canada to Hawaii in December. Departing Calgary on Monday, December 12, the flight lands in Honolulu at 8:07 p.m. that day and returns eight days later on December 20. The cost? Just $1,076 back, with flat business for the transpacific sector.
Initially, the first leg is underway on the E175 with the United Express service operated by United’s Skywest. The three-hour flight is early enough and short enough that the lack of a flat bed doesn’t matter. The aircraft seats 70 people in a 1-2 layout, with the first four rows dedicated to premium class. The 12 recliners have a pitch of 37 inches and a width of 20 inches, which should be pleasantly comfortable for the first jump.
The Polaris Business Class cabin is a great place to hang out. Photo: United
The real treat comes in San Francisco, where a short layover will see you board United’s Boeing 777-300ER for the five-and-a-half-hour trip to HNL. United Polaris will see you in a modern and very comfortable premium seat, with direct aisle access and a 78-inch bed surface. By then, chances are United will have returned to top-flight catering as well.
It’s a great opportunity to get away in style as winter really begins to set in in Calgary. Snowbirds will be able to trade the gloomy days and cold weather for ten-hour sunny days and much-needed sun and sand for a full week. Adventurous visitors can hike the trails to Diamond Head or snorkel off Ka’anapali Beach, as well as visit the volcanoes, waterfalls and luaus Hawaii is so beloved for.
London to Rio less than $1.8
Europeans looking to get away at the end of next winter can get their share of sunshine with our second great deal. Flying from London to Rio with SWISS and LATAM next March, this offer will take you away from the British cold for 15 days under the South American sun. With premium service and a package for the long-haul portion, the fee of just $1,785 seems worth it.
Departure is from the famous London City Airport, beloved for its direct tube access and ridiculously short check-in times. Departing at 6.20pm on March 6, the first stop is Zurich Airport, where a short 1 hour and 45 minute connection will get you into your business class seat on the Boeing 777 well before bedtime.
The seats are well designed, although with a little less privacy than some modern affairs. Photo: SWITZERLAND
The flight is long, more than 12 hours in total. But thanks to the bed on board and the time zones crossed, the 06:50 arrival will be felt much later. The SWISS 777-300ER has 62 open business suites, which somewhat lack privacy. If you can snag one of the “throne seats”, the experience will be much more enjoyable. Nonetheless, the impeccable service and delicious food served on board will no doubt make up for the somewhat dated seat.
The stopover in Sao Paulo is long, just over six hours. That’s about long enough to leave the airport if you really want to, or you can head to LATAM’s VIP lounge to relax until your flight. The lounge is very spacious, with room to work, rest, dine and relax and a wide choice of food and drink. There is an X-BOX room and a fantastic deck view.
A few hours should go by in these surroundings. Photo: LATAM
The final leg of the trip will be a short 55-minute hop on LATAM’s A320, arriving in Rio at 2:00 p.m. the same day. The return flight operates on March 21 and arrives in London at 4:40 p.m. on the 22nd.
Rio is a wonderful city to visit at this time of year, with average temperatures of 27 degrees and around 12 hours of sunshine a day. It’s warm and sunny enough to feel like a real break from Britain, but not so hot that you don’t want to do anything. Which is good, because there’s a ton of things to do in and around Rio.
Sugarloaf Mountain is a must-do on the bucket list, accessible by cable car and offering stunning views of the city and surrounding area from the top. The same goes for the Corcovado – the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. There are miles of hiking in the surrounding mountains, parasailing opportunities at the top of the peaks and, of course, bags of shopping and cultural opportunities around town. Or, you know, you could just spend two weeks on Copacabana Beach – we won’t judge.
Portland to Dubai, just over $2,000
Another for planners ahead, this deal gives chilled Portland vacationers a few different options for heading to sparkling Dubai for two weeks in January. When flying with United and Air Canada, United and SWISS, or Alaska and Lufthansa, you can choose from the carrier of your choice for travel, all under $2,200.
The cheapest, and our top choice for the transaction, is a United Airlines departure from Portland at 11:07. The Boeing 737 will take you to O’Hare International, to connect to Toronto Pearson on the Embraer 175. Here, after a short stopover in Toronto, you will settle on the Air Canada Boeing 777.
Air Canada’s business class product is about as good as it gets. Photo: Air Canada
Air Canada Signature on the 777 comes with the Executive Pod, a 1-2-1 herringbone arrangement of Super Diamond seating, one of the best in its class. The fully flat bed is 6’7″ long and food on board currently consists of a hot casserole, appetizer, salad, dessert, roll, cheese and crackers, created by one of Air Canada’s award-winning chefs. This option only costs $2,126
The next cheapest currently shows $2,137 and sees the same first connection by United, followed by a SWISS A330 to Zurich. The stopover lasts just over two hours, before another A330 connection to Dubai. There is a third option on our dates for $2,155 which has Alaska Airlines connecting to Seattle, where Lufthansa’s A340 quadjet will provide the wings to Frankfurt. From FRA, it’s a Lufthansa A330 for the six-hour trip to Dubai.
Both of these options are feasible but, in our opinion, the option of staying on board for a 12-hour non-stop trip to Dubai is far more appealing than changing planes in Europe. Of all the choices, Air Canada’s 777 product stands above all the rest and is well worth the investment at this price.
Flights depart on January 12, with a return on January 24, 2023.
Dubai is renowned as the playground of the Middle East, and January is a great month to go. Temperatures hover around 22 degrees, with 11 hours of steady daylight from its cloudless blue sky. From the heights of the Burj Khalifa to the extravagance of the Dubai Mall, from quad biking through sand dunes to learning to ski on real snow, the world truly is yours when it comes to things to do.
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