Europe to Vancouver roundtrip on BA first class for less than $3k, potential Alaska mileage run

There are some great deals from Europe to Vancouver (YVR) on British Airways available right now. You can travel roundtrip from a number of European cities, including Athens (ATH), Barcelona (BCN), and Lisbon (LIS) to Vancouver in first class on British Airways for less than $3,000 USD. Some flights can be purchased for as low as $2,800 USD.

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The intra-European leg to LHR is on British Airways’ unspectacular A320 business class – it’s basically a normal economy seat with the middle seat removed. But the leg from LHR to YVR is in first on British Airways’ 747-400.

British Airways’ first class isn’t the best product out there. The first class cabin layout is dense, the seats are smaller than leading products, and the IFE system is tiny and dated. But the food and beverage service is above average, and British Airways’ service is not bad at all! You also have access to British Airways’ Concorde Room in LHR that has great food, and relaxation rooms.

This trip is also a great mileage run opportunity for Alaksa Airlines. The LHR to YVR leg books into A, which will get you 450% Alaska miles and 250% EQMs. That’s over 100,000 miles, and 50,000 EQMs, which will get you more than halfway to MVP Gold 75 status on Alaska for 2022.

These deals are available starting in January 2021. There isn’t any maximum stayover either, so you can turn this into two trips and use the 100k miles you’ll earn to fill in itinerary gaps.

The only downside to this trip is British Airways has pulled its A380 from the LHR to YVR route until late March 2021 – and with so much schedule uncertainty, I wouldn’t count on flying the A380 even if it’s on the schedule.