All itineraries include two stops, one in Europe and one in the continental USA. The transatlantic leg is the one in premium economy, while all other flights are economy class. But as two checked bags up to 23 kg each are included in a premium economy, this is still an amazing offer. You can find flight dates between May and October 2021.
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Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
To Honolulu, Hawaii:
To Anchorage, Alaska:
Using Google Flights allows you to find further destinations on other Hawaiian islands or smaller towns in Alaska for roughly the same price and maybe a third stop. Also, you can also find similar fares with departure from Geneva.
Enroute to Hawaii, we recommend selecting a transatlantic flight with a destination as four southwest as possible (Los Angeles being the best option). This way you maximize your time in a premium economy seat.
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The fare rules for this deal do not provide an expiration date, but a minimum stay. You need to spend at least six nights or one night from Saturday to Sunday at your destination. Availability is fairly good from May through October 2021.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
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