Star Alliance carriers Lufthansa, Swiss and United offer nicely priced fares from Barcelona to Boston, Massachusetts. You can purchase a ticket for a round-trip at only €181! Not as cheap as the super low price that we promoted a lately, but still a very good deal!
It won’t come as a big surprise that this is a Light fare that does not include checked luggage. But you can add one bag for around €100 per return flight.
In most cases your trip will include only one layover, often in Munich or Zurich. From there, you will fly directly to Boston Logan airport. Layover times are moderate. Some offers are routed via Canada. But if you have a choice, we’d recommend skipping this layover, since it will require you to apply for an eTA in addition to the ESTA.
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The offer is valid for trips commencing on or before October 24th, 2020, according to the fare rules. Tickets will be sold until November 30th. We’ve been able to find discounted seats from January through May. Prices go up during the summertime. Minimum stay requirements are 7 days and you can spend up to three months in the USA if your immigration status allows for it.
Google Flights (instructions) will find all connections for you. Just choose the dates that work for you and have the tool forward you ton one of the carrier’s websites. Alternatively, you can also use our Travel Dealz flight search to compare prices from OTAs.
This is a Star Alliance fare that does not include check-in luggage. Additionally, some other disadvantages may apply, especially when flying with United:
Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian
Lufthansa Group airlines call this fare Economy Light. You can select your seats during the check-in process. While these airlines still allow Star-Alliance-Gold customers to bring one 23kg bag, it is said that this benefit will soon be eliminated without much warning.
The long-haul United Basic Economy allows Star-Alliance-Gold customers to fly with 2 x 23 kg luggage, or even 3 x 32 kg if you’re a MileagePlus frequent flyer. Nevertheless, there are other restrictions:
- You cannot reserve your seats. Even at the time of check-in, you’ll be automatically assigned a seat, which you cannot change.
- You’ll be the last one to board the plane (except if you’re a frequent flyer).
- Additionally, if you’re a MileagePlus-customer:
- No free Economy-Plus upgrades
- Only 50%
PQMinstead of 100%, and only 0.5 PQS per flight
- No modifications (e.g. Same Day-Changes) possible
- Upgrades are not permitted
On flights with Air Canada, there is also a Basic Economy, but it is not quite as restrictive as United’s. If you have a Star-Alliance-Gold-Status, you can give up a 23 kg luggage, and Air-Canada-Altitude status holders can even be allowed up to 3 x 32 kg.
Other restrictions include:
- You can reserve seats, but at a higher price than usual for Economy.
- For Air Canada Altitude customers:
- 25% miles for transatlantic flights, none for domestic.
- Upgrades are not permitted.
- From Prestige 25K onwards you can select your seats.
If you feel that these restrictions are unbearable, you should book over Lufthansa.com or United.com and select the rate that includes luggage for roughly €80 more.
Information & Tips for USA
The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.
Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements
The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA) for about 12€, you don’t need a visa for entry.
Best Time to Visit
Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.
The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.
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Information & Tips for Boston
Boston is one of the most important cities in the history of the USA and also the state capital of Massachusetts. Next to its historic significance, the city boasts a number of tourist attractions.
Careful: Flights to Boston are usually very cheap from Europe (starting at 200€ without checked baggage), but the hotel prices are among the most expensive in the USA!
Best Time to Visit
The best time to travel to Boston is from late summer to autumn. While the beginning of the summer can still be rainy and cool, the weather from August to October is most suitable for touristic purposes – temperatures are mild and precipitation is comparatively low.
From the Airport to the City Center
A free shuttle bus takes you from the terminals to the Airport Station of the MBTA Blue Line, from there you can take the Blue Line to the city center (approx. 7-10 minutes). Tickets cost $2.50. A taxi to the city center costs between $20 and $30, depending on the traffic and the exact destination. Uber and Lyft are slightly cheaper.
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