Oneworld members British Airways and American Airlines offer two insanely good business class deals with departure from Luxembourg. For less than €900, you can reach Boston or Miami with a short stop in London-Heathrow. Other destinations are not that cheap, but still just above the €1,000 mark.
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.
- Boston at €879
- Miami at €888
- San Francisco at €1,020
- Philadelphia at €1,039
- New York at €1,039
- Washington D.C. at €1,069
- Dallas at €1,079
- Atlanta at €1,143
- Chicago at €1,143
- Seattle at €1,149
- possibly more
For €100 more, you can find these fares from Brussels, as well.
While British Airways has a slightly outdated business class product in large parts of its fleet, you can still check out their brand new Club Suite enroute to Miami or Washington.
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The fare rules do not give a sales or travel period for this deal, it might be over at any time. A minimum or maximum stay is missing, too. The fare shows almost daily availability between October 2020 and September 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.
British Airways issues these tickets in booking class I. A Luxembourg to Miami roundtrip earns you the following mileage:
- 24,580 Award Miles + 14,750 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 19,050 Points on Finnair Plus
- 14,750 Avios + 360 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 14,750 Avios + 1,150 TP on Iberia Plus
- 14,200 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 11,840 Award Miles + 19,660 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 11,840 Qmiles + 80 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 11,830 Award Miles + 150 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 11,830 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 11,830 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 11,830 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 11,830 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 11,830 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 11,830 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 11,830 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Further, a ticket is worth 360 tier points in British Airways Executive Club (140 TP for each long haul and 40 TP for each short haul segment). That gives you instant Oneworld Ruby if all four flights are operated by British Airways. Sadly, the most interesting perks begin with Oneworld Sapphire. You currently need 450 points to gain that tier.
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, 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.
The 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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