Miami & New York: €2,363 British Airways First Class from Copenhagen in Late 2022

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British Airways is currently selling cheap first class flights from Copenhagen to Miami and New York. The flights cost DKK 17,586 (~€2,362), regardless of which of those two destinations you want to fly to.

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British Airways allows you to cancel all flights starting before August 31, 2022, in exchange for a voucher. You can use that voucher for booking made up until September 30, 2023. It cannot be exchanged for a monetary refund, though.

To enter the United States, you currently have to be vaccinated with an approved vaccine, with the final dose having been administered at least 14 days before your departure. Furthermore, you need to show a negative Covid test, no older than 24 hours. Lastly, you need to fill out this form.

The availability is quite low, as is often the case for first class flights, due to the very low number of first class seats that are installed in each plane. We’ve compiled a calendar displaying all available dates for trips of up to 28 days. Once you’ve selected your route and dates, it will redirect you to British Airways’ booking site:

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From Copenhagen, you would fly to London-Heathrow in business class. From there, you’d continue your trip to the USA in first class.

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According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale for flights without a specific travel period. However, the outbound flight may only take place on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. The inbound flight can take place on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. The fare has no expiration date and can thus be withdrawn anytime. The tickets have to be booked at least 180 days before departure.

Our calendar above shows all available dates for trips of up to 28 days. Should you wish to stay for a longer period of time, you can use Google Flights to find available dates. To book these flights, you can simply go to British Airways’ website.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mileage

The business class flights between Copenhagen and London are issued in booking class J, while the first class flights between London and the USA are issued in booking class A. To give you an example, flying to Miami would get you:

  • 44,018 Award Miles + 25,132 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 25,132 Avios + 500 TP on British Airways Executive Club
  • 25,132 Avios + 1,380 TP on Iberia Plus
  • 25,128 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
  • 23,774 Points on Finnair Plus
  • 14,774 Qmiles + 124 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
  • 14,774 Award Miles + 170 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
  • 14,774 Award Miles + 21,322 EQMs on American AAdvantage
  • 14,774 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
  • 14,774 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
  • 14,774 Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 14,774 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 14,774 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
  • 14,774 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 2,130 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

If you’re aiming for a certain status, feel free to use our status calculator to see how far this deal leaves you from reaching the required miles:

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.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Los Angeles, California (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Miami, Florida (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Currency

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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