Oneworld stalwart British Airways is offering very generous fares for First Class flights to Canada, the United States and Mexico. Several nonstop destinations are available from London-Heathrow for fares starting at £1,675 (~€1,862). Flying from other UK airports via London, or to other destinations in the USA that don’t have a direct connection with London is also possible for similar prices.
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 current immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
These prices are for nonstop destinations served from London-Heathrow:
- New York City at £1,675 (~€1,862)
- Boston at £1,747 (~€1,942)
- Nashville at £1,906 (~€2,118)
- Chicago at £1,942 (~€2,158)
- Toronto at £1,995 (~€2,217)
- Mexico City at £2,008 (~€2,232)
- San Francisco at £2,018 (~€2,243)
- Phoenix at £2,093 (~€2,326)
- Houston at £2,130 (~€2,367)
- Atlanta at £2,194 (~€2,438)
- Los Angeles at £2,343 (~€2,604)
- and more
As stated before – there are more options if you’re willing to fly with a layover.
British Airways’ first class product is not known to be the industry-leading one. The description that probably fits best is “the world’s best business class”. If you’re interested in learning more, check out this review:
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
By the way, we also have some other deals for the UK:
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According to the fare rules, your trip needs to include a Sunday. Other than that, you need to depart either on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, and fly back on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. The trip also has to start during the following travel periods:
- March 26 – March 31
- April 11 – April 25
- June 6 – July 4
- August 16 – October 24
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.
These tickets are issued in booking class A. This is a full fare first class ticket – most Oneworld programs grant at least 150%, but most likely 200% of your travel distance in award mileage. This is the expected output for flights to New York:
- 30,980 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 17,210 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 17,210 on Iberia Plus
- 17,210 on British Airways Executive Club
- 16,620 on Finnair Plus
- 10,320 on American AAdvantage
- 10,320 on Asia Miles
- 10,320 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 10,320 on LATAM Pass
- 10,320 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 10,320 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 10,320 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 10,320 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 10,320 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
Further, a roundtrip to America is worth 420 tier points in the British Airways Executive Club, going two thirds of the way to Oneworld Sapphire (600 tier points) or even the full way if you’re entitled to British Airways reduced status requirements due to Corona. You can turn this offer into a viable mileage run by adding an American domestic flight. Each American Airlines Domestic First leg will get you another 40 tier points on the ticket above.
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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