Oneworld stalwart British Airways is selling first class flights to the United States for prices starting at £1,998 (~€2,332). That’s what you’d normally pay for business class! All flights mentioned in this article are nonstop fares.
Here are the nonstop fares from London:
- Nashville, TN at £1,998 (~€2,332)
- Chicago, IL at £2,095 (~€2,446)
- Washington, D.C. at £2,095 (~€2,446)
- Philadelphia, PE at £2,208 (~€2,578)
Depending on your destination, British Airways will operate different aircraft. Just check with Google Flights to find out more about your route. It could be a Boeing 747, 777 (sometimes American Airlines), 787 or an Airbus A350.
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The fare rules state no expiration date, but offer some clear restrictions on travel time. It is valid for departures from Europe within the following time frames:
- November 24 through November 30, 2019
- December 18, 2019 through January 2, 2020
- April 1 through April 17, 2020
- July 1 through August 31, 2020
Therefore, it covers most of europe’s winter, easter and summer holidays. You need to stay at least one night from Saturday to Sunday at your destination.
You can use Google Flights to find available dates for flights to the destination of your choice. We recommend booking directly at britishairways.com, even if booking through our Travel-Dealz flight search would save you some money.
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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.
Tickets for the long-haul first class segments will be issued in booking class A. According to BA’s mileage table this will get you an earning rate of 250%! A roundtrip to Nashville should be credited like this:
- 37,530 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 20,850 on British Airways Executive Club
- 20,850 on Iberia Plus
- 20,850 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 20,130 on LATAM Pass
- 20,130 on Finnair Plus
- 12,510 on Air Italy Meridiana Club
- 12,510 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 12,510 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 12,510 on American AAdvantage
- 12,510 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 12,510 on Asia Miles
- 12,510 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 12,510 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 12,510 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Also, you will get 210 tier points for the flights from and to the USA. So you’ll earn 420 tier points for a round-trip which means that you’ll be promoted to Bronze (Oneworld Ruby) status in BA’s Executive Club (if you’re a new member). If you can get a second layover in the USA, you’ll even get 540 tier points, which gets you really close to the 600 tier points needed for the Oneworld Sapphire status.
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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Thanks to our source YHBU!Cover Picture: © British Airways