Several Star Alliance carriers such as Swiss, Lufthansa, United Airlines and Air Canada carriers are offering excellent fares for Business Class flights from France to Canada and the United States of America. Prices start as low as €1,192, and you can choose between different departure airports.
These fares are with departure from Paris:
- New York at €1,192
- Chicago at €1,219
- Miami at €1,212
- Boston at €1,287
- Toronto at €1,316 (nonstop)
- Montreal at €1,316 (nonstop)
- San Francisco at €1,411
- Washington at €1,411
- Seattle at €1,417
- Los Angeles at €1,435
Depending on the airline and the airport you’ll fly out of, cities for a layover may include Frankfurt, Munich, Toronto or Montreal. Some nonstop connections are part of the deal as well! If your route should include a stop in Canada, you will need an eTA or visa – keep that in mind when booking your flight.
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According to the fare rules, tickets have to be issued until October 1, 2019 to take advantage of this offer, which is valid for travel commencing within the following periods:
- November 21 – November 29, 2019
- December 10 – December 30, 2019
- April 6 – April 28, 2020
- June 23 – September 30, 2020
You can’t return earlier than the first Sunday after your arrival. And if your schedule and immigration status allow for such a long trip, you can stay in New York for up to 3 months.
To check for availability, use Google Flights (instructions). The tool will show you all the possible flights for your trip to North America. Once you’re happy with the dates, compare prices that OTAs offer via our flight search. Or let Google forward you to one of the carriers’ websites. As always, this is recommended when booking more expensive tickets.
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 most segments should be issued in booking class P. Here’s an overview of what that would get you with selected Star Alliance frequent flyer programs if you decide to travel to New York on e.g.,
- 15,730 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 15,410 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,050 on United MileagePlus
- 15,050 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 15,050 on TAP Miles & Go
- 11,800 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 11,290 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 11,290 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 11,290 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 9,410 on ANA Mileage Club
- 9,410 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 9,410 on Air India Flying Returns
- 7,860 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 7,860 on Miles & More
- 7,860 on Asiana Club
- 7,520 on SAS EuroBonus
- 14,020 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 10,340 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 9,220 on SAS EuroBonus
- 9,220 on Miles & More
- 8,270 on LATAM Pass
- 8,270 on United MileagePlus
- 8,270 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 8,270 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 7,990 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 5,790 on ANA Mileage Club
- 550 on Asia Miles
- 17,570 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 14,560 on TAP Miles & Go
- 10,920 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 9,100 on Vistara Club Vistara
- 9,100 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 7,280 on EgyptAir Plus
- 7,280 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 7,280 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 7,280 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 7,280 on South African Voyager
- 7,280 on Miles & More
- 7,280 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 7,280 on Air India Flying Returns
- 7,280 on SAS EuroBonus
- 7,280 on Asiana Club
- 7,280 on Azul TudoAzul
- 7,280 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 7,280 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 7,280 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 7,280 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 5,090 on ANA Mileage Club
Information & Tips for Canada
The North American country of Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of surface area. In Canada, English and French are the official languages. Tourists visit Canada because of its many natural attractions and large cities, and the flight prices vary between the east and west coasts. Flights to the east coast e.g. to Toronto or Montreal regularly cost less than 400€. For flights to the west coast, e.g. to Vancouver or Calgary, prices are closer to 400€ – 600€. Other destinations are mostly only reachable with an additional domestic flight. Just like in the USA, most airlines now only offer cheap fares that do not include checked baggage. For checked baggage you should budget an additional 50€ per direction.
Best Time to Travel
Canada is a huge country with many varying climate conditions, but it is safe to say that the winters (November to March) are very cold and snowy in most regions. Summers are relatively mild and partly rainy.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 6 months. However, an electronic travel waiver (eTA) must be applied for, similar to the ESTA required for entry into the USA. This costs about 5€ and is valid for up to 5 years.
Canada’s national currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). One euro is approximately $1.50 CAD. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% to pay in CAD.
Transfer from Canada to the USA
Canada is located north of the USA and is the only other country apart from Mexico that shares a border with it (2 borders, actually: Alaska borders Canada in the southeast!) At many airports in Canada US immigration is already done before departure, so you arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger in the domestic terminal which can potentially save you lots of time since you do not have to stand in line at customs upon arriving. By land the same entry formalities take place as at the airport or by train at the station in Canada. Most EU citizens don’t need a visa and can instead make use of the digital ESTA procedure.
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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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