Currently, you have the chance to book cheap tickets for flights from London and Amsterdam to Miami with various airlines such as Swiss, Lufthansa, Air Canada, TAP, Air Europa, Virgin, or British Airways. The airlines are selling round-trips from Europe to Florida for prices starting at only €340. If you’re willing to pay a little extra, they can even fly nonstop from London to Miami for €352.
Unfortunately, these are all Light fares and therefore will only include one piece of checked luggage as well as a personal item. If you need to bring a checked bag, you can add one for roughly €100 per return flight when booking via the carrier’s website.
Most connections will include a layover in on your way to Miami. British Airways will stop in London, Swiss in Zurich, Lufthansa in Frankfurt or Munich, TAP in Lisbon, Air Canada in Toronto, and Air Europa in Madrid. But there are also flights with American Airlines that are routed via, for example, Philadelphia. The airlines will operate all kinds of aircraft on the long-haul segments, including Airbus A380 or Boeing 787.
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The fare rules obviously vary a lot from airline to airline. What we can definitively say is that availability is best in April, May, and November.
Most tickets for Oneworld flights will be issued in booking class O. This equals an earning rate of around 25% on most frequent flyer programs. Star Alliance flights should be in K or L, getting you somewhere between 0% and 50%.
Virgin Atlantic is pretty much the same. You will be credited with 25% of the distance traveled for booking class T.
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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Information & Tips for Miami
Miami is the largest metropolitan region in Florida, although the city itself has only a population of about 400,000. Also called “Capital of Latin America”, the city has a lot of influences from Central and South America which give it its unmistakable character. Miami can be reached quite cheaply from Europe, fares of under €300 are now the norm and from time to time there are also bargains for under €200! Miami International Airport is served by numerous European airlines and American carriers also offer transatlantic flights.
The Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Miami is between November and May. At this time of year the weather is warm but moderate and the water temperatures are perfect for swimming. During the Hurricane Season from the beginning of June to the end of November, hurricanes and tropical storms with strong winds and extremely high precipitation can occur.
From the Airport to the City Center
The Metrorail Orange Line to Downtown costs US$2.25 (~€1.85) per person and takes only 15 minutes to get to the city centre. A taxi costs about €20-25, while the Miami Beach Bus will take you directly to the beach. For $2,65[7c] it leaves every 30 minutes from the airport to Miami Beach.
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