Oneworld members Finnair and American Airlines are offering cheap Economy flights to the United States destinations Chicago, New York, and Boston from Baltic capitals Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, starting at €295. According to Finnair’s fare rules, adding a checked-in bag up to 23kg will see the price go up by €90.
We were able to find flights to the following three US destinations:
After an extremely short flight to Helsinki, you would either fly directly to New York with Finnair, or continue to London and fly to your final destination from there with American Airlines.
Search & Book
Fare rules state that these tickets are available for stays between six days and three months. They specify further that travel dates must be between today and December 31, 2019. Sadly, a blockout occurs during the summer holidays from June 19 through August 25. There is no information on offer duration. As of now, Google Flights indicates good availability for all autumn dates.
The easiest way to find low fares and suiting travel dates is Google Flights calendar (instructions). After retrieving travel dates, you can apply them on skyscanner. These are purchasable through Finnair’s website as well, but prices at skyscanner are approx. €20 cheaper.
Tickets are issued in booking class O. This booking class yields only 25% of distance travelled in award miles. A Rigo to New York roundtrip can earn you miles on the following programs:
- 4,606 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 4,344 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 2,304 Avios + 50 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 2,304 Avios + 210 TP on Iberia Plus
- 2,172 Avios + 26 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 2,172 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 2,170 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 2,170 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 2,170 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 2,170 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
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 approximately €20, 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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