Hawaii: €1,753 Business Class from Budapest (All Alliances)

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Various SkyTeam, Star Alliance and Oneworld members team up to bring you discounted business class flights from Budapest to Hawaii, starting at HUF 605,800 (~€1,698) for British Airways‘ offer. All flights include two layovers – one in Europe and one in North America.

By choosing Oneworld’s offer, you have the opportunity to get Oneworld Sapphire, a status that grants alliance wide lounge access for two persons, on a single ticket.

Info

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.

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Oneworld connections feature American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, British Airways and Finnair.
SkyTeam flights are a combination of Air France, Delta Airlines and KLM.
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Star Alliance carriers Air Canada, Lufthansa, United Airlines and Swiss participate in this bid.

This offer is available to most Hawaiian islands, not only Honolulu.

All transatlantic flights feature a proper long haul business class cabin. US- oder Canadian domestic flights may be domestic first or even economy class. Please keep an eye on that during your booking, as the downgrade to economy won’t cheapen the price.

Search & Book

Not a single airline involved states an expiration date in their fare rules, but all demand a rather long minimum stay of six nights. The offer is available daily between today and June 2021.

If you’re looking for specific flight dates or check general availability, we recommend to use Google Flights (instructions). Since some tickets at the advertised fare are only sold by online travel agencies, use our flight search to find the best offer. Otherwise, it is preferable to book directly with an airline like Lufthansa, British Airways or KLM.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mileage

Since ticket issuing and operating airlines vary greatly, it is hard to make an accurate statement about mileage. Star Alliance tickets are issued mostly in booking class P, Oneworld issues ticket in booking class I, while SkyTeam tickets the four long haul segments in Z. Please be aware that your personal mileage accrual might differ a lot, depending on marketing and operating airlines.

Gain Oneworld Sapphire on a Single Ticket

If you credit your flights in British Airways Executive Club you’ll receive 140 tier points for each segment to and within America as well as 40 tier points for each flight between London and Budapest. That sums up to 640 tier points, forty more than needed to reach Oneworld Sapphire status.

In order to get the status, you must make sure that all flights within Europe and all transatlantic flights are operated by British Airways, as you need 600 tier points and at least four flights on British Airways or Iberia to get the coveted status. Among other perks, it grants lounge access for two persons on all Oneworld flights.

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.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Los Angeles, California (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Miami, Florida (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Currency

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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  1. Wigand Weirich says:

    Various Star Alliance members team up to bring you discounted business class flights from Amsterdam to Hawaii, starting at a €1,870 roundtrip fare from Paris to Honululu.

    Ja was denn nun – ab Paris oder Amsterdam?

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