SkyTeam members Air France and KLM are teaming up with WestJet to bring you discounted business class flights from Budapest to Hawaii, starting at €1,605 (~HUF 576,031). All flights include two layovers – one in Europe and one in Vancouver.
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 immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
This offer is available to most Hawaiian islands, not only Honolulu. All transatlantic flights feature a proper long haul business class cabin. The flights between Canada and Hawaii are operated by WestJet, who now have a better business class cabin installed in their Boeing 737-800.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
By the way, this isn’t our only deal for our readers in Budapest:
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This deal will expire on February 2, 2021. You can fly anytime between March 28 and December 15, as long as your trip includes a Sunday. If you’re looking for specific flight dates or want to check general availability, you can use Google Flights (instructions). The easiest option, however, is using our calendar above, which will redirect you to Air France’s booking site.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
The tickets are issued in booking class Z, meaning that you can roughly expect to be credited the following number of miles:
- 33,446 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 33,446 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 33,251 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 33,250 Award Miles + 24,940 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 32,649 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 29,433 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 24,940 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 24,940 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 24,940 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 20,917 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 20,781 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 20,781 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 20,781 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 20,781 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 20,781 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 20,781 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 20,781 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 20,781 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 20,781 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 10,506 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
This calculation, however, only holds if WestJet’s flights are considered as Air France-KLM codeshare flights – which might not be the case for some programs.
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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