Oneworld members American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, British Airways and Finnair are teaming up to bring you discounted business class flights from Budapest to Hawaii, starting at HUF 648,400 (~€1,613). All flights include two layovers – one in Europe and one in North America. You can fly at this price between December 2022 and May 2023.
You have to be fully vaccinated for at least 14 days to enter the United States, with an approved vaccine, unless you are a US resident/citizen. You can read more about the entry requirements at the CDC.
These tickets are not covered by any eased-up rebooking rules. If you book through American Airlines, you’d only have to pay a free difference to modify your flights.
You can book the following example trips:
- To Honolulu through Los Angeles at HUF 648,400 (~€1,613)
- To Honolulu with an overnight stop in Dallas (lie-flat flight to Hawaii) at HUF 648,400 (~€1,613)
- To Kahului at HUF 648,400 (~€1,613)
Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days to Honolulu. To book flights through the AA website, you can use Google Flights or our flight search tool.
All itineraries feature at least two stops, one in Europe and one in North America. Sadly, only the transatlantic passage is guaranteed to feature a proper lie-flat-business class seat. Flights between the Pacific Coast and Hawaii are almost always domestic first class, so you would spend six hours in a recliner seat. If you want to spend your trip to Hawaii in a long-haul business cabin, you have to look for routings via Dallas (DFW).
British Airways was the first airline to offer lie-flat seats – over 20 years ago. Sadly, many seats are still from that time and no longer reach today’s standards in other aspects. Especially in the Boeing 747, the seats were extremely narrow. Furthermore, it is unusual that every other seat is facing backward. If you, however, fly in a plane that has the new Club World seats installed, you’ll be flying in a much better product, sometimes even with Suite seats that offer a lot of privacy. A general downside at British Airways: there is no free seat reservation, which is unusual for a business class.
Even if American Airlines doesn’t enjoy a good reputation for many, its business class is very good. Every seat has direct access to the aisle and the service, as well as the food and the seat, are at a very high standard. Travel-Dealz founder Johannes tested the Boeing 777 and really enjoyed the flight.
Search & Book
The fare rules give no expiration date for this deal. Since prices fluctuate heavily on these routes, you’re better off being decisive. A minimum stay of six days applies, or at least one night from Saturday to Sunday. You can travel there on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and back on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
If you’re looking for specific flight dates or want to check general availability, you can use Google Flights (instructions). If you’d like to customise your journey to include specific flights, you could also use ITA Matrix. You can add layovers in different US cities (Dallas, New York, Los Angeles etc) either to get more miles/tier points or to fly on a better product.
The easiest option, however, is using our calendar above, which will redirect you to British Airways’ 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 I. Due to the long travel distance, you can earn a decent amount of miles. This example covers a basic itinerary booked through BA:
- 39,502 Award Miles + 26,766 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 35,894 Points on Finnair Plus
- 25,488 Avios + 640 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 25,488 Avios + 1,680 TP on Iberia Plus
- 24,212 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 23,580 Award Miles + 250 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 23,578 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 23,578 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 23,578 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 22,302 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 22,302 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 22,302 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 21,026 Qmiles + 132 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 19,106 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 15,920 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 12,324 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 7,658 Miles on Etihad Guest
- 6,382 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
Since there are so many possible layover and carrier to choose from, we recommend using our mileage calculator for your personal itinerary:
Hotels in Honolulu can be as cheap as €50, depending on the hotel category and the dates. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is searching on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
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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