Skyteam member KLM engages in competitive pricing from its homebase in Amsterdam, offering nonstop Business Class fares to North American destinations, e.g. Montreal, as low as €1,393 for July and August 2019. Aeromexico offer nonstop Business Class flights from Amsterdam as well.
Search & Book
These fares are available at KLM.com as well as skyscanner. The easiest way to find fares suiting you is using Google Flights (instructions). In their calender, the cheapest possible flights are marked green. Then go to a booking site and enter the dates you’ve found to book your flight.
This offer is set to expire on May 23, 2019. These fares are valid for flights between July 5 and August 25, 2019 and require a minimum stay of seven days. As of now, Google Flights shows that availability isn’t great but still reasonable.
Tickets are issued in booking class Z. This results in an Amsterdam to Montreal roundtrip yielding the following number of award miles:
- 13,760 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 13,760 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 13,680 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 13,680 on Delta SkyMiles
- 13,680 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 12,110 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 10,260 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 10,260 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 10,260 on Air Europa Club
- 8,550 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 8,550 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 8,550 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 8,550 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 8,550 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 8,550 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 8,550 on Saudia Alfursan
- 8,550 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 8,550 on Korean Air Skypass
- 8,550 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
KLM’s World Business Class
According to a number of reviews, KLM’s Business Class is a middle-of-the-pack product. It is praised for seat length and quality of service. On the other hand, a major point of complaint is food quality, seat width and lack of storage, especially in their older layouts. However, their new Boeing 787 premium cabin (available to New York and Toronto) receives more praise. You can find a more detailed review about it here and one about the slightly older 777 Business Class here.
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 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.
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 Canada
The North American country of Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of surface area. In Canada, English and French are the official languages. Tourists visit Canada because of its many natural attractions and large cities, and the flight prices vary between the east and west coasts. Flights to the east coast e.g. to Toronto or Montreal regularly cost less than 400€. For flights to the west coast, e.g. to Vancouver or Calgary, prices are closer to 400€ – 600€. Other destinations are mostly only reachable with an additional domestic flight. Just like in the USA, most airlines now only offer cheap fares that do not include checked baggage. For checked baggage you should budget an additional 50€ per direction.
Best Time to Travel
Canada is a huge country with many varying climate conditions, but it is safe to say that the winters (November to March) are very cold and snowy in most regions. Summers are relatively mild and partly rainy.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 6 months. However, an electronic travel waiver (eTA) must be applied for, similar to the ESTA required for entry into the USA. This costs about 5€ and is valid for up to 5 years.
Canada’s national currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). One euro is approximately $1.50 CAD. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% to pay in CAD.
Transfer from Canada to the USA
Canada is located north of the USA and is the only other country apart from Mexico that shares a border with it (2 borders, actually: Alaska borders Canada in the southeast!) At many airports in Canada US immigration is already done before departure, so you arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger in the domestic terminal which can potentially save you lots of time since you do not have to stand in line at customs upon arriving. By land the same entry formalities take place as at the airport or by train at the station in Canada. Most EU citizens don’t need a visa and can instead make use of the digital ESTA procedure.
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