Nice offers on business class flights from London to New York are not exactly rare. But at the moment we have three major airlines competing for customers on this route. And we all know what a fare war means brings to us travelers: even better prices! Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and United are selling discounted tickets for their non-stop connections from the UK’s capital to the big apple. Prices start at only €1,414 / £1,265.
All three airlines operate different aircraft on this route. While United will most likely use a Boeing 767, British Airways will get you to the USA on board of a Boeing 747 or 777. The only European aircraft is Virgin Atlantic’s: it’s the carrier’s brand new Airbus A350!
Business Class Products
But that’s not the most critical difference to think about when booking a flight. British Airways has implemented an awesome new product for their business class customers. Apparently, the route between London and New York seems to be such a cash cow, that the Oneworld member has decided to continue this flight with the old seats – at least for now.
The other two competitors are way ahead: Virgin Atlantic is introducing the all-new business class on precisely this route, and United customers have a very good chance of experiencing the United Polaris “Suite”. No doubt that people that are found of privacy will probably decide against British Airways this time.
If you want to get a first impression of what awaits you on board, check out these reviews and news updates:
- Virgin Atlantic’s new business class
- British Airways business class on Boeing 777
- United Airlines Polaris business class on Boeing 767
Search & Book
The fare rules indicate that this really is a fare war, since all three airlines set the end date for ticket sales to September 24th. Also, the travel period restrictions are identical:
- Outbound flight
- January 8th through March 31st
- Inbound flight
- January 4th through April 4th
Consequently, you will be able to find the most available flights in early 2020. The minimum stay requirement is one night from Saturday to Sunday, and you could spend up to 12 months in the USA. Don’t forget about ESTA!
Google Flights (instructions) will show you all the available connections for this deal. You can decide if you prefer booking directly on the carrier’s website. Or if you’d like to use our Travel Dealz flight search to compare prices that OTAs offer (and maybe save some €).
Virgin Atlantic tickets will be issued in booking class Z. The earning rate with Flying Club and other partner programs will be somewhere between 125% and 200%.
British Airways will sell tickets in booking class I. Oneworld frequent flyer programs, and partner airlines will credit you with 100% to 250& of the actual distance traveled.
United Airlines business class tickets are booking class P. With very few exceptions this will get you an earning rate of solid 100% on Star Alliance 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 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 New York
It is THE dream destination in the USA. The 5 districts of New York City offer more than any other metropolis in the world. And due to the high number of flights to New York, it is usually the cheapest way to get to the USA.
Best Time to Travel
The best travel time with moderate temperatures is from April to June and from September to November. Summers can bring heat waves with high humidity. Winters are often snowy and very cold.
From the airport to the city
New York City is served by three commercial airports: John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport in Queens (probably the most famous), Newark Intl. Airport in Newark, New Jersey (which is not located in NYC, but serves the metropolitan area just like the others) and LaGuardia Airport also in Queens (which is closest to the city).
John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport
Public transport: From Manhattan by subway or LIRR to Jamaica (price varies from $2.75 – $10.00), continue with AirTrain to JFK ($6). Travel time 45 – 60 minutes.
Taxi: To Manhattan $52.50 (+ $5.50 toll), 45 – 90 minutes depending on traffic.
Newark Intl. Airport
Public transport: Almost $20 with a combination of AirTrain Newark and NJ Transit to Penn Station. Almost 45 minutes drive.
Taxi: To Manhattan $50 – $70 (+ $8 toll), journey time 35 – 60 minutes depending on traffic.
Public transport: LaGuardia is only served by buses, these are slow and don’t have much space to store luggage, but with $2,75 they are very cheap.
Taxi: To Manhattan $20 – $30, journey time 15 – 30 minutes depending on traffic.
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