Oneworld stalwart British Airways, Star Alliance member United Airlines and Skyteam associate Virgin Atlantic are currently outbidding each other for nonstop roundtrips between London-Heathrow and Los Angeles, selling flights as low as €330 / £297. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic do the same on flights to Miami. Unfortunately, none of these fares includes checked bags.
Enroute to Los Angeles, you will enjoy either Boeing 787 Dreamliner service (United and Virgin Atlantic) or British Airways Airbus A380-800. On flights to Miami, options are a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787, an American Airlines Boeing 777 or a British Airways Boeing 747-400 (one of the last of its kind).
Search & Book
All of these flights are displayed on Google Flights. The most convenient way to find suiting travel dates is using their calendar (instructions) and use the data you’ve found on skyscanner or a carrier’s website like ba.com. Not all carriers match their prices on all possible traveldates, but you have plenty of variety to choose from.
All fare rules have in common that your minimum stay is respecting the saturday night rule. A maximum stay of twelve months is given, as well. These fares apply for certain travel periods:
- September 30, 2019 – December 17, 2019
- January 10, 2020 – March 30, 2020
Only United offers an expirationdate for its offer, as flights won’t be sold after September 15, 2019.
Tickets will be issued in booking classes O (BA), K (UA) or T (VS). Unsurprisingly, none of these will emit huge amounts of award mileage. A maximum of 50% of distance mileage will be credited to your account.
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 Los Angeles
The metropolis in California, USA is especially famous for Hollywood. But Los Angeles offers much more to discover.
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Information & Tips for Miami
Miami is the largest metropolitan region in Florida, although the city itself has only a population of about 400,000. Also called “Capital of Latin America”, the city has a lot of influences from Central and South America which give it its unmistakable character. Miami can be reached quite cheaply from Europe, fares of under 300€ are now the norm and from time to time there are also bargains for under 200€! Miami International Airport is served by numerous European airlines and American carriers also offer transatlantic flights.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Miami is between November and May. At this time of year the weather is warm but moderate and the water temperatures are perfect for swimming. During the Hurricane Season from the beginning of June to the end of November, hurricanes and tropical storms with strong winds and extremely high precipitation can occur.
From the Airport to the City Center
The Metrorail Orange Line to Downtown costs $2.25 per person and takes only 15 minutes to get to the city centre. A taxi costs about 20€-25€, while the Miami Beach Bus will take you directly to the beach. For $2,65 it leaves every 30 minutes from the airport to Miami Beach.
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