Looks like Virgin Atlantic and Oneworld member airline British Airways are fighting a small air fare battle on flights from London to New York. These flights are non-stop and may be worth traveling for from other parts of Europe. London is probably the easiest city to reach in the whole of Europe.
On some of the flights Virgin Atlantic will use with their brand new business class in their A350 while others are flown with their 787 Dreamliner and A330. Therefore be careful when booking if you want to test the new business class. Business Traveller has published a great posting on what to expect in the new Virgin Atlantic business class.
British Airways will fly this route with their Boeing 747 business class. God Save The Points has published a great review on the business class on the upper deck of the Boeing 747. Some other flights are operated by American Airways in their Boeing 777. Traveling For Miles has published a very detailed review of that business class.
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The fare rules for the Virgin Atlantic and British Airways flights are identical. They state that the minimum stay length must be at least 1 day. The maximum stay length is 12 months. The deal expires on July 16. There are no blackout dates but the travel is only permitted on the following dates:
- Outbound: January 3 – March 31, 2020 & April 18 to May 31, 2019
- Inbound: January 3 – April 4, 2020 & April 19 to May 31, 2019
You can find cheap fares with Google Flights (instructions). You can then go ahead and book through Momondo which displays the cheapest online travel agent rates at the moment or directly via Virgin Atlantic or British Airways.
Virgin Atlantic is not part of a big alliance however it has several cooperations with other airlines. The flights promoted here are in booking class Z. You will earn at least 125% of the distance flown with airline partners.
- 13,770 on Delta SkyMiles
- 13,770 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 10,320 on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 10,320 on Hawaiian Airlines
- 8,600 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 8,600 on South African Voyager
- 8,600 on ANA Mileage Club
The flights book in booking class I. You will earn at least 125% with these flights. Since British Airways is part of the Oneworld alliance you have a lot of options on where to credit them. You will also earn 280 Tier Points with a roundtrip in their own Executive Club.
- 17,210 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 13,850 on Finnair Plus
- 10,320 on Iberia Plus
- 10,320 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 10,320 on British Airways Executive Club
- 8,600 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 8,600 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 8,600 on Asia Miles
- 8,600 on LATAM Pass
- 8,600 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 8,600 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 8,600 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 8,600 on American AAdvantage
- 8,600 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
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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