All three major alliances (Star Alliance, SkyTeam, Oneworld) are currently selling very cheap business class tickets to almost all North American cities for less than €1,500 (often even less than €1,400), as long as you start your trip in Hungary, Denmark, Italy, or Greece. The list of possible destinations is huge, regardless if you wish to fly with British Airways, American Airlines, Lufthansa, United, Finnair, Air France, Delta, Air Canada, etc. Availability is generally very high from March through May 2021.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Here are some of the cities that all alliances will fly to:
- Washington DC: €1,342
- Vancouver: €1,384
- Calgary: €1,388
- Houston: €1,392
- Denver: €1,392
- Minneapolis: €1,428
- Salt Lake City: €1,429
- Austin: €1,429
- Atlanta: €1,433
- Raleigh: €1,436
- Nashville: €1,440
- and more…
The flights are usually the cheapest from Budapest, and not all alliances and destinations are always available from each city, but generally, availability seems to be quite good for those 4 countries to the North American destinations.
Most of these flights will have 1-2 layovers in the alliance’s main hubs, such as Munich, London, Lisbon, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Toronto, etc. The possibilities are almost endless.
Search & Book
The three alliances did not only copy each other’s prices, but even their fare rules are almost identical, especially for SkyTeam and Oneworld. You can search for your perfect flight on Google Flights, as you’ll be shown the prices for all three alliances there. You can also use the filters to find the flight that suits your preferences the most.
SkyTeam & Oneworld
You can purchase the SkyTeam flights until November 22, 2020 and there’s no official expiration date for the Oneworld prices. The trips have to include a Sunday and your flight to North America has to be from Tuesday to Thursday, while returning to Europe from Monday to Wednesday.
You can fly until May 31st, as long as you respect a minimum stay requirement of 6 days.
The Star Alliance tickets are usually issued in booking class P. To give you an example, a Lufthansa roundtrip from Budapest to Vancouver via Munich should get you:
- 18,280 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 13,830 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 11,860 on Miles & More
- 11,860 on SAS EuroBonus
- 11,070 on United MileagePlus
- 11,070 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 11,070 on LATAM Pass
- 11,070 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 10,710 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 7,740 on ANA Mileage Club
- 700 on Asia Miles
Most Oneworld tickets are issued in booking class I. To give you an example, a British Airways roundtrip from Budapest to Austin, with layovers in London, should get you:
- 29,140 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 23,450 on Finnair Plus
- 17,480 on Iberia Plus
- 17,480 on British Airways Executive Club
- 17,480 on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 14,570 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 14,570 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 14,570 on Asia Miles
- 14,570 on LATAM Pass
- 14,570 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 14,570 on American AAdvantage
- 14,570 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 14,570 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 14,570 on SriLankan FlySmiles
The SkyTeam flights are issued in booking class Z. To give you an example, a KLM roundtrip from Budapest to Minneapolis via Amsterdam would get you:
- 19,630 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 19,630 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 19,520 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 19,520 on Delta SkyMiles
- 19,010 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 17,270 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 14,640 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 14,640 on Air Europa Club
- 14,640 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 12,390 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 12,200 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 12,200 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 12,200 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 12,200 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 12,200 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 12,200 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 12,200 on Saudia Alfursan
- 12,200 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 12,200 on Korean Air Skypass
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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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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