Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to British Airways with your preselected flight dates. You can also check what OTAs have to offer, although they only sell these tickets for around €20 cheaper.
The cheapest itineraries include a flight through London Gatwick airport. The connection is rather short, only 1:05 on the way there. However, you should still choose that option over an airport change to Heathrow. Most flights include a Boeing 777, either from British Airways or American Airlines.
Search & Book
The sale is on until September 30, 2022 and you’d need to reserve 28 days before flying. You can fly from September to May with possible holiday itineraries. You can fly from Mondays through Thursdays on the way there and you can fly back from Tuesdays to Thursdays. Availability looks very good, with a little break in late October.
You can browse flight dates on either Google Flights or on our availability calendar above, then book on British Airways’ website. Alternatively, you could book the flights through online travel agencies (OTAs) using our flight search tool, although the ~€20 price difference may not equal out the lost benefits.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
British Airways issues the long-haul flights in booking class O, while the short-haul tickets in booking class S. The trip connecting in both Gatwick and Heathrow would get you the following mileage:
- 3,680 Avios + 30 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 3,145 Points on Finnair Plus
- 2,226 Avios + 60 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 2,226 Avios + 210 TP on Iberia Plus
- 2,226 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 2,026 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 1,955 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 1,954 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 1,954 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 1,840 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 1,840 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 1,840 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 1,726 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 115 Award Miles + 10 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
It’s not easy to find a cheap and good-quality hotel in New York. We suggest using our hotel search box. Once you selected your dates, it will forward you to either Booking.com or Travel-Dealz hotel search, where you can compare prices.
If you’re travelling in January or February, however, we do have a hotel recommendation for you:
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 approximately €20, 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 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.
The 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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