Atlanta: Oneworld Flights Starting at €222 From all Over Europe (€322 With Luggage)

Skyline Atlanta, USA

Oneworld partners British Airways and American Airlines are selling cheap flights to Atlanta. Prices start at only €222 from Barcelona, but you can depart from many other cities, such as Athens, Amsterdam, Dublin, and many more. Luggage, however, is not included and would increase the price by another €100.

You can fly from the following cities:

If you’re flying with American Airlines, you will fly directly to a hub in the USA (e.g. Miami, Philadelphia, or Dallas), from where you’d then fly to Atlanta. If you decide to fly with British Airways, you’ll be flying via London.

Warning

We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.

Search & Book

These flights can be found from August onward, as long as your trip is at least 7 days long. The availability may be more restricted from some cities than from others, though.

Google Flights shows the exact availability of each route, as does our own calendar above, which will redirect you to British Airways’ booking site.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mileage

British Airways issues these tickets in booking class O. To give you an example, flying from Dublin via London with British Airways (and back) should get you:

  • 4,482 Qmiles + 30 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
  • 3,606 Points on Finnair Plus
  • 2,350 Avios + 50 TP on British Airways Executive Club
  • 2,350 Avios + 210 TP on Iberia Plus
  • 2,350 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 2,250 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
  • 2,240 Award Miles + 4,702 EQMs on American AAdvantage
  • 2,240 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
  • 2,240 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
  • 2,240 Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 2,240 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 2,240 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
  • 2,240 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

As you can see, these bookings won’t give you a decent amount of miles at any program.

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.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Los Angeles, California (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Miami, Florida (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Currency

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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