Not only do Oneworld members American Airlines, Iberia, and British Airways have a great sale going on from Paris, but they are also currently offering great prices for their business class flights from Amsterdam to the USA. Especially nice: there’s basically daily availability all year long!
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.
We found cheap business class deals to the following cities:
- New York: €1,198
- Philadelphia: €1,228 (nonstop)
- Seattle: €1,234
- Austin: €1,254
- Chicago: €1,269
- Denver: €1,280
The flights are either operated by American Airlines with a layover in the USA (usually Dallas), Iberia with a layover in Madrid, or British Airways via London. Philadelphia poses the only exception, as American Airlines offers that route nonstop. On your flights, you will get a spacious seat that can be converted into a fully flat bed. You’re also entitled to 2 x 32 kg of checked luggage.
By the way, this isn’t our only deal for Oneworld flights to the USA:
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To get these prices, your trip has to include a Sunday. Other than that, there are absolutely no restrictions. There is practically daily availability all year long. You could check out Google Flights as some days are a couple of Euros cheaper than others, but honestly, you can simply go to British Airways’ website and select whatever dates suit you best personally.
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.
The tickets are issued in booking class I. To give you an example, flying a roundtrip to Austin via Dallas with American Airlines would get you:
- 24,610 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 20,510 on Finnair Plus
- 16,220 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 15,290 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 15,290 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 15,290 on Etihad Guest
- 13,520 on Iberia Plus
- 13,520 on British Airways Executive Club
- 12,840 on Asia Miles
- 12,740 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 12,740 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 12,740 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 10,190 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
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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