American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair and other Oneworld partner carriers are selling cheap tickets for flights from Switzerland, Luxembourg and Brussels to the USA. You can get your round-trip at prices starting at CHF 236 (~€230), to different US destinations. These include Chicago, Boston, Washington, San Francisco and San José.
The fares only include hand luggage. The bag price depends on the route and the airline you book through. If you book through BA’s website, you can calculate your bag price.
Generally, you can find the best prices from Basel and Geneva with Zürich coming to a few euros behind. Flights from Brussels start at €236 and average at €245, while you can find flights for €257 from Luxembourg. You can reach the following destinations from Basel
- Boston at CHF 236 (~€230)
- Washington at CHF 236 (~€230)
- Chicago at CHF 236 (~€230)
- San Francisco at CHF 251 (~€244)
- San José at CHF 251 (~€244)
If you are willing to pay up to €50 more or have more than one stop, the variety of possible destinations gets even broader.
All itineraries have at least one stop in either London, Madrid, Helsinki or Philadelphia. The good availability lets you decide which airline and aircraft do you want to fly.
Search & Book
You need to book until March 29, 2022. You need to stay at least six days but not more than three months at your destination. You can travel until the end of June or between September and December. You can find great availability during both travel periods.
To find the best routes and dates, we suggest using Google Flights (instructions). We have preselected a few filters: we set an 18-hour maximum travel time (you could delete the filter to find the best San Francisco prices) and deselected flights to/from London Gatwick and City so you won’t need to travel between airports. You can remove these filters easily with one click.
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.
Your mileage will vary a lot by booking and operating carrier and status. We suggest using our mileage calculator for your exact calculation. If you have BA Executive Club, you can use our Tier Points and Avios calculator. In this calculation below, you can see what you would get on a BA flight from Basel to Chicago booked on BA. British Airways issues booking class Q for the long flight and S for the short flight.
- 3,704 Qmiles + 34 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 3,702 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 3,338 Points on Finnair Plus
- 2,128 Avios + 60 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 2,128 Avios + 210 TP on Iberia Plus
- 2,128 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 2,076 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 2,074 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 2,074 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 2,074 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 1,852 Award Miles + 20 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 1,852 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 1,852 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 1,852 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 1,852 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
The USA is not the cheapest country when it comes to hotels. To benefit from the best deals, you can use our hotel search box below. Once you selected your destination and dates, it will redirect you to either Booking.com or to our hotel search tool which compares different booking sites.
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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