Oneworld partners British Airways and American Airlines are offering cheap first class tickets from Budapest, starting at only HUF 972,400 (~€2,419). The cheapest flights are only available for a few dates, but there is good availability in January 2023.
British Airways allows you to cancel all flights starting before August 31, 2022, in exchange for a voucher. You can use that voucher for booking made up until September 30, 2023. It cannot be exchanged for a monetary refund, though.
You have to be fully vaccinated for at least 14 days to enter the United States, with an approved vaccine, unless you are a US resident/citizen. You can read more about the entry requirements at the CDC.
Our calendar highlights all available travel dates for trips of up to 28 days. It will forward you to ba.com with your selected flight dates.
You would always first fly to London in British Airways’ business class. From there, you fly directly to Miami. Both American Airlines and British Airways serve this route, so you can choose which first class product you’d prefer.
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The fare rules give no expiration date for this deal. In order to get the lowest price, you need to stay at least six days or one night from Saturday to Sunday at your destination. Availability is not the best, but it is okay in January.
You can find suiting flight dates with our availability calendar above or on Google Flights. We recommend buying first class tickets directly with the airline.
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 short business class flights are issued in booking class J, while the long-haul first class flights are issued in booking class A. To give you an example, this is what you’d get for a round trip to Dallas with British Airways:
- 49,128 Award Miles + 28,322 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 28,324 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 28,322 Avios + 500 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 28,322 Avios + 1,380 TP on Iberia Plus
- 28,322 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 26,606 Points on Finnair Plus
- 16,532 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 16,532 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 16,532 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 16,532 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 16,532 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 16,532 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 16,530 Qmiles + 136 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 16,530 Award Miles + 190 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 3,238 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
Looking to reach a frequent flyer status with these flights? If you’d do the entire trip in 2022, you could still get Silver (oneworld Sapphire) status. Feel free to use our status calculator to see how far your flights leave you from reaching your goal:
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