Oneworld partners British Airways and American Airlines are offering cheap first class tickets from Budapest, starting at only HUF 1,047,900 (~€2,510) for flights to Miami, New Orleans, New York or Houston. You can even reach San Diego on the West Coast for just a little more.
Tickets include business class flights from Budapest to London and First Class flights across the pond in both directions. In addition, you get three check bags up to 32kg each and access to British Airways’ dedicated First Class lounge in Heathrow.
You can fly to the following six cities with a change of planes in London:
- Miami at HUF 1,047,900 (~€2,510) (1 stop)
- New Orleans at HUF 1,050,400 (~€2,516) (2 stops)
- New York at HUF 1,053,400 (~€2,523) (1/2 stops)
- Denver at HUF 1,057,400 (~€2,533) (2 stops)
- San Diego at HUF 1,060,900 (~€2,541) (2 stops)
- Nashville at HUF 1,101,400 (~€2,638) (2 stops)
There is good availability in Summer 2023 with a few dates also available in Spring. You can also find a few dates below €3000 from November 2022 until the Summer.
You would always first fly to London in British Airways’ business class. From there, you fly directly to the USA. Usually, your transatlantic flight would be operated by British Airways, with American costing a bit more. Some itineraries include an additional US domestic first flight. You need to clear immigration at your first US entry point.
British Airways First Class
British Airways’ first class is not as glamorous as its Middle Eastern or Asian competitors. On the other hand, it’s often offered for prices that are not very far from what others charge for business class. All tickets include a 3x 32 kg baggage allowance, access to first class lounges (where available) and exquisite catering.
The seats are 1.98 m long and also more spacious than those in the new business class Club Suite. However, there are only doors in the latest product on board a few of the Boeing 777 planes. Depending on the type of aircraft, the cabin consists of 8 to 14 first class seats.
You can find relevant reviews below:
- Review of British Airways’ first class in a Boeing 787 at One Mile at a Time
- Review of British Airways’ first class in an Airbus A380 at You have been upgraded
- Review of British Airways’ first class in an Airbus A380 at The Points Guy
American Airlines First Class
At American Airlines, there is only a real first class named Flagship First in the Boeing 777-300. The alignment is like in business class (1-2-1) and otherwise, the seat is (unfortunately) more reminiscent of a good business class, but at least it is a lot more spacious. The swivel function of the seat is quite unique so that you can look straight ahead through the window during the flight.
Especially the soft product still has a lot of room for improvement. Here are a few relevant reviews:
- Review of American Airlines’ First Class in a Boeing 777 at One Mile at a Time
- Review of American Airlines’ First Class in a Boeing 777 at God Save the Points
- Review of American Airlines’ First Class in a Boeing 777 at Travel Codex
Search & Book
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 Summer 2023.
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. American Airlines short-haul first class also gets booking class J. To give you an example, this is what you’d get for a round trip to Miami with British Airways:
- 46,230 Award Miles + 26,712 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 26,712 Avios + 500 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 26,712 Avios + 1,380 TP on Iberia Plus
- 26,712 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 26,712 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 25,048 Points on Finnair Plus
- 15,564 Avios + 132 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 15,564 Award Miles + 190 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 15,564 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 15,564 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 15,564 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 15,564 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 15,564 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 15,564 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 15,564 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
Are you looking to reach a frequent flyer status with these flights? Feel free to use our status calculator to see how far your flights leave you from reaching your goal:
Hotel prices in the US usually start at roughly €100, depending on the city and the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
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.
→ All Dealz for USA
Cover Picture: © British Airways