Oneworld partners British Airways, American Airlines, and Iberia have teamed up to offer cheap first class tickets to the USA for people departing from Spanish cities. Prices to 5 US-destinations cost €2,231 from Barcelona and Madrid and are available for flights from February through September 2022. You can also fly to a few other destinations – or start your journey in Valencia, however at a slightly higher price.
Touristic travel to the USA should be possible again from November 2021 onwards for fully vaccinated Europeans.
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.
Here are some examples with departure from Barcelona:
- New York: €2,231
- Dallas: €2,231
- Washington DC: €2,231
- Boston: €2,322
- Philadelphia: €2,322
- Chicago: €2,254
- Atlanta: €2,316
- Miami: €2,381
You would always first fly to London in business class, from where you would fly to the USA in first class with either British Airways or American Airlines on seats that can be extended into roughly 2 meter long fully flat beds and lots of privacy. You also get to bring 3 suitcases of 32 kg each.
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
According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale until for flights without a specific travel period. However, the outbound flight may only take place on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Sunday. The inbound flight can take place on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Sunday. The fare has no expiration date and can thus be withdrawn anytime. The tickets have to be booked at least 120 days before departure.
Google Flights is usually the best source for suiting flight dates. We’d recommend simply trying out some early week dates between February and September using our tool above, which will redirect you to British Airways’ website.
The business class flights between Spain and London are issued in booking class J, while the long-haul flights are issued in booking class A. Should you fly from Barcelona to New York (and back), you’d get:
- 35,970 Award Miles + 20,776 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 20,778 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 20,776 Avios + 500 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 20,776 Avios + 1,380 TP on Iberia Plus
- 19,490 Points on Finnair Plus
- 12,110 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 12,110 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 12,110 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 12,110 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 12,110 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 12,110 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 12,108 Qmiles + 104 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 12,108 Award Miles + 130 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 12,108 Award Miles + 18,046 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 2,494 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
As this is the shortest flight, all other routes would give you even more miles. One thing, however, always stays the same – the number of tier points that you’d get on British Airways’ Executive Club: 500 tier points!
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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