First Class to the USA for €2,270 with British Airways & American Airlines from Germany

American Airlines Flagship First Class Boeing 777

At Travel-Dealz we regularly present you with good offers for business class flights to North America. Attractive prices in first class, on the other hand, are rare.

Currently, however, there is a good Oneworld offer from several German airports. Flights to New York are available from €2,270. Other destinations such as Philadelphia are possible for a slightly higher price.

The long-haul flight is either operated by British Airways or American Airlines. British Airways’ first class is by no means the top product in the industry and is sometimes ridiculed as the best business class in the world. Nevertheless, you get to sit in a very comfortable seat, can bring 3 x 32 kg of luggage, eat good food and experience an exclusive product on the ground with the Concorde Room in London.

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The tickets can be rebooked without having to pay a fee, but you’ll have to pay the price difference, which will probably be extremely high.

You can simply select your preferred route and travel dates on our calendar and then be forwarded directly to British Airways’ booking site. Please note that the price is only available from November to March 2023 (depending a bit on the destination):

The cheapest destinations of this offer are:

You can start from Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Frankfurt & Munich. The prices differ only by a few euros due to different taxes & fees.

The feeder flights from Germany to Great Britain are usually carried out with Airbus jets operated by British Airways. They only have a business class – with a free middle seat & catering, but in regular economy class seats.

Depending on the destination, you can choose between British Airways and American on long-haul routes. British Airways mainly uses Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 planes. American only has a first class in Boeing 777 planes.

Within the USA, American segments are always in their domestic first class, which offers wide leather armchairs, but in terms of comfort, it is by no means comparable to first class on long-haul routes. We, therefore, recommend that you choose to transfer in Dallas or Los Angeles (if possible) rather than on the East Coast so that you can spend more time in first class for the same price.

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The fare rules do not state how long the prices will remain available. We were able to find them from December to March 2023, but they are only displayed very incompletely (sometimes incorrectly) on Google Flights and differ depending on the destination.

The minimum stay requirement is one night from Saturday to Sunday, the upper limit is 12 months. Theoretically, stopovers are allowed for €150 per direction. Booking these flights is apparently only possible directly on British Airways’ website.

Mileage

The long-haul segments in first class are issued in booking class A. The British Airways mileage table is decisive for the mileage credit – regardless of whether the flight is operated by BA or American. At the British Airways Executive Club, you will be credited with 250% of the distance as Avios. You also get 210 Tier Points per long-haul segment and 40 TP for each remaining flight.

For a trip to New York, you can expect the following mileage credits:

  • 34,478 Award Miles + 19,710 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 19,710 Avios + 500 TP on British Airways Executive Club
  • 19,710 Avios + 1,300 TP on Iberia Plus
  • 19,532 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
  • 19,526 Miles on American AAdvantage
  • 18,488 Points on Finnair Plus
  • 11,488 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
  • 11,488 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
  • 11,488 Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 11,488 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 11,488 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
  • 11,488 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
  • 11,484 Avios + 104 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
  • 11,484 Award Miles + 130 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Trying to reach a status with these flights? Feel free to use our status calculator to see at which program you should credit these flights, and how far you are from your desired status:

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.

British Airways First Class Kabine Boeing 787 dunkel
First class cabin in BA’s Boeing 787-9

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:

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.

American Airlines Flagship First Class Boeing 777
Flagship First Class aboard American’s Boeing 777

Especially the soft product still has a lot of room for improvement. Here are a few relevant reviews:

Destination

Whichever city you’ll travel to, 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.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Los Angeles, California (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Miami, Florida (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Currency

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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