Since recently, Oneworld members British Airways, Iberia, and American are offering very cheap premium economy tickets from France to the USA. Starting at €379, you could fly from Paris and other French airports to various destinations in the USA. The list of destinations includes Las Vegas, Washington DC, New York, and many more. For a surcharge of roughly €30-70, you could also fly to Miami, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.
The premium economy usually offers wider and more comfortable seats on the long-haul flights, with more legroom as well as more luggage: personal item, hand luggage, and 2 x 23 kg of checked luggage.
Hint: You can upgrade a British Airways premium economy flight to business class using Avios. For London-Heathrow to Las Vegas, you would need 30,000 Avios (Zone 5, Off-Peak) + a low amount of fees & taxes, subject to availability.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
- Las Vegas at €379
- Washington D.C. at €393
- New York at €395
- Miami at €424
- San Francisco at €453
- Los Angeles at €453
- Boston at €467
- Orlando at €483
- Seattle at €493
- Ford Lauderdale at €520
Other departure airports:
The long-haul flights are usually operated by Boeing 787, 777, Airbus A350 or A380 airplanes. The feeder flights from France to London or Madrid are operated with Airbus A320 jets. They do not have a premium economy, so you’ll have to sit in regular economy seats.
On the flights to Miami and New York, you can generally fly either the outbound or inbound flight nonstop – with a modern seat from American Airlines. The flight to Boston also has a newer cabin in British Airways’ Airbus A350. The other destinations are usually operated with the somewhat older British Airways cabin.
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The flights are bookable until November 30, 2020 according to the fare rules. You can travel until the end of June 2021. There is a minimum stay requirement of 3 days, with a maximum being set at 3 months.
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 tickets are issued in British Airways’ and Iberia’s booking class T. American Airlines, however, issues the tickets in booking class P. We’ve calculated the mileage that you’d receive for a roundtrip from Paris to Las Vegas via London:
- 17,488 Points on Finnair Plus
- 11,952 Qmiles + 74 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 11,432 Avios + 180 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 11,432 Avios + 970 TP on Iberia Plus
- 11,432 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 11,034 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 10,866 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 10,866 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 10,866 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 10,866 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 10,866 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 10,866 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 10,864 Award Miles + 80 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 10,864 Award Miles + 17,148 EQMs on American AAdvantage
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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