Oneworld carriers British Airways, Finnair and American Airlines bring you an interesting offer with departure from Stockholm: Three airports in the greater Los Angeles area are available at €292 (~SEK 3,117) each. There are two catches with these flights. You’d have to change planes twice – once in Helsinki or London, once in Dallas. And a checked bag is only free of charge if you’re an Oneworld status holder.
The prices above are only offered by online travel agency vayama, available via Skyscanner. The same flights are available on British Airways’ website for SEK 3,033 (~€284).
Our availability calendar shows you all possible flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days. You can select your flight dates, and it will take you Skyscanner or ba.com
All possible itineraries include two change of planes. One in Europe, and one in Dallas. Transatlantic services are provided by American Airlines, British Airways or Finnair. AA handles domestic services between Dallas and California.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale for this price until April 18, 2022. You need to stay at least one night from Saturday to Sunday at your destination to get the lowest fare. Availability is pretty decent from September 2022 onwards.
Google Flights shows you additional flight dates. If you have found suiting dates, go to Skyscanner for the cheapest tickets. More conveniently, you can use our availability calendar above for all of those steps.
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.
American Airlines flights are booking class B, while British Airways or Finnair legs are booking class O. Since operating carriers and possible routings vary greatly, we encourage you to use our mileage calculator:
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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