Oneworld members American Airlines, Iberia and British Airways team up to bring you a bunch of low Premium Economy fares between Italy and the United States, starting at €655 for a Milan to New York roundtrip.
British Airways allows you to cancel all flights starting before August 31, 2022, in exchange for a voucher. You can use that voucher for bookings made up until September 30, 2023. It cannot be exchanged for a monetary refund, though.
For some reason, American Airline long haul segments get downgraded to Economy services on British Airways’ booking site. We cannot determine what causes this error. Booking via American Airlines’ website solves this problem on affected flights. But you won’t enjoy British Airways’ refund policy anymore.
All flights consist of an inner European leg, that is ticketed in Economy Class followed by a premium Economy segment across the Atlantic, operated by either British Airways, Iberia or American Airlines. The sole exception are flights from Milan, where you can get to New York directly or continue towards Miami with an American domestic flight.
On flights from London to Miami, you might be able to enjoy British Airways new 777 premium economy cabin.
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Flights are on sale for this price until January 17, 2022. These fares can be found from January through May 2022. However, availability is already dwindling down.
These fares are displayed on Google Flights. You can find suiting travel dates there (instructions). We recommend booking these flights directly at britishairways.com to benefit from their refund policy.
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.
Short haul flights are booking class K, while the trans Atlantic segments are booking class T. Because operating and ticket issuing airlines vary wildly, we cannot give any reliable information about award mileage. Our example covers a trip from Venice to Miami via London.
- 15,368 Points on Finnair Plus
- 10,434 Qmiles + 64 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 9,550 Avios + 200 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 9,550 Avios + 890 TP on Iberia Plus
- 9,550 Award Miles + 14,682 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 9,550 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 9,548 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 9,548 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 9,548 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 9,548 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
- 9,548 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 9,192 Award Miles + 60 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 9,192 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 9,192 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 1,072 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
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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