SkyTeam carriers Delta, Air France, KLM and Alitalia are responding to the Oneworld sale from London to North America together with Virgin Atlantic with similar prices and travel restrictions. Prices start at €1,309 for flights from London to Boston in business class. Some of the flights are non-stop, but most of them feature a layover.
All reasonable destinations from London:
- Boston from €1,309
- Chicago from €1,325
- Washington D.C. from €1,338 (non-stop)
- New York from €1,339 (non-stop)
- Charleston from €1,344
- Nashville from €1,344
- New Orleans from €1,344
- Philadelphia from €1,344
- Pittsburgh from €1,344
- Atlanta from €1,555
- Houston from €1,555
- Austin from €1,559
- Miami from €1,568
- Dallas from €1,576
- Denver from €1,576
- San Francisco from €1,787
- Seattle from €1,787
- Los Angeles from €1,790
- Las Vegas from €1,801
Search & Book
The fare rules are very similar to those of the competing Oneworld sale. The minimum stay requirement is at least one night from Saturday to Sunday. You are allowed to take the inbound flight up to 12 months after the outbound flight. The deal expires March 17, 2020. Stopovers are not permitted. Travel is allowed between the following dates:
- November 1 to November 14, 2020
- December 5 to 13, 2020
- January 3 to March 31, 2021
You can find suitable dates via Google Flights (instructions). You can then either book directly with the airlines, such as Delta, or book via our Travel-Dealz search with the cheapest online travel agent. Especially for deals in premium cabins, we would recommend booking directly with the airline however.
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.
Tickets are issued in booking class Z. The flights should at least give you a 110% credit, potentially more depending on your frequent flyer program of choice. Here’s an example mileage credit for a non-stop flight from Paris to New York with Air France:
- 16,620 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 13,850 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 13,770 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 13,770 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 11,080 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 10,320 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 10,320 on Saudia Alfursan
- 8,600 on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 8,600 on Air Europa Club
- 8,600 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 8,600 on Korean Air Skypass
- 6,880 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 6,880 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 6,880 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 6,880 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 6,880 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 6,880 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 6,880 on FlyingBlue
Hotels in the US are definitely quite pricey. Because of that it definitely makes sense to compare prices but also location and reviews, just to get the best quality possible for your budget. A good tool to do that is booking.com:
If you are lucky, you can also use on of our hotel vouchers and coupons:
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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