Tourists can currently not enter the USA. There are no specific details when the ban is going to be lifted.
Air France, KLM, and Delta, however, offer goodwill policies. The European airlines let you cancel all flights before March 31, 2022, for a voucher. They even allow you to redeem these vouchers in your original method of payment and get your money back this way. So booking with them might be favorable, but also around €200 more expensive.
Delta is much more restrictive, just offering you a date change if you are willing to pay the fare difference.
You may find this deal with departure from:
In addition to Anchorage, you might find tickets for the same price to Fairbanks, Alaska, too.
The flights usually take place with two layovers – one in Amsterdam and the other in Seattle. There are, however, other options, such as flying via Amsterdam and Salt Like City.
The flights within Europe are operated by KLM and/or Air France, while the long-haul flights are usually operated by Delta with an Airbus A330. The flights to Alaska are then operated by one of Delta’s Boeing 737 or 757 aircraft. Stopovers are sadly not permitted.
If you’re traveling to North America, Delta is surely not a bad choice, especially if the route is operated with an Airbus plane. The seats in the Boeing 767 are good, but already quite old. The seats in the A330 and especially the A350, however, are on an extremely high level. All A330neo and A350 planes already have the Suite seats installed, which offer maximum privacy.
Search & Book
The fare rules do not state until when this deal will remain available. You can fly from November 2021 until June 2022. Not the best travel period for Alaska, but at least you could get to see some polar lights.
You can find available dates easily by using Google Flights. Sadly, the prices displayed are not always correct, and the real price often tends to be €100 more expensive. Booking directly on KLM’s website is rarely possible, and in those cases, the prices start at €1,400. We, therefore, recommend booking through Delta, which is a rather complicated journey.
Booking via Delta
To book directly with Delta, you need to install the ITA Matrix power tools for Chrome or Firefox. Then you proceed to the aforementioned Matrix (here’s our tutorial) and search for your connection of choice, preferably with these filters:
Thanks to the ITA Matrix Powertools, you will find a nique little button at the end of your search saying Use Delta:
It will forward you to Delta’s website, where you can find the advertised prices:
The tickets are issued in booking class Z, except for the European flights, which are issued in booking class J. You can roughly expect the following number of miles:
- 28,520 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 28,520 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 28,354 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 28,352 Award Miles + 22,036 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 27,670 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 25,592 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 21,264 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 21,264 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 21,264 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 18,492 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 18,492 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 18,106 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 18,106 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 17,888 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 17,798 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 17,722 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 17,722 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 17,722 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 17,722 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 15,794 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 4,000 Award Miles + 102 XP on FlyingBlue
If you collect your miles at Flying Blue, booking on Delta’s website may be a good idea, as you’d then get roughly 14,000 award miles instead of only 4,000.
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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Source: Luxury Flight Club
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