North America: SkyTeam Business Class Starting at €1,052 From Spain

KLM 777 Business Class

The SkyTeam members KLM, Air France, and Delta are currently offering many cheap business class connections from Spain to North America. Starting at €1,097, you could e.g. fly from Barcelona to Miami, Vancouver, San Francisco, or Dallas. There’s a high variety of possible destinations.

The number of origin airports is also quite high. You can start your trip in Barcelona, but also from other Spanish cities, e.g. Madrid, Bilbao, or Valencia. There’s availability until March 2022.

Info

Tourists are currently not permitted to enter the USA. There are rumors, that entry restrictions for Europeans may be lifted in May, but no details have been published.

Luckily, Air France and KLM are among the most customer-friendly airlines in regard to Corona-flexibility. You can cancel all flights until December 2021 for free. You’d get a voucher, which can be fully refunded. If you book for 2022, you can rebook the flights, but you’d have to pay the fare difference.

Here are some example prices for trips starting in Barcelona:

This deal can be found for flights from September 2021 until March 2022. You can select your desired route and dates in our search form below and then be redirected to Air France. Be aware that the outbound flight has to be from Tuesday through Thursday, and the inbound flight between Monday through Wednesday. You can also be redirected to Expedia, to directly also book your hotel.

Usually, you’d fly the long-haul flights with Delta, either to Atlanta or New York. But you can often also choose to cross the Atlantic with Air France or KLM. The aircraft used varies according to the destination, ranging from a Delta Boeing 767 to an Air France A350.

Warning

We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.

All three airlines (Air France, KLM, and Delta) offer lie-flat-seats on long-haul flights, i.e. the seats can be converted into a completely flat bed. On flights within North America, however, you will be seated in a domestic first class. There, you’ll be sitting in comfortable leather seats, but it’s far from the comfort of long-haul flights. We recommend maximizing the time in wide-body aircraft, even if it costs a couple of Euros more.

Search & Book

The fare rules do not state how long this deal will remain available, so we recommend booking as soon as possible. They do, however, state an important restriction: The departure from Spain has to take place on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. The flight back has to take place on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. You also have to spend at least one Sunday at your destination before flying back.

As always, don’t forget to apply for your ESTA visa (for US$14 (~€12)) for your stay or transit in the USA, or an eTA (€5) for Canada.

You can find available dates easily using Google Flights. Sadly, the prices may sometimes be €100-200 more expensive than what Google displays. You should then book the flights on Air France’s website. Another booking option is to directly book your flights and hotel together on Expedia.

Mileage

The flights are usually issued in booking class Z, and sometimes in J. If you fly from Barcelona to Vancouver via Paris, you could roughly expect the following number of miles to be credited to your account:

  • 22,100 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 21,960 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • 21,960 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 21,830 Award Miles + 16,370 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
  • 21,830 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
  • 19,320 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • 16,370 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 16,370 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 16,370 Miles on Air Europa Club
  • 14,320 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 13,640 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 13,640 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
  • 13,640 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 13,640 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
  • 13,640 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 13,640 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 13,640 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
  • 13,640 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
  • 13,640 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • 13,640 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 3,750 Award Miles + 90 XP on FlyingBlue
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Hotels

If you don’t wish to use Expedia to book your hotel, you should take a look at the following hotel coupons, as they may save you quite a lot of money:

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.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Los Angeles, California (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Miami, Florida (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Currency

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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